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Read more about what's going on and what's different, as we re-open.

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Beautiful Butterflies

Virtual Tour

Step into a tropical oasis where live butterflies flit around lush vegetation in this virtual tour video. (2 min. 26 sec.)

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A Museum Steeped in History

Virtual Tour

Embark on this virtual museum tour and learn about Canada's temporary home of Parliament. (5 min. 56 sec.)

A museum employee poses in front of a vast painting in the Arctic Gallery.

Amazing Arctic

Virtual Tour

Impressive installations, artifacts and specimens are revealed in our virtual tour of the Museum's Arctic Gallery! (6 min. 07 sec.)

A museum employee poses next to the mountain sheep diorama in the Mammal Gallery.

Majestic Mammals

Virtual Tour

Get ''up close'' to Canada's iconic wildlife in our virtual tour of the Museum's Mammal Gallery! (3 min. 56 sec.)

A museum employee poses in front a blue whale skeleton in the water gallery.

Marvellous Marine Life

Virtual Tour

Get ''up close'' to a 19-metre real blue whale skeleton in our latest virtual tour!

A museum employee poses in front of dinosaur models in the fossil gallery.

Fabulous Fossils

Virtual Tour

Stroll past real dinosaur skeletons and other ancient fossils in our latest virtual tour!

Cool facts about the moon

Nature Scoop

Discover how the moon formed, what is the “man in the moon”, and more!

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Museum's new Arctic Gallery Designated an Ontario Signature Experience

The museum's Canada Goose Arctic Gallery has received a special tourism recognition from Destination Ontario. 

Our Nature Boutique

Find delightful, nature-inspired gifts for everyone at our Nature Boutique. 

Baseball and beetles: Toronto Blue Jays slugger inspires name of new weevil species

A dramatic home run by former Toronto Blue Jays player Jose Bautista has inspired Dr. Bob Anderson to name a new species of beetle after him.

The Power of Nature in Our Lives

The Canadian Museum of Nature is supporting a national speaker series called Nature Talks about our everyday connection to nature.

Paying it forward through the Nature Inspiration Awards

Read how two recent winners, Ocean Tracking Network and Ungalli Clothing Inc., shared their prize to “pay it forward”. The Call for Nominations for the 2018 awards is now underway with a deadline of May 7.

Students flourish at the museum while learning to ‘handle with care’

Each year, the museum's scientists mentor students—from those getting their first experience in a lab, to Ph.D. candidates exploring detailed questions about natural history. Meet some of these scientists-in-training.

 

Remembering a Canadian Nature Innovator

Honouring the memory of Canadian sculptor and naturalist, William (Bill) Lishman, who was a good friend of the museum. Bill passed away December 30 at age 78.

Scientists and students team up to keep eye on the environment

A summer program in the Canadian Museum of Nature’s “backyard” is training students in the rigours of fieldwork, and teaching responsible environmental stewardship in the process. 

Recent donation expands museum’s Nature Art collection

A donation by Ottawa art collector Ron Gould has expanded the museum’s Nature Art collection, with the addition of 17 prints by artist Sue Coleman.

Specialized expertise helps create the new Canada Goose Arctic Gallery

A lot has gone into the creation of the Canada Goose Arctic Gallery. Some of this expertise is highly specialized. Meet mannequin specialist Dawn Carlisle, and mountmaker Ken Easton.