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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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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. 

Q&A: The excitement and challenges of science on Canada C3

The expedition began June 1 and the museum is sharing its scientific expertise along the way. To learn more, we sat down with the museum’s Director of Research and Collections Dr. Mark Graham, who is also the expedition’s Chief Scientist. 

Ocean Garbage becomes Art with a Message

Visitors will have something surprising to admire this summer: trash! Two artists from Tofino, B.C. have constructed a sculpture made entirely of marine debris in the museum’s Water Gallery.

Protecting Our Arctic Biodiversity

The Canadian Museum of Nature welcomes the continued focus on the Arctic noted in the release of the Joint Statement on Arctic Leadership, issued December 20, 2016. 

Carleton University student catalogues Canada’s first dinosaur bones

For years, Canada’s first dinosaur fossils remained in the collections of the Canadian Museum of Nature, overlooked by scientists. Now, more than 120 years after being discovered, a Carleton University student has begun the painstaking work of cataloguing them.

 

From the lab to the gallery floor: museum volunteers make a difference

Whether on the front lines or behind the scenes, people have been participating in the Canadian Museum of Nature’s volunteer program for nearly 40 years. In 2015-2016 alone, volunteers amassed over 13,000 hours of work.

Past winners reflect on impact of Nature Inspiration Awards

With the application process underway for the 2016 awards, the museum caught up with last year’s winners to hear how the award impacted the work they do in connecting people with nature. 

The beetles go country: new species named after Austin-based musician

A new species of weevil found near Austin, Texas by museum entomologist Dr. Robert Anderson has been named Lymantes fowleri after Kevin Fowler, a country musician based in the area. 

Protecting Our Arctic Biodiversity

The Canadian Museum of Nature welcomes the Prime Minister’s release of the Joint Statement on Climate, Energy and Arctic Leadership, issued March 10, 2016.