The museum is closed temporarily

The museum is closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about our reopening plans.

A museum employee standing in the building's solarium.

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.)

A museum employee standing in the building's atrium.

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!

View of the museum entrance.

Museum Closed

Until Further Notice

The museum is closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about our reopening plans.

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Our Exhibitions

Current

Qilalukkat!.

Qilalukkat!

October 25, 2019 – September 13, 2021

Explore an Inuvialuit family’s tradition of beluga harvesting and conservation.

Permanent Galleries

Fossil Gallery.

Fossil Gallery

Travel back to end of the age of dinosaurs, their extinction, and the beginning of the age of mammals in the Fossil Gallery.

Canada Goose Arctic Gallery.

Canada Goose Arctic Gallery

Explore Canada's mysterious, vulnerable and unique Arctic in the Canada Goose Arctic Gallery.

Water Gallery.

Water Gallery

Discover the amazing diversity of life on our blue planet in the Water Gallery. See a real whale skeleton!

Earth Gallery.

Earth Gallery

Discover the richness and origins of the Earth through interactive activities and fascinating specimens.

Nature Live.

Nature Live

Live insects, other invertebrates (and more) and science activities in the Nature Live zone.

Mammal Gallery.

Mammal Gallery

See Canadian mammals in our beautiful dioramas and discover the animals' amazing adaptability.

Bird Gallery.

Bird Gallery

Our Bird Gallery presents the largest collection of Canadian birds on display in the world—more than 450 species!

 

Past Exhibitions

Exhibitions presented at the museum in previous years.