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Aurora Project: Build Your New Science Centre

The Aurora Project is reimagining TELUS World of Science – Edmonton and redefining what a science centre can be. This initiative is a catalyst for creativity and innovation, breathing new life into one of Alberta’s most beloved facilities. Through the Aurora Project we are building a science centre that makes science and technology accessible for all ages and connects big thinkers, dreamers, and innovators.

To date, we have raised $39.5 million and need an additional $2 million to make this vision a reality. Every donation made to the Aurora Project invests in the limitless potential of our children and future generations to come. You can be a part of building a science centre that inspires curiosity in your community.

Please consider a tax-deductible donation today, every gift will make a great difference for hands-on science education in your community.

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Why donate?

Because the sky isn’t the limit. Because celebrating science opens up a world of discovery. Because curious minds need space to explore. Currently, the science centre has the smallest footprint out of all major science centre’s in Canada, yet we have more annual guests for our size than any other. The demand for more programming and hands-on learning is strong, and our centre needs to grow to reflect the needs of our community.

Your gift will create new galleries which will allow children and adults to learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM). Our children need to explore STEAM beyond the classroom by learning through hands-on experiences like the ones here at the science centre. STEAM increases the ability to think critically and creatively, problem solve, become a leader or entrepreneur, and adapt to change.

Your gift in support of the Aurora Project will ignite curiosity and inspire discovery in 86,000 students per year and close to 500,000 annually visitors from around the world as they explore new experiences during their visit to the science centre.

What’s next?

This bold new vision continues as we break ground on the expansion of the science centre in Summer 2020. This final phase will feature a new Arctic exhibition that will take guests on a journey to the North, a completely renovated Health exhibition in the Allard Family Gallery, and engaging outdoor exploration spaces. This project will keep TELUS World of Science – Edmonton on the forefront of the amazing world of science and technology and we cannot wait for you to experience it.

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What’s new?

The Science Garage

The new widely expanded and improved activity space provides hands-on design engineering activities. The new Science Garage helps facilitate some amazing skill building for all of our guests from young to old.

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As the name suggests, CuriousCITY is a bright, colourful and thrilling new gallery for inquisitive children age 8-years-old and younger. The new gallery features several iconic Edmonton landmarks and attractions, such as the Muttart Conservatory, the Queen Elizabeth Planetarium, and the High Level Bridge.

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The Nature Exchange

The Nature Exchange is a beautiful new gallery where you can become natural history researchers, simply by exploring your own backyards! Visit the Trading Centre, where you can analyze, discuss, interpret and catalogue your natural item. Trade your item to earn points. The more information you learn about your item, the more points you can earn!

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S.P.A.C.E. Gallery

S.P.A.C.E. Gallery is a reimaging of one of the science centre ’s most loved galleries. Get ready for a journey of discovery when you step into the new space and are swept away in an informative presentation in the new Destination Moon theatre. Through new exhibits learn about the very beginnings of our solar system, stars, planets, and so much more!

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The Zeidler Dome

The Zeidler Dome takes you from the outer edges of the universe to the core of the atom. You will explore science like never before in this digital visualization theatre that is a world leading 10K resolution experience. Zeidler Dome is your seat to the edge of the universe!

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View The Aurora Project in Action:

The Aurora Project is generously supported by:


With over $39.5 million in capital funds committed from the City of Edmonton, Government of Canada, The Province of Alberta and visionary Edmontonians.

Aurora Borealis ($1,000,000+)

Allard Foundation

Polaris ($500,000-$999,999)

Syncrude Canada Ltd.
TD Bank Group

Ursa Major ($100,000-$499,999)

2017 – 2018 Edmonton Space & Science Foundation Board of Directors:
- Kara Flynn, Chair
- Sharilee Fossum, Vice-Chair / Treasurer
- Jordan Hokanson, Past Chair
- Lisa Austin
- Jason Ding
- Tim Fell
- Jennifer Kwan
- Frank Mannarino
- Jonathan Schaeffer
- Larry Schindel
- Keith Shillington
Canada Life
Capital Power
E. (Ben) & Mary Hochhausen Family
Lorna and Don Kramer
Servus Credit Union

Ursa Minor ($25,000-$99,999)

Alan Nursall & Jennifer Pink
Butler Family Foundation
- Donna Clare

- Doug Carlyle

- Grant Kidd Consulting

- Dr. J.D. DiBattista Consulting Ltd.

- Georg and Monika Josi

- James Montgomery

- Robert Swart

Family of the late Dr. T. K. Idicula
Jackson & Tracy von der Ohe
The Family of Carole and Bart West

Draco ($10,000-$24,999)

Ken & Amy Bautista
Doug & Wendy Elkow
John & Irene McDougall
G.D. “Bud” Salloum
Lisa Miller & Farrel Shadlyn, Q.C.

Full List of Donors

These visionary Edmontonians have helped bring the Aurora Project to Life

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1. What is the Aurora Project?

The Aurora Project will modernize some of your most loved, but outdated exhibits and will add 20,000 square feet of new gallery space and visitor amenities.

2. What is being renovated?

So far we have completed renovations to the Zeidler Dome, S.P.A.C.E. Gallery, CuriousCITY, The Nature Exchange, Purple Pear Restaurant and The Science Garage. We will now embark on the expansion of 20,000 square feet which will include the Arctic Gallery, and Health exhibition in Allard Family Gallery.

3. How can I support this project?

You can donate online, in person at the box office, or by mail. Any donation great or small will make a huge difference to our campaign. You can pledge a one-time, monthly or annual donation.

You can also become a Stargazer and receive your name on a seat in the Zeidler Dome.

4. What is renovated that I can already see?

5. What year will the new science centre be completed?

Visitors will be able to enjoy the new science centre in 2022.

6. Is the TELUS World of Science - Edmonton a non-profit?

Yes! TELUS World of Science – Edmonton is operated by the Edmonton Space & Science Foundation, a non-profit organization and registered charity (#10728 3236 RR0001).

7. What will my donation do?

Your donation will go directly towards the Aurora Project renovations. You are investing in the imagination and inspiration of 86,000 students per year and close to 500,000 annually visitors. Your gift will help build a science program to fuel innovation and inspire our community by elevating the scientific conversation.

8. Will I receive a tax receipt for my donation?

Yes, your gift is 100% tax deductible as we are a registered charity (ESSF Charitable Registration #10728 3236 RR0001). All gifts $20 or more will receive a tax receipt.

9. How will I be recognized?

Gifts can be made in your name, anonymously, or in honour of/memory of a loved one. Donors above a certain amount will receive their names on our donor wall. You may also choose to become a Stargazer by donating a seat in the Zeidler dome ($2500). There are also many naming opportunities within our galleries and you can learn more by contacting Erin Mulcair at or 780-452-9100 ext. 2379.

10. What are the donation levels?

Every amount counts! Download our donation levels here

11. Will the project be canceled because of COVID-19?

The Aurora Project will continue to go forward on schedule despite COVID-19.