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Heritage interpretation excellence award
- aqip jury PRIZE

The Museum of Ingenuity J. Armand Bombardier won the Heritage Interpretation Excellence Award jury prize presented by the Association québécoise des interprètes du patrimoine last November 3rd. This annual prize recognizes an exceptional accomplishment in the area of diffusing and showcasing a heritage resource.

Unique in Quebec, the new Museum of Ingenuity J. Armand Bombardier received the distinction in May 2016, as it opened the doors of an entirely renovated and reinvented space in terms of both infrastructure and content. Visitors are encouraged to participate in the numerous interactive displays: star in a Ski-Doo® commercial; pilot a C Series aircraft; imagine a vehicle from the future and test it at the Idea Studio; and much more! Visitors also have the opportunity to explore the legacy of J. Armand Bombardier at the Passion as a way of life exhibition, and learn about the Bombardier company’s vibrant expansion through the multimedia show A Passion for Success, produced by Moment Factory. The Fab Lab—a digital fabrication workshop—as well as a tour of the reserve and the archives were among the new additions to the Museum.

“I accept this award on behalf of the J. Armand Bombardier Foundation, which administers the Museum, on behalf of Bombardier and its entities, BRP, and the collaborators and employees who contributed to the Museum’s multimedia, interactive and immersive displays,” said Marcelle Rousseau, the Foundation’s communications, marketing and events strategist. “The Museum has diverse and innovative cultural and educational programming, provides a gathering place for the community and showcases the legacy of J. Armand Bombardier.”

SMQ 2017 – Excellence, Category 1

The Museum of Ingenuity J. Armand Bombardier won the SMQ 2017 – Excellence, Category 1 award presented by the Museums of Quebec. This distinction is awarded annually to an institution with a Museum project valued at $2M or more and that really stood out over the year.

The Museum earned the award for the revitalization and expansion that took place in May 2016 after 45 years in existence. It was a major transformation of both infrastructure and content designed to encourage visitor participation, integrate disciplines and create a dynamic experience suited to a wide range of interests and ages. Beyond the traditional museum dedicated to the history of the snowmobile, the institution expanded its horizons to combine history, education and entertainment through a melting pot of creativity, interaction, entrepreneurship and innovation. “This is a wonderful acknowledgement of the employees, collaborators and partners who came together to imagine, revitalize and renovate our new Museum. It’s now a modern, world-class and accessible museum, and we are very proud of it!” said Museum Director Carol Pauzé, after accepting the prize.

The Museum of Ingenuity J. Armand Bombardier is unique in its kind, presenting a remarkable industrial and entrepreneurial heritage inspired by the work of Joseph-Armand Bombardier and his successors in the transport sector.

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