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Johnson GEO CENTRE, St. John's
Categories: Science Museums, Museums
For a fun and educational experience, head to Johnson GEO CENTRE, a science and geology museum on Signal Hill. Overlooking St. John's, most of the museum building actually sits underground, with walls of exposed hill rock adding to the atmosphere. See a wide range of minerals, rocks, and fossils, admire the massive solar system replica, watch a 3D movie about the earth, or view the exhibits about the Titanic tragedy. Among the many interactive and interesting displays, you can learn about Canada's nature, history, and space exploration efforts. Arrange your visit to Johnson GEO CENTRE and discover more family-friendly attractions in St. John's using our St. John's itinerary builder.
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We came for a short look-in and stayed 'til closing and then came back the next morning. The guides are wonderful in their knowledge and presentations, and the displays are brilliant examples of what ... read more »
take in the movie there are a few short ones and a longer one for 20 min in the main theatre. Good displays and like that the rock is exposed and gives a feeling of being there. The titanic area could... read more »
We spent a whole afternoon here. Great place to be when it is raining outside. We took in the 3D movie, and went through all the exhibits. Our 4 year old got a little tired of us trying to read everyt... read more »
A good place to visit if it's a rainy day outside. The exposed underground rock faces are pretty interesting to see. Those looking for a purely science centre experience will be somewhat disappointed. The Geo Centre nails the natural history exhibit, with a large section dedicated to learning about the composition of the earth underneath Newfoundland. However, the oil exhibit sponsored by ExxonMobil seems forced and biased. The Titanic exhibit is interested and very through, but the constant truth reminders in the exhibit signs show level of unexplained bias. We spent a half a day there and came out with mixed feelings. We felt educated from the natural sciences point of view, then we were hit with oil and gas propaganda, followed by a pretty somber walkthrough of the Titanic's final moments.
This uniquely situated science centre presents exhibits that highlight the history of Newfoundland, its geology, and features an indoor "rock wall" that is part of the building (the building is on top of Signal Hill, so they built it to expose the wall as part of the exhibit). It had a cool section on the Titanic but you could probably complete the whole thing in a couple hours and not want to go back. However, the 5 dollar movies did seem like a nice offering if I decided to revisit in the future.
Interesting exhibit for older kids and they have a seperate play area for younger children. The theatre shows current movies even some in 3D. The gift shop and a wide variety of educational toys, jewelry, and crafts. It's a nice stop while you're in the area.
I liked the fact that the GEO centre is built into Signal Hill. The walls are left bare so that you can see the granite that they are composed of. The displays are informative and well laid out. The one negative is that there are not a lot of activities for kids (not many interactive displays, etc). It is mostly a lot of reading which won't hold kids interest for too long. There is a play area but it is a generic play area and does not contain activities that fit the theme of the GEO centre; it more resembles a McDonalds play area.
Interesting exhibits. Knowledgeable staff. Cost of treats in the cafe is pricey.
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