The completely renewed Canada Science and Technology Museum opened on November 17, 2017 – nearly 50 years to the day of its original opening in 1967!
It’s more fun than ever to celebrate Canada’s long history of scientific and technological achievements! The museum has combined the interactive and hands-on elements it’s known for with cutting-edge technologies like augmented reality. Although the building and exhibits are new, loyal visitors are happy to see that a few of their favourite elements have pride of place in the new space.
Here are just a few highlights of what you’ll find at the new Canada Science and Technology Museum:
The new exhibit called Steam: A World in Motion explores how Canada’s steam technology transformed the way we live. The massive exhibit space features ship and wind tunnel models, as well as the popular steam locomotives that were in the original museum (they’re so large that the new museum had to be built around them!). Ever wonder what it was like to be the engineer of a CN-6400 steam locomotive? Step into a 360 virtual reality engine room and take control of the train’s functions!
Just for kids
For the first time, the museum has a space dedicated to children aged two to eight years of age. In the Children’s Gallery, kids are encouraged to play with tactile and interactive modules, such as a gear wall, building station, play structure and much more. The ZOOOMobile area is a big hit: kids can design and build their own miniature wooden vehicles and test them by rolling them up and down an undulated track!
Since the museum opened in 1967, visitors of all ages have enjoyed walking through the dizzying Crazy Kitchen. The beloved crooked kitchen is now at the centre of an exhibition space called Crazy Kitchen + which includes other unique elements meant to confuse your senses.
Then and now
The Technology in Our Lives zone explores how over time, generations are shaped by our daily interactions with technology. For example, the Tiny House compares the size of the average house Canadians lived in at the end of the Second World War to an average house today. The exhibit also delves into our two-way relationship with microelectronics and digital tools – how we influence their development, and in turn, how they shape our way of life.
Over 700 artifacts are on display in Artifact Alley, the museum’s dazzling new centre hall which includes the lobby, digital entry, demonstration stage and more. The vast collection includes everything from canoes to cameras. In addition, interactive niches provide hands-on experiences with some of the items.
Many more new experiences await, including a large hall to welcome traveling exhibitions from around the world and an exterior park space where visitors and community members can gather.
Show us your favourite aspects of the new Canada Science and Technology Museum by using the #MyOttawa hashtag when sharing your photos on social media!