Macoun's Shining Moss: a lucky find. The only two instances in which this species, Neomacounia nitida, was collected were in 1862 and 1864 in Belleville by the renowned naturalist and botanist, John Macoun.
Funding is received from the Government of Canada in response to the museum's closure due to COVID-19.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum is temporarily closed. We look forward to welcoming you back in a way that provides both safe access to the museum as well as a healthy experience for visitors and staff. Learn more about our reopening plans.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum has been closed to the public since March 14. As one of Canada’s national museums, we look forward to welcoming you back in a way that provides both safe access to the museum as well as a healthy experience for visitors and staff.
“Leaves of three? Let it be!” Even though it can be challenging, learning to identify Poison Ivy could save you and the people around you a LOT of discomfort.
Curious about plants, fish, small mammals and the people who study or work with them? Four of our experts have participated so far in "Ask Me Anything" on Instagram. Find out more.
The discovery of Asian giant hornets (dubbed “murder” hornets) in British Columbia and Washington State have recently made headlines. We asked the museum's bee and wasp expert to give us the scoop on these winged newsmakers.
While we remain closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, our museum continues to offer plenty of ways for you to be inspired by nature. We invite you to engage with us right from your home.
Have an interest in plants? Keen on the Arctic? The musuem has a role for you! Anyone with internet access can join our “citizen-science” project to record online data for thousands of Arctic plants and lichens, some collected almost 200 years ago.
Beetles are the most diverse group of insects. Among the beetles he studies, Museum entomologist Robert Anderson, Ph.D., has discovered and described more than 200 species of weevils. Learn about some interesting new specimens.