Johnson Geo CentreCurrently Closed
- Address: 175 Signal Hill Road, St. John’s, Newfoundland Labrador, Canada A1A 1B2, St. Johns
- Timings: 09:30 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-7097377880
- Ticket Price: 12 USD
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
The Johnson Geo Centre is a geological interpretation centre situated in St. John’s. The building was built in a natural rock basin that was cut from the ancient rock of Signal Hill. The Geo Centre takes you deep underground to experience the story of our planet, the future & space. While on your visit, do visit the ‘ExxonMobil Oil & Gas Gallery’ & ‘Titanic Story’. Apart from the main display areas, the Centre is also home to an auditorium, classroom and a gift shop. Everything about the Geo Centre, from the building itself to its exhibits, is marvellous and has a fascinating story. Head over here to spend 2-3 hours exploring this phenomenon.
- Adults: USD 12, Seniors (60+): USD 9
- Students: USD 9, Youth (5-17): USD 6
- Family Pass: USD 32
- Bus stop at Duckworth Street
- Hiring a taxi or renting a car is recommended
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95% of people who visit St. Johns include Johnson Geo Centre in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
51.69% of people start their Johnson Geo Centre visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Johnson Geo Centre
91.72% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Johnson Geo Centre
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.
Not cheap the get in, however a nice place yo visit if you are interested in natural history and ocean exploration. You can easy spend a couple of hours entertaining yourself. The True facts on the Titanic are really good, a real eye opener.
We spent about 4 hours here yesterday, and left only because they were closing. There is so much to see and learn! The Titanic exhibit was very thorough and interesting. Yes, one could read any number of books and gain the same knowledge, but the displays and models made it a much broader experience. There is even a room with iceberg “aquariums” that really put these big chunks of ice in perspective! We spent a lot of time, and read every board. If you don’t want to take that much time, the regularly scheduled staff tours are great, as the tour guide provides a summary of the story as you move through the exhibit. The many rocks on display are very interesting - IF you’re interested in how rocks are formed and seeing samples of each type. There are also exhibits about plate tectonics and the history of earth and life on earth that I found very fascinating. Then you move on to space exploration exhibits. This wasn’t very detailed, but it was nice to see the progression from billion year old rocks to space travel. My only disappointment was the lack of information/exhibits about the ocean floor. There was just a minor display, and considering Newfoundland is an island, AND the majority of Earth is water, I felt emphasis could have been expanded. There is a very small exhibit about sponges, however. If you want to understand the “how and where’s” of oil drilling, there is a very detailed exhibit to satisfy that curiosity. Overall, the Geo Centre is a well designed and fascinating place.
Johnson Geo Centre is a magnificent place where you can learn more about the geological, historical and social origins of the region. Guided tours are very passionate, in particular the one about the Titanic. I assisted a conference about the creation of icebergs which was also very interesting. Staff is very intellectual and professional. The greatest thing about this centre is that it's located under the old rocks of Signal Hill which you can observe and touch. If you visit St. John's for the first time, visiting this centre should be right on the top of your list.