The Ingenium Centre is a state-of-the-art facility designed to protect and showcase Canada’s national science and technology collection, which is stewarded by Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation.
The Ingenium Centre is located beside the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa. When fully operational, the Ingenium Centre will be home to a Research Institute and Digital Innovation Lab, as well as continue to provide public access to Ingenium’s Library and Archives. In addition, public guided tours will make it one of the most accessible collection storage facilities in the world.
The collection includes more than 85,000 artifacts of different shapes and sizes, including locomotives, tractors, porcelain plates, seeds, nuclear reactors, and household objects. Ingenium’s three museums — the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum — can only display about 12 percent of the collection at any given time. The majority of the artifacts linked to space and aviation remain in storage within the Canada Aviation and Space Museum’s Reserve Hangar; the remaining artifacts will be stored at the Ingenium Centre.