Science & Technology Museum in Ottawa marks one year until re-opening

With less than 12 months to go until an $80-million overhaul is completed, the Canada Science and Technology Museum recently opened its doors to the media to show its progress and unveil plans for a new gallery.

The museum closed in 2014 after inspectors found unacceptable levels of airborne mould during a maintenance project. Later that year, the federal government pledged funding to repair, retrofit and renovate the dated building and allow it to reopen in time for the tail end of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations next year.

When it reopens, the museum will feature more than 80,000 square feet of new exhibition space, including a 9,200-square-foot temporary exhibition hall.

“The renewed Canada Science and Technology Museum will enhance the visitor experience beyond the walls of the museum,” said Alex Benay, the president and CEO of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corp. in a statement. “With new mobile applications and travelling exhibitions, the public will be able to access the museum in different ways and through new experiences.”

Among the new features will be a “Technology in our Lives” gallery, which will feature two exhibitions: “Wearable Tech” and “Household Consumption.”

As part of the latter exhibition, museum officials are asking Canadians to post photos of their house fronts and refrigerator exteriors on social media using the hashtags #HomeScape and #FridgeScape to show the diversity of Canadian households.