Science World Celebrates 30th Anniversary!

Science World Celebrates 30th Anniversary!

One of Vancouver's most photographed landmarks turns 30 on Monday, after ushering more than 18 million people through its doors since its inception.

Science World was constructed in 1985, a year ahead of Expo '86. It first served as the Expo Preview Centre and then as the Expo Centre when the fair opened. Provincial officials decided the building would be one of few structures that would remain when the fair ended.

After Expo, the building underwent a $19-million expansion to house what was the Arts, Sciences and Technology Centre in downtown Vancouver. It reopened on May 6, 1989, to much fanfare.

Despite the challenges that came with constantly updating a facility that was only meant to last six months, Science World's officials say they want to push forward with more changes. The patio at the base of the dome will soon become a digital learning centre by day and an event space by night, Sampson says.

And there's a constant influx of new partnerships and programming to facilitate science learning not only in Vancouver, but across the province. "This building has become an icon for Vancouver coming of age," Sampson said. "Today we are looking to re-brand it as this place that's all about British Columbia's future. And I have every expectation that in 30 years it will still be here."