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. Make Johnson Geo Centre a part of your St. John's vacation plans using our St. John's day trip planning website.
Johnson Geo Centre Reviews
What a great location built in the granite of the rocks of St.John’s. A visionary man created this Mr Johnson. This is a place to learn more about the stony history. Fine place for children too! more »
We spent several happy hours at the GeoCentre, the shop and cafe on a bitterly cold day. It was far more than just somewhere to keep warm, well worth a visit to learn the geology of the area. The... more »
We liked it. Initially got a family membership because it is good for other Canadian Science Centers at least 150 km away or something like that. We used the much cheaper family membership at Geo to get into the Toronto Aquarium for free. Family membership benefits were reduced over time and eventually there wasn't any motivation to maintain it. If we go to a member science center in the future though, that has higher admission rates than the year family membership at Geo, we will definitely do it again!
This wasn't spectacular of a museum, but a good way to spend a rainy afternoon if you're looking for an indoor activity in St. John's. The graphic design for the posters were quite old school, and the majority of it was posters. The most interesting interactive portion was jumping on a little platform to make an earthquake. They had a section about the ocean, the earth (including rocks, planets, migration of humans), the Titanic, oil (sponsored by the oil industry and ending with career prospects/possibilities/food for thought), and a kids section. There is also a theatre that plays an introductory movie. It also has exposed rock from Signal Hill and you could spray it with water. Their gift shop sold cute earrings. I wouldn't come back for the museum, but I would come back for the gift shop. I'd say my visit lasted just over one hour.
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