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Journey back in time with these incredible vintage images of Science World (Photos)

Science World first opened its doors on May 6, 1989
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Science World - now the Telus World of Science - has their anniversary each year on May 6.

From Stephen Hawking to Queen Elizabeth to Mikhail Gorbachev, the science centre has welcomed a number of famous guests as well as 18 million visitors and counting.

Originally constructed as part of the Expo 86 World Fair, Vancouver’s iconic geodesic dome opened its doors in 1989. It featured a fully refurbished 10,200 square-meter science centre with dozens of hands-on exhibits and the largest OMNIMAX dome screen in the world.

“At Science World, we are extremely proud of the impact we’ve had on our community through exhibits and province-wide programs over the past 30 years. We are so grateful for our talented team, generous donors, and supportive community for helping Science World become such a flourishing centre of experiential learning,” said Dr. Scott Sampson, President and CEO of Science World, in 2019 as the venue celebrated three decades of delighting Vancouver.

“Looking to the future, we plan to make high-quality learning opportunities accessible to children and youth throughout British Columbia, while also engaging youth and adults in crowdsourcing a thriving future.”

The OMNIMAX Theatre, which seats 400 people, is the largest of its kind in the world. Its screen is a massive 27 metres in diameter and soars 5 storeys high. What's more, the length of the ramp leading to the Theatre is equal to the length of two football fields.

The impressive beaver dam in the Search: Sara Stern Gallery is a re-constructed, real beaver dam from the UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest near Maple Ridge, BC. 

Have a look at some of the incredible historical images taken at Science World.

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As Science World marks its 31st anniversary in 2020, the venue voted Vancouver's most iconic landmark in 2019 is closed due to the COVID-19 crisis, and the future of the learning and entertainment facility is shaky. You can donate to Science World here. 

At 2:20 p.m. on May 6 you can join a 31st birthday livestream party on Facebook to help celebrate Science World.

Editor's note: This article originally appeared on May 2, 2019 and has since been updated with new information.