New Discovery Centre

What started 30 years ago as a travelling science show from the back of a van, has now grown to the largest science centre in Atlantic Canada and one of the region’s most loved family institutions. The Discovery Centre has been a pillar of scientific discovery in Nova Scotia, pollinating 1.4 million minds by reinforcing curiosity, knowledge and innovation. But today, we are on the precipice of something monumental. We are building a new, state-of-the art Discovery Centre. The seed was planted with a tremendous gift from Nova Scotia Power – over 40,000 square feet of space in their corporate headquarters on the Halifax waterfront and title sponsorship of the new Energy Gallery.

With 30 years of bringing science to life for youth across our province we wanted to provide a behind the scenes look at the construction all the way back to our first beelievers. Follow us and take a look at this monumental milestone for the Discovery Centre and science in Nova Scotia.

2015-01-28 12:00:00

The "Before" Shot

Here's what the New Discovery Centre looked like just before construction started. This empty, massive shell will be transformed!

2015-06-08 05:18:49

It's our new Hive!

A banner marks the location of the New Discovery Centre Hive! This bland-looking concrete shell will soon get a complete makeover.

2015-06-15 00:00:00

Bee a part of the Legacy!

Nova Scotians asked to help beelieve in the New Discovery Centre Hive being built on the Halifax waterfront. Through its bee-themed Public Campaign, supporters can get involved in one of three creative fundraising initiatives as the New Centre looks to finish their Capital Campaign.

2015-07-09 16:06:49

Wade Dawe beelieves

One of Nova Scotia’s most successful and innovative business leaders, Wade Dawe, has taken a page out of his own book to help develop and fund a new entrepreneurship-based program "DC Makes" at the New Discovery Centre.

2015-07-21 16:06:49

Beelieve in the power of Science

Nova Scotia's hands-on Science Centre needs you to beelieve in science and support our New Discovery Centre that will inspire generations of Nova Scotians for years to come! Visit for more information and to donate today!

2015-07-21 16:06:49

What's to come...

Take a look inside to see Halifax's new Discovery Centre and how science will change the future generations of scientists. Help us build our New Hive and donate today to help make science fun and interesting for all.

2015-07-30 16:06:49

Construction Partner Announced!

“This is a marquee project in the downtown Halifax core and we couldn’t be more excited to be selected as the Discovery Centre’s building partner to help bring it to life,” Cory Bell, president of Lindsay Construction

2015-09-18 16:06:49

Meeting our NSP Neighbours

We went on site to meet our neighbours at Nova Scotia Power during their lunch hour. We had a blast with some hands-on fun activities and showed them our plans for the New Centre.

2015-10-23 00:00:00

Lindsay boss on site

Lindsay Construction President Cory Bell takes a tour of the site.

2015-11-02 16:06:49

DC Exhibits Team visit!

Exhibits Director, Jeff McCarron and his team take a break to visit the site of the new centre.

2015-11-02 16:06:49

Staircase to Science

The first two staircase levels are installed. The second two levels followed shortly after that. Together, the entire staircase weights about 16,000 kg - the equivalent of 10 mid-size cars!

2015-11-04 00:00:00

Sparks fly!

It's only the beginning and the sparks are already flying!

2015-11-16 00:00:00

Laying the steel

There is so much steel being used inside the New Discovery Centre. Here, the foundation for the floors are being installed.

2015-11-24 00:00:00

Circular steel for Dome Theatre

One of the most impressive features in the New Centre is the Immersive Dome Theatre. Here, the custom-made circular steel, cut in Ontario and shipped to Halifax, is installed by RKO Steel.

2015-11-24 00:00:00

Starting to take shape

The levels are starting to be defined as ,more steel gets laid.

2015-12-01 00:00:00

Video legwork

Site supervisor Ben and DC Communications Director consult with videographer Craig Moore about a fun project coming up.

2015-12-01 00:00:00

Working on the Theatre ribs

Tricky detail work on the steel ribs of the Dome Theatre.

2015-12-02 00:00:00

Going up!

Photographer Riley Smith captures life on the job inside the New Discovery Centre.

2015-12-02 00:00:00

On the site

Photographer Riley Smith captures views from the construction site.

2015-12-02 00:00:00

Dome Theatre on the rise

As the vertical steel ribs of the Theatre are installed, the shape and scale of the new Dome Theatre becomes clear. This huge structure has an internal volume of 5,500,000 litres, or 22,000,000 glasses of water!

2015-12-04 00:00:00

In consultation

Workers on the site confer about the details.

2016-01-02 12:00:00

Materials Galore!

There's reams of materials that go into building a 40,000 ft2 science centre!

2016-01-04 12:00:00

Light and Dark

The shell of the Immersive Dome Theatre sits in darkness compared to the bright basement level below.

2016-01-05 12:00:00

Wilson Gallery Taking Shape!

The Wilson Travelling Exhibits Gallery on the 1st floor taking shape. It's twice the size of the current Centre's Main Gallery!

2016-01-08 00:00:00

Pouring the Theatre Floor

The Immersive Dome Theatre has a new floor! The concrete has been poured, raked and struck!

2016-01-22 12:00:00

Where there's a will...

Concrete for the floors gets poured through a window opening.

2016-01-25 12:00:00

Prepping the floors

Workers are hard at work placing the wire meshing in preparation for another floor of concrete to be poured.

2016-01-26 12:00:00

The cat walk is no cake walk!

Welders continue their steady work on the Immersive Dome Theatre's cat walk. An intense job.

2016-01-28 12:00:00

High gloss!

Brand new and shiny new concrete floors in the Wilson Travelling Exhibits Gallery!

2016-01-31 00:00:00

A Ray of Light for RBC

It's so bright in here, we're going to need shades in the RBC Kids Gallery!

2016-02-11 12:00:00

He's got a great view!

One of the site workers waits at the window opening on the very top floor for a drop of bricks. His view is of the Seaport Market, Pier 21 and out into the mouth of the Halifax Harbour.

2016-02-12 12:00:00

Precision is important

Cutting bricks for requires patience and precision.

2016-02-17 12:00:00

Am I going to fit under here?

Our skyjack operator appears to be sizing up his head space, but he was actually working on the wall.

2016-03-04 12:00:00

A drywall job like no other

The walls of the Immersive Dome Theatre are going up over the steel frame. This is going to take a whole lot of drywall!

2016-03-09 12:00:00

Drama and Detail of the Theatre Roof

The steel ribs of the Immersive Dome Theatre roof showcase how dramatic and detailed this unique structure really is.

2016-03-15 12:00:00

Up, up and away!

One of four huge concrete slabs are removed from the building to make way for the New Centre's entrance. Each slab weighs 2.5 tonnes and is 12 inches thick.

2016-03-16 01:00:00


With four concrete panels removed, we now have the makings of our New Centre entrance. Doors to come soon!

2016-03-29 12:00:00

The ultimate drywall project!

Work continues on the inside of the Immersive Dome Theatre, where an epic drywall project is underway.

2016-04-05 12:00:00

A bridge to somewhere!

We're installing our new bridge to get you across the threshold in our new facility. And we promise that with this bridge, once installed, there won't be any big lifts!

2016-04-06 12:00:00

Discovering the New Discovery Centre with Freya

See what happens when precocious six-year-old Freya Neilson simply can't wait to get into the New Discovery Centre. It's a light-hearted look at the building of the New Centre.

2016-05-02 12:00:00

Let there be light!

Imagine the light that will soon be streaming through these giant new windows! It's certainly going to brighten the joint up!

2016-05-12 12:00:00

Stairway to Heaven!

Our incredible entrance way, featuring our floating staircase, is coming along exceptionally well. As soon as visitors walk in they will see a buzz of activity.

2016-05-18 05:18:49

How's that for a view!

We'll be able to count the cruise ships and check on our friends at the Seaport Market and Pier 21! And this is just the view from one of our windows!

2016-05-25 12:00:00

Support System

A view down from the top level where the mighty trusses, from the original transformer station, can be seen supporting the building.

2016-05-30 12:00:00

On the job

One of the electricians at work, bending conduit for electrical power conductor.

2016-06-06 12:00:00

Even more drywall!

Our drywall contractors are seen here installing the steel framing and studs to accommodate more drywall. There's a lot of walls in the New Discovery Centre!

2016-06-10 12:00:00

A different kind of shoe

Workers install the "shoe" or aluminum base for the glass wall that runs the length of the top floor. Hope they're not afraid of heights!

2016-06-27 12:00:00

Something to see

Installation of the projection surface in the Immersive Dome Theatre. It adds an entirely new look and complexity to the interior.

2016-06-29 12:00:00

Freya has a play date with the Premier

In episode 2 of Discovering the New Discovery Centre with Freya, the Premier joins her for a very special play date.

2016-07-06 12:00:00

Taking a peek

The top of the Immersive Dome Theatre peeking out at the top of the second floor.

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