Aaron Kylie, Canadian Geographic
November 17, 2017
After 26 months of construction and $80 million in upgrades, the national science and innovation showcase in Ottawa promises to connect the past and the future.
Fear not: the Crazy Kitchen hasn’t gone anywhere.
The interactive display, which tricks the senses and has long (it dates from 1967!) been a favourite exhibit at the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa, is still here — albeit freshened up — following an $80 million, 26-month renovation that positions the museum to inspire a new generation.
The revamped museum, which was closed in September 2014 after unacceptable levels of airborne mould were discovered, opens to the public today. The curatorial team took great advantage of the closure to both reimagine exhibits and redesign the facility’s layout. It now features 11 new main exhibits in 7,400 square metres, with nearly 3,000 artifacts on display.
“Our vision today is founded on a sense of play and discovery and collaboration, taking risks and learning from failure,” says Christina Tessier, the museum’s director general.