OTTAWA, Friday, November 4, 2016 — Today the Canada Science and Technology Museum officially launched the one-year countdown to its reopening in November 2017. Members of the media were greeted inside the Museum — still a construction site — for updates on construction, and the unveiling of the concept for the Technology in Our Lives gallery.
The gallery explores how we transform technologies and how our lives are shaped by our daily interactions with technology. It features two distinct exhibitions: Wearable Tech and Household Consumption. As part of today’s event, the Museum launched a crowdsourcing campaign to engage Canadians’ participation in the creation of the new Canada Science and Technology Museum. The Museum is asking Canadians to post photos of their house fronts and refrigerator exterior “fridgescapes” to social media using the hashtag #homescape and #fridgescape. These images will be included in the Household Consumption exhibition, in order to show the broad spectrum of Canadian households, and the central place that technology holds in our everyday lives.
The Museum is currently undergoing a renewal of its entire exhibition space. When it reopens, it will feature over 7,400 m2 (80,000 sq. ft.) of new exhibition space, including an 850 m2 (9,200 sq. ft.) temporary exhibition hall to accommodate travelling exhibitions from around the world. The Museum, closed in September 2014 to undergo an $80 million federally funded retrofit and renewal of the building and exhibition areas. It is scheduled to reopen to the public in November 2017.
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“We are celebrating almost 50 years as Canada’s national science and technology museum, and setting the stage for the next 50 years, as we continue to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, and innovators. The renewed Canada Science and Technology Museum will enhance the visitor experience beyond the walls of the Museum. With new mobile applications and travelling exhibitions, the public will be able to access the Museum in different ways and through new experiences. It will be dynamic, interactive, and immersive.”
— Alex Benay, President and CEO, Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation
About the Canada Science and Technology Museum
The Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa, Ontario, is one of the three museums comprising the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation, which is responsible for preserving, promoting, and sharing knowledge about Canada’s scientiﬁc and technological heritage. The three Museums — the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum — tell the stories of Canadian ingenuity and achievement in science and technology, and demonstrate how these accomplishments have contributed to the transformation of Canada. For more information visit cstmuseum.techno-science.ca.