Historical stories will give new life to local science museum

May 4, 2017 by  

Early 1900s locomotives have called Ottawa’s Canada Science and Technology Museum home for over 50 years, but updates to the old museum promise to share some of the history of the trains, creating a new experience for visitors.

The museum is under a massive $80.5m rebuild, scheduled to be completed by the end of November. New designs and innovations are designed to make the gallery more interactive, by linking the museum displays with historical stories that give light to their significance.

Each locomotive’s history was examined and then grouped together with other old artifacts that lend more depth to the story. The result is an illustration of Canada’s history, from the early 1900s to the 1960s, focusing on the steam industry in the 20th Century. The lives of Canadian business owners, farmers and manufacturers are brought to life, along with the struggles of the immigrants that made Canada their home.

In addition to plans for guided tours, informative catalogs and brochures could be used to share the stories of the locomotives. The museum gift shop will most likely incorporate many promotional products, allowing visitors to take home their own piece of Canada’s history.

The rebuild will also bring new learning activities for children, by including an interactive vehicle design attraction. An old favorite, the Crazy Kitchen, will be refurbished and improved upon.

The last leg of the construction project will be in the front of the museum. A new building will be constructed to showcase the many airplanes, cars and gadgets that will not fit inside the museum.