A view from a helicopter flying over a fjord.

Extraordinary Arctic

Check out this view on Arctic-related activities, events, research, etc. at the museum.

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 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.

Canada Goose Arctic Gallery
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Canada Goose Arctic Gallery

New Permanent Gallery
Now open!

Be the first to visit the NEW Canada Goose Arctic Gallery!

Discover the Arctic through

  • authentic specimens and artefacts
  • stunning multimedia
  • indigenous perspectives
  • fun interactive games
  • guided learning, activities and more.

Learn about Arctic geography, ecosystems and sustainability, as well as the impacts of climate change.

Beyond Ice

Multimedia Experience

National Film Board of Canada collaboration that harnesses the power of real ice to create a window into the Arctic, a land like no other.

Inuinnauyugut: We Are Inuinnait

Curated by the Kitikmeot Heritage Society

The inaugural temporary exhibition in the Northern Voices Gallery, a space for community-driven special exhibitions.

Experience it at the museum!

Can't wait? Check out this slideshow to get a feel of the exhibition.

A polar bear (Ursus maritimus) hunts a ringed seal (Pusa hispida) as a polar bear cub sits beside.

Come face to face with some of the Arctic's impressive wildlife, the gallery features a powerful polar bear, a colony of Thick-billed Murres and much more. Image: © Roie Galitz

Man looks through a magnifying glass at an arctic flower nodding catchfly (Silene uralensis)

At the museum, both scientific research and collections have a strong focus on the Arctic. The gallery displays much of this fantastic research. Image: Roger Bull © Canadian Museum of Nature

Youth participate in a traditional drum dance while drums are played behind them.

Observe the unique culture and traditions of the Arctic from the perspective of the 4 million people who call this area home with interactives, music and video stories. Image: © Pat Kane

A plane flies over the Arctic tundra.

The Arctic comprises 40% of Canada's landmass. A large 3D circumpolar map puts the geography of the Arctic into perspective and explains the many definitions of Arctic. Image: Martin Lipman © Canadian Museum of Nature

Orange pieces of Arctic char dry on the side of a white building.

Living off the land means more than survival, it is a source of community and cultural identity. In the gallery, learn about food security and sustainability with fun multimedia games. Image: Roger Bull © Canadian Museum of Nature

The northern lights shine green over the sea and ice.

The unprecedented rate of warming in the Arctic has serious consequences for humans and animals alike. Learn about the importance of the cold and how climate change is affecting the Arctic. Image: © Incredible Arctic/Shutterstock.com

Focus on the Arctic

Activities and Special Events
Take part in our many special programs to celebrate Canada 150.

A Window into the Arctic
Catch a glimpse of life in the North from the people who live and travel in the Canadian Arctic. Explore with them!

Plan Your Visit

Free with museum admission.
Hours, directions, parking.

Hotel packages.

Note that on Friday, June 30, the museum will close at 5 pm.