Temporary exhibitions

Upcoming Temporary Exhibition

Comfortable? Test Your Transport

Beginning April 3th

Fab Lab Community

How much time do you spend every day getting around? How many different types of transportation do you use? Are you always comfortable?

Join us as we explore how comfort affects the senses, and how this varies from one person to the next. You’ll be asked to connect with your senses, one after another. Which do you like better… warm or cold temperatures? A firm seat or a soft one? Should sounds be loud or soft? What about lighting? Evaluate your own perception of comfort as you step into the role of “tester”!

Take the tests yourself: Compare how insulation materials absorb sound, examine the features of fabric designed to conserve warmth, experiment with the intensity and colour of light until you can see clearly without being dazzled, and find the aroma that helps you relax and shed irritability.

Learn about the different principles used by researchers to improve the comfort of vehicles, and how passenger comfort has evolved over the past 50 years. Test and compare! What are the differences between a snowmobile from the 1970s and a 2020 model; a metro car from 1974 and one from 2016; and an aircraft cabin from the 1990s versus 2018?

Discover which elements the transport industry looks at to measure and improve passenger comfort, while at the same time accounting for environmental impacts and energy consumption. Some of these elements include programmable lighting (public transit), controlled soundwaves and vibrations (airplanes), ergonomics (recreational vehicles), and more.

Complete your sensory experience by participating in a study on the perception of various sounds; it will help researchers from the Groupe d’acoustique at the University of Sherbrooke to improve the comfort of all.



  • Fab Lab Community Open or Close

    June 2019 to March 2020

    Fab Lab Community

    Ever heard of the Fab Lab community? It’s a group of curious and passionate people who come together in workshops offering digital fabrication. Fab Labs are places where you can learn, imagine, share ideas and bring projects to life. The community is made up of a multitude of local laboratories that form a global network, making resources and knowledge accessible to the whole community.

    Learn more about this worldwide movement as you explore the Fab Lab Community exhibition and visit faraway places while discovering projects dreamed up and created by Fab Lab users from around the world. For example, check out the wooden bicycle designed in France – it’s easy to assemble and made from simple and recycled materials, making it cost-effective too! Admire a Taiwanese puppet theatre inspired by a puppet master and meticulously produced using digital tools with the aim of keeping the tradition alive. Examine a foot prosthesis made of PVC that is easily reproduced and affordable – a collaborative project between a Fab Lab in the Netherlands and another in Indonesia. You’ll also discover an artisanal 3D printer made from recycled computer parts designed by a Fab Lab in Togo.

    Meet Fab Lab enthusiasts from around the world who share their vision and passion with you. And there’s lots to discover right here in Québec. Take a virtual tour of different Fab Labs from across the province. Why not finish your visit by imagining a project of your own that you could make at the Museum’s Fab Lab sometime soon?

  • Inspiring NATURE, inspired TECHNO : biomimicry & transport Open or Close

    Inspiring NATURE, inspired TECHNO : biomimicry & transport

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    Visit the new temporary Exhibition, Inspiring NATURE, inspired TECHNO Biomimicry & Transport, which open its doors for the very first time at the Museum of Ingenuity J. Armand Bombardier, before travelling across Canada!

    Explore how nature inspires some of the innovative technologies used in transportation. Discover close to thirty natural specimens and technological objects that share common principles, and manipulate interactive displays highlighting these concepts. Did you know that the PWC hydrojet is inspired by the squid’s propulsion system? That smart cars use a detection system similar to that of the locust? That there is an ultra-resistant type of glass inspired by shells? A dozen examples illustrate the principles of biomimicry. Get inspired, and you too you can improve the technologies of the future.

    This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada  gouvernement du Canada

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    Present this exhibition in your institution

    Is your institution interested in hosting this travelling exhibition? Inspiring NATURE, inspired TECHNO: Biomimicry and Transport will be available for rent as of May 2019.
    For more information about the exhibition and technical requirements, consult the fact sheet.

    Please note that this exhibition is already booked from May 31 to September 2, 2019. It will be presented in its 130 m3 touring version at the Exploration Place Museum and Science Centre in Prince George, British Columbia. It will then move from September 14, 2019 to January 6, 2020, to the Museum of Northern British Columbia located in the small town of Prince Rupert. Il will then appear at the Okanagan Heritage Museum from January 16 to March 29, 2020. The circulation of the exhibition was supported by the Museums Assistance Program (MAP) of the Department of Canadian Heritage. We are happy and proud to share the remarkable production designed by our teams!

  • Pencil and Pixel – Drawing for Making Open or Close

    June 2017 to April 2018

    Temporary exhibitions Pencil and Pixels - Drawing for Making

    Technical drawing is a fundamental step in designing a product. Using a pencil, computer-based modeling, or virtual reality, the technique is ever-changing and improving. Discover its evolution and its secrets.

    Put yourself in the shoes of a draftsperson; try to duplicate the lines on a drawing table or using software; and discover how human eyesight perceives the third dimension.

    You will be amazed by the rare documents and unique vehicles from then and now. Snowmobiles, trains, and airplanes truly reflect the evolution of drawing techniques, from the days of Joseph-Armand Bombardier to today.

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  • Make it happen Open or Close

    Septembrer 2016 to May 2017

    The exhbition has been designed to involve you in the creative process, from inception to implementation, by drawing inspiration from the Museum renovation project.

    In addition to highlighting the contribution of the professionals and businesses who helped develop the Museum, this project fits perfectly within the institution’s ingenious new approach. Featuring testimonies from project partners, design drawings and models, as well as impressive vehicles from the Canadian Railway Museum and the Canadian Space Agency, this exhibition draws a parallel between the energy used to propel vehicles and the creativity required to execute ambitious projects. Perhaps ideas do make the world go round.


  • Totally Genius Open or Close

    April 2014 to January 2015

    The exhibition Totally Genius offered a complete overview of innovations in one of the Museum’s favourite industries—transportation.

    Visitors discovered the innovations of inventors from near and far that enabled humans to travel and defy the forces of nature such as water, wind, and snow.

    The exhibition also took a more comprehensive look at ingenuity, presenting 57 inventors, scientists, and designers inducted into the Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame, a travelling exhibition from the Canadian Science and Technology Museum, where the Hall of Fame is permanently housed.

    Totally Genius was created in collaboration with Montreal’s École de technologie supérieure, the Omer and Chinook prototype student clubs, the Canadian Science and Technology Museum, the Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame, and the Government of Canada.


  • U-TURN – Toward Sustainable Transportation Open or Close

    May 2013 to March 2014

    U-TURN – Toward Sustainable Transportation took a look at humanity's relationship with the automobile, and explored the impact that vehicles have on the environment and on our health. Its environmentally responsible approach gave a modern perspective on one of the Museum’s main themes, transportation!

    This was the first stop for this exhibition created by the Biosphère environment museum. It was enhanced by the J. Armand Bombardier Museum in collaboration with BRP. The exhibition shone the spotlight on two vehicles developed by the Centre de technologies avancées BRP – Université de Sherbrooke, the side-by-side electric vehicle Can-Am® Commander and the hybrid Can-Am® Spyder® roadster.