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It's scientific proof. We make science, technology, engineering and math oh-so-fun!

Cultural Learning Institution in Your Backyard

Imagination Station is a community resource that plays an integral role in shaping both the educational and cultural landscape of Lucas County. With educational resources for both families and educators, the science center helps engage learners of all ages in STEM education. We provide curricula that is aligned to current standards to enhance learning in the classroom, and we make the sciences fun and engaging so that anyone visiting the science center can experience how exciting and accessible the sciences are. Our exhibits, educational programs, science demonstrations and interactive activities provide unique learning opportunities that are not possible within the pages of a textbook or within a classroom setting.

The science center also adds an important layer to the rich culture of the Toledo region. In addition to being educational, we are also an entertainment center that provides a fun space for families and educators every day. Our temporary exhibitions bring unique experiences to Toledo every year. Through these, we draw visitors to Lucas County. About 60% of our 200,000 yearly visitors come from outside Lucas County to spend their time and money within Toledo. 

What has been done?

Imagination Station has welcomed over 1.4 million visitors since opening, and the science center has continued to grow and evolve in order to provide more resources to Lucas County and Northwest Ohio. During the 2008 and 2012 levy campaigns, Imagination Station promised to provide a robust, fresh educational and cultural resource, and we have delivered.

We have continually looked for ways to improve our facility, our educational offerings and our community impact. Here is a brief snapshot of what we have accomplished over the past four years.

Permanent Upgrades

Imagination Station has worked to keep our facility top-notch, and we have aggressively pursued community and private support to do so. This has resulted in upgrades both big and small throughout the science center. Some of the larger permanent upgrades include:

IDEA Lab (May 2016)

Step inside this brand new learning space to experience a world of science, art, engineering and design where you will explore with familiar materials and construct your own understanding of the world around you. Presented by: The Science Society; Supported by: Eaton, NAMSA and The Zenith Foundation.

Eat It Up! (February 2016)

This exhibition has been re-imagined with new graphics and visuals to create a new experience and make the educational content more interactive and accessible. Presented by: ProMedica.

Live Report! (October 2015)

This exhibit was upgraded with new videos and was given a new location. Visitors can step into the newsroom through the power of a green screen. Presented by: Buckeye Cable Systems.

Simulator Theater (August 2014)

This interactive experience received a new HD display and a new film, Over The Edge!, that sends visitors on an exhilarating journey down a snow-covered mountainside. Presented by: The Taylor Automotive Family

Temporary Exhibitions

Imagination Station is dedicated to bringing new educational experiences to Toledo through an exciting roster of temporary exhibitions that change approximately every six months. Since 2012, Imagination Station has hosted 8 different temporary exhibits and exhibitions spanning a wide range of educational topics:

Design Zone (May 27 – September 5, 2016)

Go behind the scenes and explore how video game developers, music producers, roller coaster designers and other creative problem solvers use math and science to create something amazing! Presented by: Comfort Line FiberFrame and SSOE; Supported by: The Ohio Lottery and The Clement O. Miniger Memorial Foundation.

MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition (October 17, 2015 – April 24, 2016)

Discover the madness behind the method! Apply the scientific method to uncover the truth behind popular myths. Presented by: BP; Media Sponsor: The Blade.

GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World (February 14 – May 17, 2015)

Rock out and discover the science and history behind the instrument that revolutionized music: the guitar. Media Sponsors: The Blade, 13abc and Cumulus Media.

Dinosaurs Unearthed (October 25, 2014 – April 12, 2015)

Experience a new reality and venture back in time 65 million years with animatronic dinosaurs, educational interactives, skeletons, fossils and more! Presented by BP; Media Sponsors: The Blade, 13abc and Cumulus Media.

NASA's Science On a Sphere (June 19 – September 21, 2015)

Explore a 6-foot globe for a spectacular look at not just our world but also the universe! Four projectors cast rotating images onto a sphere to create 3D images of the Earth, the universe and more. Presented by NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH; Supported by NASA's Space Communications and Navigations Program.

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition (February 15 – September 21, 2014)

Experience the legend of Titanic like never before with real artifacts recovered from the wreckage and room re-creations. Presented by BP; Media Sponsors: The Blade and 13abc.

Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body (May 18, 2013 – January 5, 2014)

This exhibition teaches visitors about the gross things their body does through interactive exhibits and engaging animatronics. Presented by The Ohio Lottery; Media Sponsor: The Blade.

Sesame Street Presents: The Body (October 2, 2012 – January 13, 2013)
Set in the fun, familiar and reassuring world of Sesame Street, this exhibition offers an engaging, free-flowing learning experience about the body.