Explore humanity’s greatest inventions and discoveries in a new interactive online project by Google Arts & Culture, in collaboration with Ingenium


OTTAWA, ON, Wednesday, March 6Today, Google Arts & Culture launched Once Upon a Try — the largest online exhibition about inventions and discoveries ever curated. Collections, stories and knowledge from over 110 renowned institutions across 23 countries, including Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation, are brought together, highlighting millennia of major breakthroughs and the great minds behind them.

Everybody can now explore more than 400 interactive exhibitions that pay tribute to humanity's greatest leaps in science and technology progress, and the visionaries that shaped our world, as well as tales of epic fails and happy accidents.

Ingenium is thrilled to contribute a virtual reality Expedition of the dairy barn at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, released as part of the Google Expeditions platform, available on iOS or Android. The expedition will provide one-of-a-kind access to the museum through virtual reality 360-degree panoramas and 3D images. As the first Canadian farm to be included in this virtual field trip experience, this expedition will enable teachers anywhere in the world to engage students to learn about life as a Canadian dairy farmer. The expedition is annotated with details, points of interest, and questions that make it easy to integrate into existing curriculum.

In addition, this partnership enabled Ingenium to highlight rarely-seen archival images and footage from its vast collection, through interactive, digital exhibitions from its three museums. From the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, users are invited to learn more about a Canadian icon, the McIntosh apple in Nurturing Nature, Creating an Icon, while the Canada Aviation and Space Museum puts the spotlight on Elsie MacGill – the first female aeronautical engineer. Finally, the Canada Science and Technology Museum invites users to learn How the snowmobile reinvented winter, as they explore Joseph-Armand Bombardier’s innovations in winter transportation.

Christina Tessier, President and CEO of Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation said, “We are always seeking out new and innovative ways to engage audiences with our collection and our world-class sites. This partnership with the Google Arts & Culture platform opens up new possibilities to share, preserve, and promote the stories of those who dared to think differently with audiences in Canada and beyond.’’

“We invite everyone to participate in the first phase of an online collection that celebrates innovation and science. Through inspiring, and at times surprising, stories from over 100 partners, you can explore the inventions and discoveries that have shaped our world. Once Upon a Try is all about that first attempt, the idea, the journey of fulfilling a dream, and we hope it’ll give people that extra boost to find their very own eureka moment,” said Amit Sood, director of Google Arts & Culture.

Explore Once Upon a Try on Google Arts & Culture or using the Google Arts & Culture app on iOS or Android, and join the conversation with #onceuponatry.





Christine Clouthier
Ingenium - Canada's Museums of Science and Innovation

About Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation
Ingenium celebrates the innovative spirit of Canadians by telling the stories of those who dared to think differently. Inspired by the power of ingenuity, Ingenium encompasses three national institutions: the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum. These three museums are places where the past meets the future, with spaces where visitors can learn and explore, play and discover. Ingenium continues to evolve — a new Collections Conservation Centre is currently under construction, designed to protect priceless Canadian heritage artifacts for the benefit of many generations to come. Beyond the physical walls of its museums, Ingenium’s engaging digital content, outreach programs and travelling exhibitions serve to educate, entertain, and engage audiences across Canada and around the world.


About Google Arts & Culture
Google Arts & Culture puts the collections of more than 1,800 museums at your fingertips. It’s an immersive way to explore art, history and the wonders of the world, from Van Gogh’s bedroom paintings to the women’s rights movement and the Taj Mahal. The Google Arts & Culture app is free and available online for iOS and Android. Our team has been an innovation partner for cultural institutions since 2011. We develop technologies that help preserve and share culture and allow curators to create engaging exhibitions online and offline, inside museums. Read about our latest projects on the Google Keyword blog.