The New Canada Science and Technology Museum

Construction Update

The Canada Science and Technology Museum, one of the three museums under Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation, is currently undergoing a renewal of its entire space. When it reopens, all 7,400 m2 (80,000 sq. ft.) will feature new exhibitions.

The Crazy Kitchen

With 85 days to go before opening, things are moving quickly. Inside the building installation of exhibitions is in full swing with a number of elements taking shape. One piece that has already moved in is the Crazy Kitchen.

The Crazy Kitchen is the museum’s oldest interactive immersive experience, going back to 1967 when the doors first opened. The renewed incarnation maintains the original interior as audiences told the museum not to touch a thing! Now, the exhibition, renamed Crazy Kitchen +, includes surrounding modules focussed on perceptions and illusions. In this playful space visitors will discover how their senses and brain can fool them and change the way they interpret their environment.

New Crazy Kitchen

New Crazy Kitchen

Tiny House

Also being installed is the Tiny House — a conversation starter in the Technology in Our Lives exhibition — which examines changing consumption patterns since the end of the Second World War. The floor space surrounding the Tiny House is covered in footprint outlines comparing the average Canadian house at the end of the War with an average house today. You can quickly see how much larger our homes have become while our families have gotten smaller.

Tiny House

Tiny House

There is a crack in everything

The lightbulb sculpture There is a crack in everything is also complete. This installation is composed of 1867 bulbs dating back to 1880 from the museum’s collection and will be part of the exhibition From Earth to Us. Designed by Sunniva Geuer, Bouw Design.

Lightbulb display

Wondering what else you’ll find in the new museum? Here is an overview of the 11 exhibitions:

  • Steam: A World in Motion
    • This exhibition is about steam-powered transport in first half of the 20th century: what it is, how it works, why it is so important. Visitors are invited to think about some of the most interesting social, cultural, and technological dimensions of steam transport. The exhibition tells multi-faceted stories about the people who built and operated the vehicles and system and made their livings from it as well as the people (virtually all Canadians) who depended on the system for transportation, trade (buying and selling goods), and access to essential services like mail, banking, and health care.
  • Into the Great Outdoors
    • Into the Great Outdoors examines the history of transportation technologies and outdoor recreation in Canada. Visitors will learn about the interaction between transportation technology, the outdoors, and the variety of Canadian experiences and identities. Familiar and new transportation technologies that have helped people access nature will feature different perspectives, including some that are often overlooked and marginalized in popular culture.
  • Sound by Design
    • Sound by Design explores the relationship between sound technology and human experience through the lens of design. Visitors will encounter a variety of sound and music technologies from the last 150 years, which provide opportunities for reflection on the influence of these technologies in our lives today.
  • From Earth to Us
    • This exhibition explores how we transform natural resources to meet our needs and wants, and in doing so, impact the world around us. Modules will cover topics including materials, steel, mining, fertilizer, energy, oil, climate change, and water. Highlights include exciting Canadian inventions, adventures in prospecting for gold, inspiring women miners, properties of materials, and the quest for energy. Immersive spaces feature a virtual mine showing current and future mining technologies and a prospector’s tent where you can learn about the life and work of a prospector, and a contemplative space where visitors can hear the voices of those experiencing climate change first-hand.
  • Medical Sensations
    • Medical Sensations explores the world of medicine through the five senses, and how human and technological sensations shape medical culture. The exhibition showcases medical technologies, past and present, with examples from the Museum's rich medical collection as well as pieces sourced from medical collections across Canada. The central role human senses play in medical practice is examined. The exhibition engages visitors in highly-interactive and sensorial experiences, and prompts them to consider how technological advances have impacted their experience of medical care.
  • Hidden Worlds
    • Hidden Worlds focuses on how we reveal and explore hidden worlds — from the very small to deep in the ocean to far away in space. Hands-on experiences with microscopes and telescopes will allow visitors to see a broad range of technologies that provide us with information about these worlds.
  • Crazy Kitchen +
    • The Crazy Kitchen will be the principal experience within this exhibition. Surrounding the Crazy Kitchen will be several illusions which will challenge perceptions. Throughout this exhibition the science underlying the illusions, including the Crazy Kitchen, will be explored.
  • The Children’s Gallery
    • An 8,000 sq. ft. space for children two to eight years of age, this gallery is composed of nine circle-themed modules providing opportunities for play and experimentation. At its heart is the spirit of innovation that drives discovery. The gallery will feature elements of surprise and experimentation including a designated toddler area in close proximity to a family room, an interactive gear wall, a building station with over-sized foam blocks, a multi-sensorial play structure where children can run, a vehicle building station and test ramp, a light and sound console, and wind vortex with a large circular path and animated features.
  • Wearable Tech
    • Wearable Technology features a wide variety of personal mobile technologies developed since the early 20th century and exposes the hi-tech components and materials behind many unexpected and amazing consumer wearables — some of which contain advanced digital technology, and some of which don’t. In doing so, the exhibition invites visitors to take a closer look at the technologies humans put on their bodies, while fostering an understanding and appreciation of the science and innovation behind these technologies: today and over time. Four main subthemes will focus on a range of technologies developed to assist people to do their jobs more safely and effectively, technologies built specifically for animals, personal body-worn, and data collecting.
  • Technology in Our Lives
    • Technology in Our Lives explores the complex relationships Canadians have with household technologies. The exhibition covers the post-war period to the present and recognizes that even though this was a period of great change in the home, these changes were not experienced in a universal way. Since the late 1940s, we’ve seen new materials and production techniques, shifting styles, and the arrival of microelectronics and digital tools in our homes. Over the years, we’ve developed a two-way relationship with these products. We influence how they work and look, and what roles they play in our lives. And in turn, the items we buy and use shape how we live.
  • Artifact Alley
    • Artifact Alley will be the dazzling centre hall of the renewed Museum. The Alley will be, first and foremost, a striking aesthetic experience that showcases the Museum’s diverse collection. The space encompasses the lobby and alcove, a digital entry, eight distinctly-themed cases, and the Demonstration Stage. More than 700 artifacts will be on display, arranged as stand-alone pieces as well as in artful groups. From vehicles to cameras to telescopes to trade literature, the breadth and beauty of the Museum’s collection will be front and centre. Info rails allow visitors to identify objects and get a glimpse into some of the interesting stories they tell, while interactive niches provide hands-on experiences highlighting objects and themes.

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