Science World announced that they had record breaking attendance in 2018, with a whopping 20 per cent increase since 2017.
The centre greeted over one million visitors last year, which it attributes to a number of factors including outreach programs all over British Columbia, revitalization of permanent exhibits, high-profile feature exhibitions and films, and programs such as the Class Field Trip Bursary Program that enable thousands of youth from underserved schools to visit Science World.
Science World highlighted a recently-installed permanent exhibition called Wonder, which offers hands-on learning for little kids under 5. In addition, the centre noted Tinkering Space: The Worksafe BC Gallery, which is meant to spark imaginative wonder in older kids.
They also mention how successful temporary exhibitions, such as The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and The Science Behind PIXAR, brought major traffic through the doors.
“We’re thrilled to have served a record number of visitors over this past year. It speaks to the remarkable impacts of experiential learning, and to the important role of science centres,” said Scott Sampson, President & CEO of Science World.
“Science World is empowering youth with skills in critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity, all of which are essential for success in the emerging innovation economy.”
This year, Science World will celebrate its 30th anniversary, having served over 18 million people since Expo ‘86 with attendance increasing annually.