Ontario Science Centre reports best summer attendance in ten years

    TORONTO, Sept. 1 /CNW/ - An exceptional summer season is drawing to a
close at the Ontario Science Centre, with over 291,000 visitors entering its
doors in the months of July and August. This is a 20% increase over last
year's attendance for these two months, making it the busiest summer in ten
years. Attendance from January 1 to August 31 is up 11% over last year.
    This success is attributed to the many popular and engaging exhibitions
presented this summer, including Lizards and Snakes: ALIVE! and The Science of
Spying as well as a broad selection of IMAX films in the Shoppers Drug Mart
(R) OMNIMAX(R) Theatre. Programming around the theme of FOOD: Sink your teeth
into Science also drove visitation.
    The Ontario Science Centre has been a favourite destination in Toronto
for the past four decades and this year's summer season is no exception.
Limited budgets in the current economic climate may have also persuaded
families to take day trips to and around the city rather than venturing far
from home.
    "In addition to its vast array of permanent offerings, the Ontario
Science Centre has hosted two temporary exhibitions during the summer months
drawing interest from a wide range of visitors," said Lesley Lewis, CEO of the
Ontario Science Centre. "We have an incredible forty year track record of
creating relevant, science related experiences that challenge, engage and
inform our visitors about themselves and the world around them."
    With the 40th birthday approaching on September 26 and BODY WORLDS & The
Story of the Heart opening on October 9, the summer's momentum is expected to
continue into fall. Four years ago when the Science Centre hosted BODY WORLDS
2, it drew record crowds totaling almost half a million visitors. BODY WORLDS
& The Story of the Heart will likely draw an even stronger crowd, as Dr.
Gunther von Hagens' exhibition will include the world premiere of several new
plastinates, including a brown bear that measures 2.23 m from head to feet!
This incredible plastinate took 6,555 hours to prepare.

    About the Ontario Science Centre:

    The Ontario Science Centre opened on September 26, 1969, pioneering the
concept of an interactive science museum. Since then, well over 40 million
visitors have passed through its doors. It is a model for over a thousand
science centres around the world that have been built since its inception.
    The Ontario Science Centre uses science as the lens to inspire and
actively engage people in new ways of seeing, understanding and thinking about
themselves and the world around them. The Ontario Science Centre is an agency
of the Government of Ontario. Please visit us at www.ontariosciencecentre.ca

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Flowers, Media Relations Officer, (416) 696-3154, ellen.flowers@osc.on.ca

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