The new Canada Science and Technology Museum welcomes over 650,000 visitors in its first year

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Canada Science and Technology Museum
Photo credit: Ingenium - Canada's Museums of Science and Innovation

OTTAWA, ON, November 14, 2018—The Canada Science and Technology Museum – one of three museums under Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation, is celebrating its success since reopening its doors last November. To mark its first anniversary, the museum will be providing free entry for the first 100 visitors to come through its doors on November 17, 2018. In addition, visitors of all ages are invited to share their museum memories from the past year on social media, using #SciTechOneYear.

 

The museum underwent a complex renewal project that saw a complete redesign of its 7,400 m2 exhibition space in less than three years. Since reopening on November 17, 2017, the museum has welcomed over 650,000 visitors through its doors — more than doubling attendance from previous years — and has been honoured with several national and provincial awards in recognition for its successful renewal. As a result of its new accessibility standards put into practise in the reinvented space, the museum was the first national public institution in Canada to receive the Accessibility Certified Gold rating under the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ program.

The Canada Science and Technology Museum garnered widespread attention with the launch of its summer blockbuster exhibition, The Art of the Brick. In an ongoing commitment to telling unique stories of innovation, the museum’s current exhibition lineup includes Cipher|Deciper, an interactive exhibition exploring the past and present of communications cryptology (on view until the end of the month) and Moving Stories, a showcase of Ingenium’s treasured transportation artifacts, now readily accessible as it prepares for a historic move into its brand new Collection Conservation Centre. The museum is poised for continued success with its upcoming summer exhibition, Leonardo Da Vinci – 500 Years of Genius, slated to open in May 2019.

 

Quotes
“The Canada Science and Technology Museum has always been a space designed not only to celebrate Canadian ingenuity, but to inspire creativity, innovation, and curiosity for visitors of all ages. We’re thrilled with the success of the museum since re-opening our doors last fall, and will build on this momentum as we continue to push the limits of our imaginations for many years to come.”

-Lisa Leblanc, Director General, Canada Science and Technology Museum

 

Contact
Christine Clouthier
Ingenium – Canada's Museums of Science and Innovation
cclouthier@IngeniumCanada.org

(613) 410-5943
 

About the Canada Science and Technology Museum
One of three museums under Ingenium – Canada's Museums of Science and Innovation, the Canada Science and Technology Museum originally opened in 1967. Fifty years later, in 2017, the museum reopened its doors — following a full renewal — marking the start of a fresh, new chapter. Today, the museum combines what visitors loved about the previous incarnation — locomotives and the Crazy Kitchen — with 11 brand-new, interactive exhibitions. Museum guests are invited to discover, play, and experience how people have made Canada and continue to shape its future. As visitors walk through the exhibitions, visit the demonstration stage, or tinker in Exploratek, they will become a part of Canada’s story of science, technology, and innovation.