14 vintage photos of Science World you've probably never seen before

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Science World under construction (Science World)

It’s 30 years ago today that Expo 86 opened at the newly-built Expo Centre – now Science World – in Vancouver.

But how did the giant, silver dome – the hub of our amazing world’s fair – become the beloved landmark we all know and love?

A woman poses in front of the Expo Centre (now Science World) at Expo 86 (Science World)

SEE ALSO: Science World: From Expo 86 to a world of wonder

Starting with the rare photo above, showing the construction of Science World in 1985, here’s a look back at the very beginnings of our favourite geodesic dome.

1986 – Expo 86 brings the world to Vancouver

Science World at Expo 86 (Science World)

Science World, then known as the Expo Centre, at Expo 86 (Science World)

Science World, then known as the Expo Centre, at Expo 86 (Science World)

Science World, then known as the Expo Centre, at Expo 86 (Science World)

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SEE ALSO: 19 vintage photos of Expo 86 in Vancouver

1987 – Science World gets Royal approval

Queen Elizabeth II visiting the newly re-named Science World in 1987 (Science World)

Queen Elizabeth II dedicated the building “for the people of British Columbia” in 1987 (Science World)

Queen Elizabeth dedicated the building "for the people of British Columbia" (Science World)

Local, provincial and national government agreed to make it the home of science in B.C.(Science World)

1988 – Science World is expanded before opening

1988 expansion of Science World (Science World)

Renovations of the (not quite open) Science World in 1988 (Science World)

1989 – Science World finally opens…

Science World opens in 1989 (Science World)

Science World opens in 1989 (Science World)

The newly opened Science World welcomed 705,000 visitors in its first year (Science World)

The newly opened Science World welcomed 705,000 visitors in its first year (Science World)

Old fashioned science at Science World (Science World)

Old fashioned science at Science World (Science World)

…and quickly captures our imagination!

Inside a giant camera at the newly opened Science World in 1989 (Science World)

Looking inside a giant camera at the newly opened Science World in 1989 (Science World)

Conducting science experiments for visitors in 1989 (Science World)

Conducting science experiments for visitors in 1989 (Science World)

Visitors playing with sand at the new Science World in 1989 (Science World)

Visitors playing with sand at the new Science World in 1989 (Science World)

Huge bubble fun at Science World in 1989 (Science World)

Huge bubble fun at Science World in 1989 (Science World)

A young visitor marvelling at bubbles at Science World in 1989 (Science World)

A young visitor marvelling at bubbles at Science World in 1989 (Science World)

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