The Canadian Museum of Making began as a personal project to save intriguing machinery and tools from being discarded from local shops, and grew into a renowned, private museum which gathers items from all over the world that live in the intersection between engineering and art. The collections focus on the mechanical wonders, both famous and forgotten, of the Industrial Revolution in Canada, Great Britain and the United States, restoring pieces to working order and recording their stories for museum visitors and future generations.
The Museum is continually expanding, with new exhibits including African metalwork; a working Linotype machine (some say the most complicated machine ever built); one of the most comprehensive collections of steam indicators in the world; vehicular curiosities like one of the world’s first electric cars; and a well-maintained library of relevant texts.
The Museum’s newest project is acquiring and restoring machinery from the early history of oilfields in Alberta. The goal is to create a comprehensive, outdoor, walking exhibit featuring the most representative and iconic equipment that played a role in forming the oil industry we experience today.