About Imagination Station

Imagination Station, Toledo’s hands-on science center on the downtown riverfront, is a vital non-profit organization and an integral part of Toledo’s economic, educational and social landscape. Imagination Station provides a critical layer of science enrichment by serving as an educational partner for teachers, schools and parents. It’s with a thoughtful blend of hundreds of hands-on exhibits, experiences, education and excitement that Imagination Station is inspiring future generations of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers in northwest Ohio.


The mission of Imagination Station is to be a sustainable science center that inspires in children the wonder of science and technology, preparing them for lives and careers in our knowledge-based economy. Imagination Station employs their mission to impact:

  • Families – offering families an opportunity to learn together as a unit; exploring the science center, asking questions and sharing in the educational process, all while spending quality time together. 
  • Schools – serving as an extension of the classroom, offering teachers valuable, academically aligned exhibit guides to enhance their students’ visit. Additionally, Imagination Station offers a wealth of inquiry-based activities on their website for use in the classroom or at home.
  • Community – participating as a responsible steward of the northwest Ohio community. The science center actively participates in community growth opportunities and educational partnerships.

– Mission adopted January 2009


Toledo’s science center (formerly known as COSI Toledo), began operation in March 1997, welcoming more than 3 million visitors before closing its doors on December 31, 2007, due to financial challenges. After a successful levy campaign and win in the 2008 general election, the science center, renamed Imagination Station, opened to the public on October 10, 2009.  (Read more…)