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Metalhead Scientists and Musicians

Nature Scoop

Celebrate the love of metal music and the natural world in this video hosted by our music-loving scientists. (8 min. 3 sec.).

Museum scientist Danielle Fraser in front of a display of mammal fossils.

Science Moments

Video Series

Get a glimpse of some of our special exhibition content through the eyes of our museum scientists.

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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.)

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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. 

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.