The Canada Museum of Science and Technology first opened its doors in 1967. I remember visiting this museum with my father and a few iconic things always remained in my mind. The museum has undergone a complete renovation while keeping some of its most beloved elements.
It reopened on November 17th, 2017 and I took the time to visit along with friends, including a very inquisitive young boy. I was able to see only about 30% of the museum and it certainly deserves longer visits to truly appreciate everything it offers. Amongst many, here are 7 things I enjoyed. Please note, I saw most things from the point of view of our youngest group member. I will return to truly experience everything as an adult!
1 – The Artifact Alley See more than 700 artifacts nicely presented in groups or on their own. Baby Boomers will love this!
2 – Innnovation You can see the changes of items from early versions up to today’s version.
3 – Cars and transportation I like old cars, and I especially enjoyed seeing this 1964 Beetle. Our family drove 760 km from Chibougamau in Northern Quebec to Hull (across from Ottawa) in such a car. I remember spending time cozied up in the back trunk area; in those days, we had no seatbelts!
4 – Zooom – Children’s Innovation Zone This is the area where young kids will want to spend most of their time. It is full of hands-on activities such as building a foam car and testing it on ramps, sensory areas, a climbing wall and so much more.
5 – Original fun things to do Take a picture and reverse it to see yourself hanging from the ceiling or thrown some scarfs in the wind tunnel and see them fly all around.
6 – See the old favorites such as the crazy kitchen (which still made me super dizzy!) and the steam locomotives.
7 – Hand on activities. No matter which area you visit, there is always some form of hands-on activity, whether it be selecting specific items on a board, trying to guess the plastic body part hidden front sight or turning gears to make things move along. As well, many stations are set up with bikes where kids can race against each other and see the animated outcome on a large screen. Truly, this is a museum that will entrance kids and adults alike.
- The admission prices are somewhat high compared to other museums in the region but this is a jam-packed museum with lots of things to see and do.
- Admission rates are posted on the museum site
- Parking is available onsite for $3 an hour up to a maximum of $8.
- It may be worthwhile to consider the three-museum pass for a family of up to two adults and kids 17 and under living at the same address for $125 per year. This membership gives you unlimited visits to three local museums
- The Canada Museum of Science and Technology
- The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
- The Canadian Aviation and Space Museum
- AS WELL as access to more than 330 museums across the world, under the Reciprocal Admission Agreement