Ottawa, November 30, 2015 — Today the Canada Science and Technology Museum unveiled updated plans for its renewal.
Renewal work on the Museum began in fall 2015, following months of consultation with architects and consultants to ensure a long term solution that is effective, efficient, and fiscally responsible. Work completed to date has ensured that the Museum building is structurally sound and complies with safety standards.
The plans feature improved overall efficiency of the space, both for the visitor and for the building’s operation. This renewed, modern Museum, set to open in fall 2017, will ensure that the Canada Science and Technology Museum continues to promote and celebrate Canada’s long history of scientific and technological achievements, and to inspire future innovation.
“This renewed space will enhance visitor experience and inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, and innovators.” said Alex Benay, President and CEO of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation. “When we open in fall 2017, we will celebrate the Museum’s first 50 years and set the stage for the next 50 — it will be a completely different immersive heritage experience.”
The $80. 5 million renewal includes mould remediation, roof replacement, seismic and fire-suppression upgrades, exhibition space retrofits and upgrades, and exterior façade modernization.
“All of us at the Museum are incredibly excited for the re-opening,” said Christina Tessier, Director General of the Canada Science and Technology Museum. “The renewed Museum will be dynamic, interactive, and immersive, and a highly digital experience for the whole family.”
The Museum will have five main galleries, one specifically targeted with activities for children, and the others following various themes: creating and using knowledge; moving and connecting, which will include the beloved locomotives; technology in our lives; and, transforming resources. Additionally, to better showcase the Museum’s magnificent collection, there will be an artifact alley, which will introduce Augmented Reality to Museum visitors. Visitor favourite the Crazy Kitchen will also be part of the renewed Museum, as well as a demonstration stage, classrooms, maker space, and temporary exhibition space.
The proposed façade, which features a large LED screen, received federal design approval from the National Capital Commission on November 18, 2015.
To learn more please visit cstmuseum.techno-science.ca/