Ingenium: Three museums well worth a visit

Published on July 21 2022

What better place to spend time with your family while learning than at a museum? Theres something for everyone, with imaginatively designed exhibits that combine technology, artifacts, and fun zones. Visit the Ingenium Museums, three Ottawa museums that are well worth a visit!

Experiments and innovation

The Canada Science and Technology Museum is the perfect place to visit with the whole family. With its wide variety of exhibits, it’s sure to satisfy everyone’s desires: whether you want to work on your imagination, enrich your knowledge or focus on the environmental and social issues surrounding human waste.

The exhibition Oh Crap! Rethinking human waste proposes innovative ways of transforming human waste into a sustainable resource. It addresses waste management and global sanitation, showcases a variety of toilets throughout history, and offers a glimpse into intestinal health with the Bristol stool graph. Test your skills at the CACArcade, admire over 200 unusual objects and leave a smelly souvenir in the fart room, gas analysis included!

Also discover the innovative app, Oh Crap! On the Trail of the Golden Poops, an exciting scavenger hunt in downtown Ottawa. Enjoy an informative walk while exploring the captivating and taboo subject of excrement. Take part in quizzes and experience augmented reality activities.

This bold, fun and interesting approach to an important topic with global impacts allows the exhibition to ask the question, “Should we waste human waste?” You be the judge!

Where

1867 Saint-Laurent Blvd., Ottawa

When

Until January 5, 2025, the museum will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m during the summer.

Cost

Family: $49 | Adult: $19 | Youth (age 3 to 17): $12.25 | Child (age 2 and under): Free | Please note that prices do not include taxes.

Good to know

Admission to the Museum is free every day between 4 and 5 pm. Special rates are available for groups, families, students and seniors.

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Down on the farm

The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum is the place to be for animal lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. It’s a working farm in the heart of a capital city. Guided tours are organized every day to introduce you to the wonderful world of agriculture. Over 200 farm animals are on hand for the whole family to enjoy.

Have you ever wondered what cows like to eat? Come and discover the dairy herd’s diet at the cooking demonstration. You can even help prepare a nutritious plate and offer it to one of the Museum’s cows!

Also in the kitchen, berries, peaches and herbs will be highlighted, with recipe tastings that allow visitors to savour local produce. These activities combine hands-on learning with gustatory pleasure, enriching the Museum experience. In summer, the museum also offers daily ice-cream making and tasting demonstrations.

Where

901 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa

Cost

Family: $40.50 | Adult: $14.50 | Youth (age 3 to 17): $12.25 | Child (age 2 and under): Free | Please note that prices do not include taxes.

Good to know

Admission to the Museum is free every day between 4 and 5 pm. Special rates are available for groups, families, students and seniors.

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To infinity and beyond

The Canada Aviation and Space Museum transports you to a whole new world: that of airspace. On a guided tour or on your own, explore the history of aviation using the aircraft on display in the main exhibition hall. You’ll see artifacts dating from the early days of aviation, through the Cold War and into space.

Immerse yourself in The Cold War exhibition! Discover this fascinating period of international tension, espionage and the threat of nuclear attack, featuring rare artifacts, iconic aircraft and poignant stories. Explore a replica fallout shelter, try your hand at decoding espionage messages and take a virtual tour of a radar station. A captivating experience of the innovations of this tumultuous era.

Don’t miss the stars of the collection, such as the impressive CF-101 Voodoo fighter and the nose of Avro’s legendary CF-105 Arrow 2, the first and last supersonic interceptor designed and built in Canada. A captivating experience that will transport you into the tensions and innovations of this tumultuous period in history.

Where

11 Aviation Parkway, Ottawa

Cost

Adult: $16.75 | Youth (age 3 to 17): $11.50 | Child (age 2 and under): Free | Please note that prices do not include taxes.

Good to know

For an additional fee, you can take a family sightseeing flight over Ottawa and Parliament Hill in a small plane. | Special rates are available for groups, families, students and seniors. Admission to the Museum is free every day between 4 and 5 pm.

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