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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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Planet Ice: Mysteries of the Ice Ages: world-premiere exhibition to open at Canadian Museum of Nature

Ice and cold have long shaped our planet, as well as life on it. In fact, we are still living in an ice age…but the planet is changing. This dramatic story of adaptation is presented in a new exhibition developed by the museum—and it’s told with a cast of characters that includes woolly mammoths, American lions and Neanderthals.

Planet Earth Inside the Museum Walls

Learn the inspiration behind the Museum's new installation, Gaia, a giant inflated sculpture of the Earth by Luke Jerram.

The “sleeper of the season”

Museum lichen researcher Dr. Troy McMullin has described a new species discovered near Thunder Bay, Ontario. Named Bacidia gigantensis, it is surprisingly common but distinctly different from others in its genus. 

Macoun's Shining Moss

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.

Statement from Canadian Museum of Nature on emergency financial support

Funding is received from the Government of Canada in response to the museum's closure due to COVID-19.

Update: Plans for Reopening on September 5

Welcome back! The museum will be reopening its doors on September 5. 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.

A Message from the Canadian Museum of Nature

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 – identifying Poison Ivy

“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.

Get to Know our Experts through "Ask Me Anything"

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.

Asian giant hornets in North America—a reality check

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.