Expo 86

Science World has been a major part of so many families lives here in Vancouver, but do you know how it came to be? Originally built for Expo 86, an international exposition held in Vancouver, Science World has evolved over the years into a thriving institution that inspires and educates visitors of all ages. Expo 86 brought so many incredible new things to the city of Vancouver and Science World was one of the most interesting for sure, this year they are celebrating that with an Expo 86 Summer merch line!

Science World Arrives in Vancouver 1986

The idea for Science World emerged during the planning stages for Expo 86, a world’s fair with the theme “Transportation and Communication: World in Motion, World in Touch.” The organizers envisioned a science pavilion that would showcase interactive exhibits, hands-on activities, and engaging demonstrations to promote scientific understanding and exploration. Led by the non-profit organization Science World British Columbia, the project gained momentum and secured funding from both government and private sources.

Science World under construction 1984 photo from Science World

Architect Bruno Freschi’s distinctive dome-shaped building became an architectural marvel and a symbol of Expo 86. Its one-of-a-kind geodesic structure was inspired by the work of renowned inventor and architect R. Buckminster Fuller and is covered with a white Teflon-coated fibreglass membrane. The building, originally known as the Expo Centre, quickly became one of the fair’s most popular attractions.

What Happened After Expo??

After Expo 86, there was a strong desire to keep the science centre and its educational mission going. The province of British Columbia, in collaboration with private donors, provided the funds required to convert the Expo Centre into a permanent science centre.

Today, Science World remains a thriving centre for scientific discovery and exploration. It welcomes visitors of all ages, including families, students, educators, and curious individuals looking to broaden their scientific knowledge and appreciation. Science World plays an important role in fostering scientific literacy and inspiring the next generation of innovators in Vancouver and beyond, thanks to its engaging exhibits, awe-inspiring demonstrations, and commitment to accessibility and inclusivity.

Tell Me More About The Merch

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Bringing back some of the amazing old merch designs from 86 Science World has launched an incredible Summer line of vintage style merch. With tie-dyed colours, our favourite little expo astronaut, and great vintage looks like bucket hats and fanny packs you are bound to find something perfect for yourself or a retro fan in your life.

Of course you don’t have to visit in person to buy these goodies but it is one of the most fun ways to check out the collection. Nothing fits in better with a day at Science World without a browse through the giftshop – always one of my favourite parts.

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