2020 marked the Okanagan Science Centre's 30th Anniversary.
The Interior Space and Science Centre (formerly the Vernon Science Centre) opened in October 1990 in the TOLKO building in downtown Vernon. We relocated to the heritage Park School in Polson Park in March of 1997.
OSC offers a unique collection of hands-on exhibits that are based on scientific principles including Sound, Electricity and Magnetism, Light and Optics, Mechanics, Astronomy and Space Science.
In addition to our general tours, we offer special programs including School Break Camps, Birthday Parties, and School Field Trips (please check our Programs page).
We are also home to the Provincial Air Monitoring Station, which is available for public viewing. Several user groups also use our facilities including the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.
The Vernon Science and Discovery Society is registered non-profit society #119283448RR0001 (1985/08/22) that operates the Okanagan Science Centre. An annually elected volunteer Board of Directors directs both the Society and the Centre.
This is the original Vernon Schoolhouse that forms the core of our Science Centre building. Additions were later made to the rear (west) and left (south) sides.
Built in 1893 at its current location, adjacent to what is now Polson Park, by T.E.Crowell for $5000 it was eventually incorporated into Clarence Fulton School.
This is a registered Municipal Heritage Site recognized as the oldest surviving brick schoolhouse in BC.