Welcome to the Canadian Museum of Making

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. 

Current Collections

Currently on display in the museum are collections of machinery, African metalwork, various tools and indicators, vehicles and other wonders of the Industrial Revolution.

The Forge

During the founding of the Canadian Museum of Making, the Museum built its own forge and machine shop for on-site restorations as well as to preserve and share the traditional methods of making everyday items from metal. 

Future Projects and Events

The Canadian Museum of Making is excited to announce commencement of a new exhibition devoted to the early oilfields in Alberta, featuring the tools and equipment that played crucial roles throughout the industry’s history in North America. 

Learn more about what's happening in the Museum

Museum News

Dwell Magazine Feature:

Meet a Seasoned Blacksmith Who Reveals His Art’s Painstaking Process
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  • It's winter at the Museum of Making⠀
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  • The intricate details created by the blacksmiths can be found all over the Museum of Making⠀
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  • The machine corridor at the Museum of Making⠀
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  • Steam engine fireplace anyone?⠀
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  • A vintage Remington Rand Typewriter⠀
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  • Action speaks louder than words⠀
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  • Japheth, our resident blacksmith is featured in Dwell Magazine's November/December Issue. Photos by Jamie Chung. Link in Bio⠀
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  • Spotted on the drive towards the Museum⠀
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  • Waiting for their turn outside⠀
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  • Working on the Outdoor Museum collection⠀
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  • A blanket of snow covering the cabin above the underground museum⠀
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  • A prototype machine from Cleveland Twist Drill Company, built to make the first fluted drill bits.⠀
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  • Taking the GAZ out for a bit of fun⠀
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  • GAZ Jeep - Made in Russia⠀
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  • A Triplex Marine Bilge Pump⠀
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  • Chart Recording Device that records the speed of Mary, the steam engine. . . . .
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