Collections-Based Research to Understand the Natural World

The Canadian Museum of Nature is a scientific leader in species discovery and Arctic research.

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Research

Our multidisciplinary team of scientists conduct leading-edge research in the natural sciences.

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Collections

Animals, fossils, minerals, plants and algae—more than 10 million specimens are preserved in Canada's natural-history collection.

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Search Our Collections

Online Database

Access data from the museum's collections: search, map results, and download data and images. Search our collections.

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Science Experts

The museum's multidisciplinary team specializes in collection-based research in the life sciences and Earth sciences.

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In the Field

In Our Blog

Our scientists work in extraordinary places. Find out where they are doing their fieldwork and what they are discovering in our blog.

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Library and Archives

The library and archives are open by appointment. Search our catalogue online.