Nerding out in Ottawa
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Wednesday, 27 March 2013 11:03
Visitors to Ottawa with a penchant for science and technology will have a variety of opportunities to satiate their nerdy side, as the city is home to some of the most interesting and engaging museums in the country. Whether children want to explore the wild world of contemporary technology, or dad wants to take a look at the history of advancement, the country’s capital city has it all.
Hundreds of years under one roof
No visit to Ottawa would be complete without a trip to the Canada Science and Technology Museum, which is home to a variety of artifacts and exhibits that will pique the interests of the whole family. Visitors can start in the museum's Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame to learn about the incredible minds that helped drive the nation's technological advancements over the past several hundred years.
The museum also launched an exhibit that will be open for the next several years called Energy: Power to Choose, which includes extensive information related to the harnessing of energy through both traditional and advanced methods. Additionally, the Titanic Model, created by vessel-making giants Basset-Lowke, Ltd., has been at the Canada Science and Technology Museum for more than 30 years, but is no less stunning today.
As for those who are more interested in travel methods, Canoes: The Shape of Success, is an exhibit that illustrates the nation's long history of water travel with these iconic vessels. The exhibit documents the history of canoes, as well as why many nations view these boats as unique symbols of Canada.
Finally, Locomotive Hall is an interactive experience that includes several full-size steam engine cars that visitors can access and see what it was like to ride the extensive railway decades ago. Between sound effects and the beautifully curated scene, visitors will obtain a better understanding of the history of the locomotive.
Interested in flight?
Ottawa is also home to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, which documents the history of flight since the Wright brothers' first successful launch in North Carolina. Visitors to this museum will get an opportunity to see a variety of collections, such as those that celebrate some of the most influential women in the history of aviation, as well as more contemporary space travel.
This establishment holds a variety of virtual and interactive exhibits that are fun for the whole family.