COVID-19 and Safety
Following the Ontario government’s announcement of a province wide return to a modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen, the Canada Science and Technology Museum will be closed to the public January 5 to 26.
Proof of Vaccination
All visitors aged 12 and older are required to show proof of full vaccination. In accordance with Ontario’s vaccine certificate policy, present a paper or digital copy of your vaccination receipt along with government-issued ID that includes name and date of birth to visit the museums.
- All Ontario residents must present proof of vaccination with a QR code as of January 4, 2022.
- In order to be considered fully vaccinated, you must have received your second shot at least 14 days before your visit and be considered fully vaccinated in accordance with Ontario's guidelines.
- If you have a medical exemption, you must provide valid documentation, which, for Ontario residents, must include a QR code as of January 4, 2022.
- If your proof of vaccination is not in English or French, you need a certified translation in English or French.
PROOF OF VACCINATION
All visitors aged 12 and older are required to show proof of full vaccination.
STAY AT HOME IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS
If you have any symptoms, please postpone your visit until you are well.
ADVANCED TICKETS REQUIRED
All visitors must reserve their tickets in advance online. This includes Ingenium Members and those visiting during the free hour.
ARRIVE 10 MINUTES EARLY
Visitors should arrive at the museum 10 minutes before their time slot to allow time for parking and check-in.
HAVE YOUR TICKETS WITH YOU
Make sure you have your tickets with you – in print or on your phone.
ENHANCED CLEANING AND HAND-WASHING STATIONS
Hand-sanitizing stations are available throughout the museum. High-touch areas are cleaned and disinfected frequently.
REDUCED SITE CAPACITY
To support physical distancing during your visit, a limited number of people will be allowed on-site.
Public health measures require that families and other social units keep at least two metres (six feet) apart from others at all times.
Visitor Code of Conduct
The Canada Science and Technology Museum is a national museum and is open to all. Respectful use of the space and resources ensures a safe and enriching experience for all visitors.
IMPORTANT! During COVID-19, following the museum and public health guidelines will help to keep you and your loved ones safe during your visit.
We also ask that you adhere to the guidelines defined in the PDF below.
LIST OF PROHIBITED ITEMS
- Any bag exceeding 35cm x 35cm x 15.25cm in size
- Hard-covered briefcases
- Flags, banners, or posters that might obstruct a visitor’s view
- Alcohol and glass bottles
- Drones or other similar objects
- Any object that makes noise (bells, horns)
- Any animal, except service animals (presentation of certification required)
- Fireworks or other pyrotechnical apparatus
- Laser pointers
- Audio visual equipment; i.e., video cameras on tripods (exceptions need preapproval by Public Affairs prior entry) Please contact: contact@IngeniumCanada.org
- Any weapon, pocket knife, cutter, blade, or any other knives, prohibited weapons, blunt objects, aerosol, capsicum/“pepper spray”*
- Any object deemed suspicious by security personnel*
*KNIVES, WEAPONS or SUSPICIOUS ITEMS
- Any knife, weapon, or object considered dangerous or risky is prohibited on the premises
- Any person with that type of item in their possession will be denied access to the venue, unless they voluntarily dispose of the object in the containers provided for this purpose
- Weapons and other items voluntarily given up for that purpose will be destroyed.
Visitors must purchase their tickets online in advance of their visit. Members and those visiting during the free hour from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. are also required to reserve their time slot using the e-ticket portal.
This process ensures that we keep the capacity of site visitors within the recommended guidelines, and that practises such as physical distancing can be maintained.
When purchasing your ticket, you will be able to select a time slot. Your e-tickets will be available to download on your mobile device.
NOTE: E-tickets are non-transferable, and cannot be cancelled. Unable to purchase your tickets online or have questions? Please contact our Customer Relations Team by phone at: 613-991-3044 or 1-866-442-4416, or by email: contact@IngeniumCanada.org.
Stay at home with symptoms
If you have (mild) symptoms such as shortness of breath, fever, or a sore throat shortly before your planned visit, stay at home. You can switch your ticket to another day, free of charge. Please contact our Customer Relations Team by phone at: 613-991-3044 or 1-866-442-4416, or by email: contact@IngeniumCanada.org.
Yes. Everyone must purchase an advance ticket online. Visitors will not be able to purchase a ticket from our staff on-site. You will be able to choose a specific time to start your visit. Unable to purchase your tickets online or have questions? Please contact our Customer Relations Team by phone at: 613-991-3044 or 1-866-442-4416, or by email: contact@IngeniumCanada.org.
Please ensure you arrive on time. Unfortunately, it is not possible to visit the museum later than your booked start time. This is due to the limited capacity of the museum, as a result of the guidelines issued by Ontario Public Health. Allow for sufficient time to park and make your way to the museum entrance
Visitors are responsible for arriving on time for the visit time indicated on their ticket.
While some tickets are available on site, visitors are required to purchase their tickets online to ensure they can visit at their desired time. Unable to purchase your tickets online or have questions? Please contact our Customer Relations Team by phone at: 613-991-3044 or 1-866-442-4416, or by email: contact@IngeniumCanada.org.
No, there is no restriction on the duration of your visit. Please note that an average visit takes approximately two hours.
No. In order to respect the reduced site capacity, re-entry is not permitted.
Currently, the museum is only open to individual visitors.
COVID Update: The Canada Science and Technology Museum will be closed January 5 to 26.
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|Senior (age 60+) / Student*||$13|
|Youth (ages 3-17)||$11|
|Children (age 2 and under)||Free|
|Family (2 adults and up to 4 youth)||$43|
All admission prices do not include applicable taxes and are subject to change without notice.
Admission is free daily between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.** You MUST reserve your ticket online in advance for that time slot.
*Students must show valid student identification.
** Free admission does not apply to special exhibitions and events.
Ingenium offers free admission to all active Canadian military personnel, Canadian military veterans, Indigenous peoples, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis, and a support leader accompanying a person with disabilities. When available, presentation of an Identification Card is requested. PLEASE NOTE: You MUST book your ticket in advance by contacting our Customer Relations Team by phone at: 613-991-3044 or 1-866-442-4416, or by email: contact@IngeniumCanada.org.
Become a member for unlimited free admission!
If you have a pass for a free museum visit, you must call and make a reservation at least 48 hours before your visit. Contact the Ingenium Customer Relations Team by phone at: 613-991-3044 or 1-866-442-4416.
If you have borrowed a pass from a local library, please check in at the museum’s front desk. You will be able to access the museum at the next available time slot. Please note that we cannot guarantee access to our museum at a specific time slot and library pass holders may need to wait up to an hour in order to gain access to the museum.
In order to maintain required health and safety practises at our sites, we are unable to accommodate group visits at this time.
1867 St Laurent Blvd
From the Queensway (Highway 417):
- Exit at St Laurent Blvd (south).
- Drive 2.6 kilometres south, to Lancaster Road.
- Turn left on Lancaster Road.
The museum offers paid, on-site parking. However, due to a high volume of visitors – especially during weekends and holidays – you are encouraged to use alternate modes of transportation.
By public transit
The museum offers paid, on-site parking, with registration of your licence plate.
Pay by phone!
We recommend visitors download the Park Indigo app on your phone before your museum visit, for a touchless option.
- Download the app on IOS or Android.
- When you arrive at the museum, find a parking spot.
- Using the app, select the museum as your location.
- Enter your licence plate number.
- Select the desired amount of time.
- Pay by phone* and enjoy your museum visit!
*Please pay for parking on-site. Paying in advance does NOT GUARANTEE a parking place.
On-site parking fees
- $3 per hour
- $8 daily maximum
- $4 evening flat rate after 5 p.m.
Rates include applicable taxes and are subject to change without notice.
An average visit to the museum lasts two hours.
A daily maximum parking ticket is valid at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum (same day only).
The museum remains committed to providing visitors with an affordable educational experience. All parking revenues will be invested in the museum to support programming. Automated pay stations are conveniently located and easy to use.
On-site payment methods
If you are unable to download the Park Indigo app, you may make use of the on-site pay stations by using coins, Visa, Mastercard, or Amex. Please respect the guidelines for physical distancing, handwashing, and wearing a mask while paying for parking.
For tour and school buses, there is a passenger drop-off area at the front entrance.
For the time being, the Museum parking lots cannot accommodate buses.
We recommend visitors download the Park Indigo app on your phone before your museum visit, for a touchless option.
However, for those who are unable to do so, the existing parking meters will be available.
The Canada Science and Technology Museum is committed to providing an accessible environment to visitors of all ages and abilities.
Getting to the museum
Visitor drop off and pick up is allowed at the main entrance to the museum.
The museum offers paid parking. Please note that the ticketing system uses your vehicle’s licence plate number; be sure to note it before leaving your car to pay. You do not need to return to your vehicle after making payment; your vehicle plates are tracked.
There are several designated parking spots for expectant mothers near the museum’s main entrance.
As part of the museum’s ongoing commitment to accessibility, designated spaces are available for people with special needs (permit required). There is no fee for parking vehicles with this permit.
To reach the Canada Science and Technology Museum by bus, use the OC Transpo Travel Planner. You can also call OC Transpo at 613-741-4390.
The designated main entrance is accessible to people using wheeled devices.
In the museum
Wheelchairs can be borrowed free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis. To sign out a wheelchair, please visit our admissions desk.
The Canada Science and Technology Museum features level flooring throughout, with the exception of the Steam: A World in Motion exhibition and the Sound by Design exhibition, which are accessible via a ramp.
Seating is available in all areas of the museum. Each seating area includes seats with arm and back supports.
The Demo Stage features seating for visitors using wheelchairs, as well as seats with arm and back supports.
The Canada Science and Technology Museum offers free admission to one support person accompanying a person with disabilities. You MUST book your ticket in advance by contacting our Customer Relations Team by phone at: 613-991-3044 or 1-866-442-4416, or by email: contact@IngeniumCanada.org.
Service animals, such as guide dogs and hearing dogs, are welcome in the Canada Science and Technology Museum.
Washrooms are located in the main entrance of the museum, and at the back of the museum (through the From Earth to Us exhibition).
In addition, there is a separate gender-neutral/universal washroom, equipped with an adult-sized change table and a motorized lift, located across from the cafeteria.
Baby care and nursing
Washrooms throughout the museum feature diaper-changing tables.
Breastfeeding is welcome in all locations in the Canada Science and Technology Museum.
Exhibits that include a sound component feature volume controls and headphone jacks. The museum does not provide headphones.
Light, noise, and crowds will vary throughout the Canada Science and Technology Museum.
At peak times, the museum will be noisy; visitors may consider bringing noise-reducing headphones.
Designated accessible parking
As part of the museum’s ongoing commitment to accessibility, designated spaces are available for people with special needs (permit required). There is no fee for parking vehicles with this valid permit.
Site Plan and Facilities
There are lots of things to see and do as you explore Canada’s story of science, technology, and innovation! See live fire demos and other fun experiments. Stand side-to-side with a locomotive. Imagine living in a tiny house. Surround yourself with the bicycle vortex. See spy cameras, chicken glasses and a nuclear fusion reactor. These are just some of the exciting innovations to explore.
For your health and safety, the following are currently unavailable: the Crazy Kitchen, ZOOOM (Children’s Innovation Zone), Exploratek, access to the locomotive cab, the glacier, prospector's tent, quiet cube, costumes and some interactive experiences.
Visit the full list of exhibitions that are open and closed.
While engaging, educational exhibitions are the main attraction, visitors to the Canada Science and Technology Museum will also enjoy the modern, spacious feel of this 80,000 sq. ft. space.
All museum exhibitions and indoor programs are completely accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. Courtesy wheelchairs are available at the Admission desk.
Washrooms – all equipped with diaper-changing facilities – are available throughout the museum (see the museum floor plan for specific locations).
Rent the museum’s Venues
Ingenium and its three museum sites are available for events starting October 1st, 2021. Event capacity may remain limited due to requirement of social distancing.
Please note that some of our spaces may not be available for booking, and events may be limited based on provincial guidelines for capacity and social distancing.
Check with our events team for available dates.
Please note: As of September 22, 2021, all guests attending an on-site event and/or facility rental at any of our sites will need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide their proof of vaccination along with photo ID. For more information: https://news.ontario.ca/en/backgrounder/1000780/new-requirement-for-proof-of-vaccination-in-certain-settings-frequently-asked-questions
As of September 22, 2021, all guests attending an on-site event and/or facility rental at any of our sites will need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide their proof of vaccination along with photo ID. For full details and information around exceptions: https://news.ontario.ca/en/backgrounder/1000780/new-requirement-for-proof-of-vaccination-in-certain-settings-frequently-asked-questions
Please check with our events team for specific questions.
Yes. For health and safety reasons, ZOOOM (Children’s Innovation Zone), Exploratek, and the Crazy Kitchen + will remain closed for the time being. High touch interactive experiences, and enclosed spaces are also temporarily unavailable, such as access to the locomotive cab.
We will continue to review our operational needs and procedures as the situation evolves.
Yes, live science demonstrations will be presented at the Demo Stage. However, in order to respect social distancing, the number of seats available have been reduced.
Please check our daily schedule upon arrival.
Yes, the coatroom and the lockers are available.
Food and Drink
Please note that the museum cafeteria is temporarily closed, including the eating area’s tables and chairs.
Visitors can enjoy a variety of beverages in the museum’s vending machine.
Bottle-filler fountains are available on-site. For health and safety reasons, there are no drinking fountains. We recommend guests bring their own water bottle.
Food and drink are not permitted on the museum floor.
During temperate weather, picnic tables are available outside. Please be aware that picnic tables are not sanitized between users.
The museum’s cafeteria is closed. However, you can purchase a variety of beverages in the museum’s vending machine. Please note there is no indoor eating area and a limited number of picnic tables outside.
Yes, but there is a limited number of picnic tables. The museum does not permit the use of barbecues or hibachis on site. Please be aware that picnic tables are not sanitized between users.
For health and safety reasons, there are no operational drinking fountains but the museum have bottle-filler fountains on-site. We recommend guests bring their own water bottle.
No visit is complete without stopping in our Boutique. Whether to find inspired science books, kits, toys, clothing and gifts - you will find a fantastic selection of unique and educational products... all related to your museum experience.
Our ever-changing toy section includes retro toys, products, and educational kits that parents will appreciate as much as their kids. Budding, young innovators can roll up their sleeves and enjoy hands-on play with plasma balls, water rockets, astronaut ice cream, and much more!
Hours of Operation
COVID Update: The boutique will be closed January 5 to 26.
Methods of payment
The Boutique accepts cash, debit, Visa and Mastercard.
Boutique Email: boutique@IngeniumCanada.org
(All prices in Canadian dollars; shipping extra)
Filming and Photos
The Canada Science and Technology Museum welcomes visitors to take either still or video images of the museum’s artifacts, exhibitions, and building during opening hours. All photography must be used for personal use only, not professional/commercial.
For safety reasons and for the enjoyment of all visitors, all indoor photography or video must be done with hand-held devices only; no tripods or selfie sticks indoors.
Please ensure that your photography activities respect the needs, privacy, and safety of visitors, staff, and volunteers. Your activities must not distract staff or volunteers from their primary duties. Please do not take images of other visitors, museum staff, or volunteers. Photographing visiting schoolchildren and day camp participants is not permitted at any time.
Handheld cameras, video cameras, and camera phones are welcomed in all public indoor and outdoor spaces, subject to the following:
- Photographs and videos are for personal use only and may not be sold or used for any form of promotion, information campaigns, or propaganda unless consent has been explicitly granted in writing by Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation. Failure to request consent for such activities may result in legal action.
- Selfie sticks and tripods are allowed in outdoor spaces only. Selfie sticks and tripods are not allowed inside.
- Please maintain a safe distance and regard for all visitors.
- Please do not take images of visitors who are not in your party, museum staff, or volunteers.
- Photographing visiting schoolchildren and day camp participants is not permitted at any time.
The Canada Science and Technology Museum reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to withhold and/or withdraw permission from visitors to take images on its premises if such activity is a disruption to other visitors, staff, or volunteers, and/or is perceived to possibly compromise privacy and/or safety.
The museum is not responsible for loss of, theft of, or damage to your camera or any other property.
Professional filming and photography on museum property are permitted only by obtaining permission in advance from the museum. Failure to request such permission may result in legal action.
For safety reasons, drones are not permitted at the Canada Science and Technology Museum.
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Canada Science and Technology Museum
P.O. Box 9724, Station T
Ottawa, Ontario K1G 5A3