Canada's first permanent digital gallery is coming to Calgary's Science Centre

Mar 16 2021, 8:06 pm

Digital galleries and exhibits (such as the immersive Van Gogh experience) have been travelling the country lately, but Calgary’s TELUS Spark Science Centre is about to get the first permanent display in Canada.

The digital immersion gallery will allow visitors the chance to get up close and personal with science and explore topics such as space, the human brain, and nature.

“Imagine walking into a gallery where it feels you are stepping into the pages of a storybook, or a human brain, or the inside of a leaf,” describes Mary Anne Moser, president and CEO of Telus Spark Science Centre.

“Digital immersion is a powerful way to engage people from all walks of life in the world where science meets creativity.”

The digital gallery is part of the science centre’s¬†five-phase organizational plan,¬†Roadmap to the 2020s. They are currently in phase one, which includes $5.88 million in upgrades to the facility.

By the end of the year, TELUS Spark will have the permanent digital gallery installed, an updated main floor café, new classroom spaces, and an outdoor program that visitors can explore before entering the admission area.

Technology upgrades to the dome theatre are also expected to be complete in 2021, and the theatre will soon feature the option of popcorn and drinks to give viewers a real movie-going experience.

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Courtesy of TELUS Spark Science Centre

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Courtesy of TELUS Spark Science Centre

As if that isn’t all exciting enough, a new ice cream bar will be opening at TELUS Spark in May, and its offerings will be space themed. We’re not exactly sure what that means, but we can’t wait to find out.

The ice cream bar will be located prior to the admission area, so visitors to the science centre and members of the general public alike can sample some space-themed delicacies for themselves.

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Courtesy of TELUS Spark Science Centre

Calgary’s science centre aims to be one of the top 10 in the world, and this is just the beginning ‚Äď visitors can expect tons more upgrades and changes in the coming years.

TELUS Spark is slated to reopen on March 25, with plans to launch the ice cream bar on May 14.

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