Telus World of Science is a “brand” for a number of science centre, planetarium, and space centre facilities in Canada sponsored by Telus telecommunications company.
In Edmonton, Telus World of Science is formerly knowns as the Odyssium, prior to that Edmonton Space and Science Centre, and further prior to that Edmonton Space Sciences Centre.
In Calgary, Telus World of Science is also known as Telus Spark, previously named Calgary Science Centre.
In Vancouver, Telus World of Science is also known simply as Science World.
History – Edmonton Science World
The Telus World of Science – Edmonton is located on the southwest corner of Coronation Park in the neighbourhood of Woodcroft. The centre first opened in 1984 as a replacement for the Queen Elizabeth Planetarium located to the east, which had operated as Edmonton’s Planetarium since 1960 but had become limited by its 65 seating capacity. To commemorate Alberta’s 75th Anniversary, a new science centre was proposed. The original building was designed by architect Douglas J. Cardinal. When first opened in 1984, the new centre was called Edmonton Space Science Centre, and then later changed to Edmonton Space and Science Centre. In 2001, after expansion to the original building, the name was changed to the Odyssium. In 2005, the center was renamed to the Telus World of Science – Edmonton. The centre has a large planetarium dome theatre (the Margaret Zeidler Star Theatre) with 250-seat capacity for laser shows and star shows. Admission to shows in the Star Theatre is included in general admission.
Map – how to get to this science centre
Exact location of Edmonton Science Centre is indicated by Green Arrow on the following map (click EXTERNAL LINK below to view map).