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National Museum of Science and Technology


The largest of its kind in Canada - this museum fulfills its mission through its collection, permanent, temporary and travelling exhibits, special events, school programs, workshops and demonstrations, publications, loans, conferences and lectures, expert advice and joint action with other museums and organizations of similar goals and interests.

Museum of Science and Technology

A visit to the museum will allow the visitor to push buttons, turn dials, pull levers to experience science and technology first-hand, as you discover artifact-rich exhibits featuring marine and land transportation, astronomy, communications, space, domestic technology, computer technology and printing.

Science and technology have changed Canada and influenced its people. The transformation of Canada, from the period of early exploration and settlement to the present, has been marked by achievements in science and technology. The special role of the National Museum of Science and Technology Corporation is to help the public to understand the ongoing relationships between science, technology and Canadian society.

Transformation of Canada

The Museum's mandate, to study "the Transformation of Canada," can be broken into sub-themes: Canadian context; finding new ways, how "things" work and people, science and technology.

Canadian Context:

Context shapes the evolution of science and technology. Canadian achievements reflect the challenges overcome and the choices made in developing the nation in light of vast geographical distances, a harsh physical environment and limited resources in terms of skilled workers and available capital.

Finding New Ways:

The search for new knowledge and new ways of doing things is basic to human nature. Science and technology have played key roles in efforts to find new ways of living, learning and working.

How "Things" Work:

Developing an understanding of how "things" work can make people more aware of factors that have contributed to the transformation of Canada, such as scientific principles and physical properties. At the most basic level, taking apart an object, process or system (both physically and conceptually) provides important insight into the world we live in.

People, Science and Technology:

People have a dynamic relationship with science and technology. Domestic and work lives are shaped and influenced by scientific and technological change. At the same time, individually and collectively, people shape the evolution of science and technology through their decisions and actions. However, our ability to direct and control scientific and technological advancements is not absolute; choices and trade-offs often have to be made with the consequences in mind.

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