This article was originally written and submitted as part of a Canada 150 Project, the Innovation Storybook, to crowdsource stories of Canadian innovation with partners across Canada. The content has since been migrated to Ingenium’s Channel, a digital hub featuring curated content related to science, technology and innovation.

Quantum technologies are poised to transform technology as we know it. A new exhibition premiering at THEMUSEUM on October 14, 2016 aims to highlight how quantum science is shaping a new technological revolution that could change all of our lives.

Developed in collaboration with the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), QUANTUM: The Exhibition delves into the basic ideas and theories of quantum mechanics and how these behaviours are being applied to technology that will impact our everyday lives.

The exhibition includes interactive components to allow for hands-on learning, and showcases some of the ground-breaking scientific discoveries made within the field of quantum physics throughout the 21st century. Additional programming developed and presented by THEMUSEUM will include The Quantum Dialogues, curriculum-related educational programs, corporate opportunities and events.

Described as a “coup for Waterloo Region,” by David Marskell, CEO of THEMUSEUM, QUANTUM: The Exhibition is set to attract visitors from Southwestern Ontario and continue THEMUSEUM’s success of showcasing world-class exhibitions that awe, inspire and enlighten.

Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly originally announced the exhibition, part of INNOVATION150 celebrating Canada’s sesquicentennial in 2017, in Halifax last March. QUANTUM, which runs in downtown Kitchener until January 1, 2017, will continue a nationwide tour.

The Institute for Quantum Computing is a partner of the Innovation150 initiative with five leading Canadian science outreach organizations, including Perimeter Institute, Actua, the Canadian Association of Science Centres and the Canadian Science and Technology Museums Corporation.

“Kitchener and the entire Waterloo Region are known as a hub for innovation, information technology, and science and manufacturing, all of which will be featured in QUANTUM: The Exhibition,” said Berry Vrbanovic, Mayor of Kitchener. “This exhibition will be right at home at THEMUSEUM, and we are proud to be the first stop on the Canada-wide tour.”

QUANTUM: The Exhibition demonstrates THEMUSEUM’s ability to successfully foster partnerships with the region’s most prestigious organizations such as the Institute for Quantum Computing. The collaboration will bring quantum science out of labs and into the hearts and minds of our community.

“This world class experience was created in our community for our community,” said Frank Boutzis, president of THEMUSEUM’s board of directors. “For it to then be shared with the rest of Canada is something our organization is very proud to be a part of.”

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