The Johnson Geo Centre is the province’s premier science centre, located on Signal Hill in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. It is a not-for-profit organization, and a registered charity.
The Geo Centre’s mission is to educate and inform the public on the importance of Newfoundland and Labrador’s geology, and to foster curiosity in science and the world around them.
Open since 2002, the Geo Centre houses exhibit galleries related to our planet and our provincial geology, oil and gas exploration, natural resources, space exploration, and more. Features also include an educational play area for children aged 7 and under, periodic hosting of travelling exhibits, and a gift shop. The building offers interpretation through public presentations, and hands-on, curriculum-based programming for school groups.
Since the Johnson Geo Centre opened, it has continued to expand its exhibits and programs,. The Johnson Geo Centre has made great strides to provide valuable contributions to the science, engineering, and education communities. Our exhibits engage and inform visitors about Earth Science topics and concepts, and our Geo Classes provide fun, hands-on learning experiences based on approved curriculum. We are continuously searching for new ways to educate students and visitors in the geosciences. Consistent with our focus on promoting care for our planet and its resources, our facility incorporates state-of-the-art geothermal heating technology.
The Johnson Geo Centre is a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Museums Association (MANL), the Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC), the Association of Science and Technology Centres (ASTC), and the Canadian Museums Association (CMA). The centre partners with the Petroleum Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador (PEG-NL) each year to increase science awareness during National Engineering and Geoscience Week. We have also established relationships with the Canadian Space Agency, and most recently with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to assist with the launch the Geologic Journey documentary series.
The Geo Centre has also partnered with the private sector, most notably Exxon Mobil Canada, to develop a new Oil & Gas Gallery and to initiate and sponsor travelling exhibits from elsewhere in Canada. The Geo Centre has received funding from the Canadian Geological Foundation for its outdoor exhibit, “Rockscapes.” There are also annual fundraisers which are strongly supported by the local business community.