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Aurora Project: Build Your New Science Centre

Because the sky isn't the limit. Because celebrating science opens up a world of discovery. Because curious minds need space to explore. The Aurora Project is reimagining TELUS World of Science - Edmonton and redefining what a science centre can be.

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With $650,000 to go until we reach our $41.5 million fundraising goal, you can be a part of making the Aurora Project's vision come to life and get us over the finish line! Read on to hear about Alexandra, Jill, and Stephanie's inspirational stories and learn how you can help.

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What’s new?

Health Zone

Your health story starts with your genes, but they are not the whole story of you… Health Zone takes you through some of the different factors that influence your health. The gallery is divided into five zones with hands-on exhibits that let you explore.

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Our new Indigenous Traditional Room will be a welcoming place for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to gather. It will feature local Indigenous artwork, ceremonial drums, blankets, and sacred medicines. There will also be teachings by the in-house Elder and Land-Based Navigator.

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John Hault Founders Lounge

John Hault’s vision for science education in our community inspired generations of Edmontonians to explore the sky and marvel at the wonders of the universe. The continued success of the science centre is a tribute to his tireless efforts and ambitious dreams. The John Hault Founders Lounge is a hosting space for community stakeholders. There are tables, soft seating, and a small kitchen space that is stocked with snacks and beverages.

Galaxy Gift Shop

Our quirky new Galaxy Gift Shop, a truly unique shopping experience that is sure to incite inquisitive minds.

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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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The Aurora Project is generously supported by:


Thank you for over $40 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

Edmonton Civic Employees Charitable Assistance Fund

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

The Newell Family
Syncrude Canada Ltd.

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
- Wanda Whitford
Canada Life
Capital Power
HSAA: The Union of Healthcare Professionals
E. (Ben) & Mary Hochhausen Family
Lorna and Don Kramer
Servus Credit Union
TD Bank Group

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

- Doug Carlyle
- Donna Clare
- Grant Kidd Consulting
- Dr. J.D. DiBattista Consulting Ltd.
- Grant Kidd Consulting Ltd.
- Georg and Monika Josi
- James Montgomery
- Robert Swart
Butler Family Foundation
Edmonton Community Foundation
Nelson Fok
Northwest Territories Tourism
Family of the late Dr. T. K. Idicula
Franklin Loehde
Municipal Climate Change Action Centre
Alan Nursall & Jennifer Pink
Jackson & Tracy von der Ohe
The family of Carole and Bart West

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

Ken & Amy Bautista
Dr. Sarah Chapelsky
Doug & Wendy Elkow
John & Irene McDougall
Nunastar Properties Inc.
Lisa Miller & Farrel Shadlyn, Q.C.
Prairie Gold Scaffolding Ltd.
G.D. “Bud” Salloum

Full List of Donors

These visionary Edmontonians have helped bring the Aurora Project to Life

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Questions about the Aurora Project

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 are now expanding the building by 20,000 square feet which will include the Arctic Exhibition in the Newell Gallery, and Health Zone in the 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 emulcair@twose.ca 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.