Explore the natural history and natural science of the Arctic through some of our exhibitions, projects and exciting scientific discoveries.

A museum scientist shows Arctic specimens to a group of children and adults.

Sharing the Arctic

With the Public

Museum staff are keen to share information about the Arctic and foster interest in it.

On deck, several people guide an object hanging from a crane.

Arctic Science

Our Specialty

Scientific endeavour at the Canadian Museum of Nature has a strong focus on the Arctic.

A herbarium sheet of Papaver hultenii. Collection #CAN599075.

Arctic Collections

Online Database

Access data on Arctic specimens from the museum's collections. Search now.

A purple saxifrage (Saxifraga oppositifolia) flower.

Flora of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago

Now Online

Data and illustrations for almost 350 taxa of vascular plants. Find out more.

A storage case containing three nails.

Franklin-Expedition Artefacts

Recovered in 1992

See artefacts belonging to the crew and their equipment—found in Canada's Arctic almost 150 years after they perished. Watch the video (3 min. 30 sec.).