After a three year and 80 million dollar renovation, the Science and Technology Museum opens it’s doors to the public on Friday. A long awaited come back, the new museum is complitely renewed and updated, with a much .ore cohesive collection, still centering with the classic steam trains, but with lots is flow between sections. The new Zoom space for small kids will be an instant winner with parents, and the rest of the museum will be a good trip for the adults who can enjoy and remember technology and admire old artifacts.
The museum goes back to basics with an eye in the future, the new exhibition for sound going from mechanical reproduction to the latest digital audio-sensory experience and the cube of silence.
The trains are still there in their magnificence tying us up to the glory of the steam industrialization era.
Then the museum jumps to mining, chemistry and the elements that make possible our present and future technologies; tying also with farming and fertilizers.
Linotype printers, radios, telephones, computers and smartphones gives us the perspective of our communication and how we interact with each other.
The five senses section centers around the senses and health technologies, and I spent a good time playing with the mechanical hands and the video camera.
There is a section on wearable technologies, from clothing and advanced fibers to smart watches and phones.
Lastly, the museum takes into the very big and very small with an assortment of telescopes and microscopes.
Sad to see the Helen Sawyer Hogg Observatory. I had the pleasure of scoring a visit and seeing the 15″ refractor. I hope there are plans to include it somewhere in the new plans, to have an operational telescope or a space where amateurs can gather and set up their tubes.
I didn’t had time to visit, but another addition to the museum is a dedicated Maker space, which I hope to visit and maybe develop some builds.
In conclusion, the new museum is a much awaited to the Ottawa landscape and a new space for families and the public in general to discover the fascinating quest of science and technology that make our daily life possible.
Kudos to the team of curators and the whole team, thanks for bringing the museum back, into a brilliant new setting, for many years to come.