The museum is closed temporarily

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

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.

Adults and a child with paper and pencils at a coffee table.

Explore Nature


Discover a wide variety of fun and interesting things that you can do to enjoy nature at home—or anywhere.

The Museum's Curator of Botany pointing at a patch of Poison Ivy.

Identifying Poison Ivy

Nature Scoop

Learn to identify Poison Ivy in this short video from the Museum’s Curator of Botany. (3 min. 3 sec.).

Sugar maple (Acer saccharum).

The Maple Leaf

A Canadian Symbol

See maple specimens from the museum's collections and learn interesting facts.

Composite: Cornwallis Island poppy (Papaver cornwallisense) and an illustration of a sun-salutation stretching pose.

Stretching Out, Arctic-Plant Style!

Make like an Arctic plant: chill out and try these simple stretching poses.

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News from the Museum

  • Science in Isolation: Palaeontology in My Basement

    Blog Post Join Jordan Mallon, the museum’s dinosaur palaeontologist, as he describes how he is able to continue working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Macoun's Shining Moss

    Museum News 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.