Friday, September 20, 2019


The Canada Science And Technology Museum underwent a large scale reconstruction several years ago, so I had never seen the building as it once was. It explores science, technology, and the way that Canadian society interacts with both. The permanent exhibits here are largely organized thematically, with room to wander between them. The central passage, called Artifact Alley, is framed by display cases featuring technology- some old, some new. Cameras, computers, phones, clocks? They're all here. 

Even telegraph keys. Oddly, telegrams are still sent in this day and age.

Our way of listening to music has changed over the decades, something highlighted both in this area and elsewhere in the museum.

This is a linotype machine, used for printing, used primarily between 1900-1950.

They don't make them like this anymore.

Another printer up above- this case being a hand press, circa 1837.

Lights and telescopes featured here.

Here we have a Fresnel lens. This is commonly used in lighthouses, concentrating light shone through it and allowing it to be seen from much further away.

Here we have navigation instruments- sextants, octants, and compasses.


  1. Yes, they don't make them like this anymore... I'm just sorry for the outside shape!
    The electronic and acoustic part, are much better now!!

  2. What a dangerous place, I´d be stuck in there forever! And hubby even longer! Wow. So much cleverness in there!

  3. Always rather alarming when you find things which you used to own in a museum! I worry that one day they'll put me on display too.

  4. Geez that doesn't make me any younger ! Now I see things of my childhood and youth in a museum !!

  5. grandmother had one of those beautiful radios, I wish I had it today.

  6. My grandparents had some of those items... I had one of those computers... today I still can't keep up with the new technology, it is evolving very fast...

  7. It is amazing how far we have come.

    I remember the RCA puppy! :) Funny to see him here.

  8. These days devices that are twenty years old become artifacts,

  9. Hello, what a wonderful exhibit. The Fresnel Lens is neat. Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy weekend.

  10. Great and beautiful stuff.
    I still have the radio my parents bought for their wedding in 1957 and it is still working very fine.

  11. Gosh, technology has come a long way hasn't it? And fast!

  12. I love these! I like to see how technology has developed over the years.

  13. Interesting to learn about lighthouse lenses and how they differ from other lights. And the neat display of how we listen to music has changed.

  14. @Ella: that's true.

    @Italiafinlandia: I enjoyed my visit.

    @Iris: it was quite a museum to visit.

    @John: hah!

    @Francisco: thanks.

    @Gattina: it happens!

    @Tom: they're quite classy.

    @Catarina: it is indeed.

    @Sandi: he seems to fit.

    @David: that is true.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Jan: they were built to last.

    @Shammickite: it has, yes.

    @Jennifer: so do I.

    @DJan: I agree.

  15. Me too...everything that has been said above. I saw a similar exhibit, and it included typewriters upon which I made my living for many years. We (mankind) are certainly an inventive species...and it makes me wonder what next...

  16. This would be a very interesting section and I'm sure you spent a lot of time there.

  17. Love the old cameras here William. Always makes me smile when I see these old methods of communication, I think one day people will look at our methods of communication in the same way 😊

  18. I remember my grandmother having one of those radios. And one of the hanging clocks as well.

  19. Wonderful selection and photos of various artifacts ~ ^_^

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  20. Even the changes in my lifetime could make a great display. It is really amazing when you think of the advancements that have been made in the last several years.

  21. I’ve seen the Fresnels in the lighthouses here.

  22. My grandmother had one of those large beautiful radios. It was part of her furniture in her sitting room.

  23. Wonderful display of much of my years.

  24. It's fun to see things you don't see anymore! I would think this might be one of the most interesting areas in the museum.

  25. @Barbara: well said!

    @Red: I did indeed.

    @Grace: I think so.

    @Marleen: that doesn't surprise me.

    @Carol: thank you!

    @RedPat: that's true.

    @Marie: I imagine they're very common.

    @Bill: they built them to last.

    @Parsnip: thank you!

    @Jeanie: I enjoyed it.

  26. Some neat stuff here, especially the old phones and the big 'music box' for want of a better word.

  27. Always so good to see the 'old stuff'

    All the best Jan

  28. Very interesting!! We sure have come a long way.

  29. Well presented. My brothers and I used to hurry through the dishes to sit on the floor in front of the radio for The Lone Ranger. Who we called The Long Ranger for a very long time.

  30. Not all of those things can be antiques. If they are, so am I. Tweeted.

  31. Oh, dear. First shot: there was my Fat Mac, my first home computer. It took those monster capacity 512K floppy disks. That's a blast from the past.

  32. What a fun place to explore and sadly many of these now artifacts were better looking than their modern counterparts. Those vintage wooden radio cabinets for example when people gathered around to listen. And that camera display looked great too.

  33. Artifact Alley looks fascinating, I think I'd spend ages looking at everything there:)

  34. My Dad who had a mechanical bent thought the Sydney Technology Museum was a wonderful place, he often talked about it. These days it is the Powerhouse Museum but I can't get the same level of fascination as he had.

  35. tv's and radio ... what ... way cool!! ( ;

  36. @Anvilcloud: definitely.

    @Jan: yes, it is.

    @Happyone: indeed.

    @Joanne: oh my.

    @Magiceye: they are.

    @Mari: I think antique depends on the item. Furniture? It's a century. Cars, less.

    @Catalyst: me too.

    @Kay: very much so.

    @Beatrice: thank you.

    @Rosie: it's quite a museum.

    @Joan: I found I liked this place.

    @Beth: thank you.