Treasures from the Collection

Explore artifacts from the collections of Ingenium - Canada's Museums of Science and Innovation in Ottawa in this series of short video vignettes. Each artifact tells a fascinating story of innovation and illustrates how science and technology have contributed to the transformation of Canada.


Air Date: March 09, 2018 - 1:04
In the olden days, having no electricity was no excuse for wrinkled shirts, thanks to the charcoal iron.
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This device was a forerunner of today's music synthesizers and computer-generated music technologies.
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Need glasses? Then you might need to be examined using an ophthalmometer.
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This surveying instrument was specifically designed for cold weather and was used on a famous, fateful Antarctic expedition.
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X-rays were a relatively new discovery when inventors figured out a way to use them to help injured soldiers stranded on the battlefield in the First World War.
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Eggs need to be inspected to ensure quality. But how? That's where the candling light comes in.
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This unique artifact chronicles a key preoccupation of Canadian agriculture in the 19th century: Breeding a better wheat plant.
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Both famous and infamous, the Bricklin sports car is a fascinating chapter of Canada's automotive history.
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To ensure safety in the early days of electrification, the megger was the ultimate in portable testing equipment.
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Developed in the 19th century, the galvanometer was highly advanced technology for its time and is still used today.
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Before satellites and GPS, mapping the world involved much simpler tools, including the zenith telescope.
Air Date: December 02, 2017 - 1:03
Made in the 1930s and modified by the National Research Council in the 1980s, this balance determined Canada's standard for measures such as the kilogram.
Air Date: November 10, 2017 - 1:05
The experimental Tokamak reactor designed in Varennes, Que., was a major Canadian contribution to nuclear fusion research.
Air Date: November 09, 2017 - 1:08
This enormous McLaughlin-Buick convertible was used to drive King George VI and Queen Elizabeth during their 1939 royal tour of Canada.
Air Date: November 06, 2017 - 1:07
Dosimeters, which measure cumulative exposure to radiation, are worn as a personal safety device.
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The Phantom velocipede, built in 1869, was the first bicycle to have rubber-covered wheels, and was the first to use wire tension spokes.
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The Lightning Cooker, made in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1936, cooked the hot dog in about a minute by conducting electricity through it.
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This replica of a 12th-century samurai warrior's helmet was a gift from Japan to the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum.