Metamorphosis of the temple of science in Ottawa

Photo: Museum of science and technology of Canada
The new facade of the Museum of science and technology of Canada throws a looping animation of light.

More than three years after it closed its doors due to the poor state of the building in which it was housed, the Museum of science and technology of Canada in Ottawa reopened today after having been revamped and redesigned completely its exhibits and of this, 50 years to the day after his inauguration on November 17, 1967.

Its facade, futuristic, on which is projected a looping animation of light adorned the many faces of science in association with the various colors of the spectrum, gives us the impression of entering a museum of the Twenty-first century. Similar to the tympanum of the great gothic cathedrals, this projection, designed and directed by the quebec filmmaker Philippe Baylaucq, presents the various themes that are presented in this new temple of science, which brings much better value to the gems of its collection.


Only the steel beams and the foundations of the former building have been preserved. On this frame has been built a new envelope that belt a surface only slightly larger than the previous one. “However, thanks to a better use of the interior space, we have doubled the number of artifacts on display,” stresses Geneviève Breton, vice-president of Ingenium Canada, the network of the three major national museums devoted to science and innovation. The avenue of the artifacts, a major street that divides the museum into two, we shows well with its 700 artifacts, some of which are real curiosities. Eleven exhibitions with their own theme are distributed either side of this central axis.


With a tone much more contemporary, as well as to the renewal of the artifacts and approaches for us to discover, which include the game and an experimental multi-sensorial, the new museum is live to the visitors a whole new experience. Despite this metamorphosis, it has, nevertheless, preserved its mission to highlight the extraordinary ingenuity of the human being and the fantastic evolution of scientific tools and objects of our daily life.




The exhibition entitled hidden worlds showcases the instruments for exploring both the infinitely small as the abyss and the far reaches of the Universe. Thus, among a series of microscopes from different eras include an original edition dating from 1665 the treaty Micrographia of Robert Hooke, which describes with the aid of engravings, the observations he has carried out with the aid of lenses magnifying, as well as the first electron microscope, developed in North America in 1938 by two students of the University of Toronto.


Minds concrete will be amazed by what that allows them to see a very recent stereomicroscope to search with a digital camera. During the next six months, visitors will have the privilege to admire an astronomical telescope, dating back to 1665, which has been loaned by the Museo Galileo of Florence. And to address the cutting edge of astronomical research, an interactive game that invites visitors to recognize the signal of a gravitational wave produced during the collision of two black holes through a variety of noise interference.


In the exhibition sense and the medicine, which emphasizes the fact that the doctor uses all his senses to diagnose the disease suffered by the patient, is presented to us a collection of stethoscopes, of which a specimen used in 1816 by its inventor René Laennec, which shows the amazing evolution of this instrument amplifying the sounds in the body.

Photo: Museum of science and technology of Canada
The walls of The crazy kitchen are covered with optical illusions that will amaze kids big and small.

Like four locomotives were built between 1911 and 1938, The crazy kitchen has been preserved of the old museum. With its floor tilted 12 degrees, which deceives our senses, this house dating from 1967 has always been very popular with the public. Its exterior walls are now covered with optical illusions that will amaze kids big and small.


The exhibition dedicated to the sound we will discover the sound analyzer of Koening dating back to 1889, a phonautograph, designed by Alexander Graham Bell in 1874, a theremin, the first electronic musical instrument and the first synthesizer was created by the canadian physicist Hugh Le Caine. Visitors will also be able to experience the true silence in a room anechoic, while the children will create their own music on turntables interactive giant.


The exhibition Back to the re-sources addresses topics, such as materials and energy, in an original and concrete. In particular, an automobile, a toaster, a smartphone and a salad are exposed in version exploded, and accompanied by the list of materials and elements that compose them. A periodic table on a giant screen allows you to assemble the elements of our selection and discover the products that you can get from their combination. Visitors will also have the chance to see a fuel bundle for a CANDU reactor and the experimental prototype of a nuclear fusion reactor that was developed in the 1980s to Varennes.


Bicycles to honor


As the museum has the largest collection of bicycles in the world, these are featured in the exhibition In the midst of nature, which tells, the specimens supporting the evolution of it. Two other exhibits are devoted respectively to ” technology ready-to-wear “, including dentures and eye (glasses) and many other appendages, such as watches, pacemakers) that we add to our body, to increase the functions, as well as the technologies that household that have lived in our daily lives since the Second world War and which remind of the childhood memories to older visitors.


An open area specifically equipped for children of eight years and under, named ZOOOM, offers nine experiments. One of them invites the child to build a car that he will be able to test the performance on race tracks to rugged. During the ascent of a rock climbing wall, climber and grass will meet with six different flavors that it will have to identify.


Visitors are also invited to design their own electric circuit to the electric light, robot, or other device, a scientist at the space diy Exploratek.

The Museum of science and technology of Canada

1867 St. Laurent blvd., Ottawa (Ontario)

Share Button