The museum is closed until further notice

The museum is closed until further notice because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more.

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

Science Moments

Video Series

Explore the science of cold and ice in relation to mammals, minerals, past cultures and Arctic plants.

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!

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!

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Museum closed until further notice due to Ontario COVID restrictions

The Canadian Museum of Nature will remain closed until further notice, in line with province-wide restrictions announced January 12 by the Government of Ontario.

A whale of a find: ice-age beluga featured in Planet Ice exhibition

The presence of the “Pakenham whale” links to a time 13,000 to 10,000 years ago, when an ice-age inlet of the Atlantic Ocean blanketed parts of Ontario and Quebec. This habitat for aquatic life, known as the Champlain Sea, was created by the retreating glaciers during the close of the last glacial period.

 

Tale of a tube worm—a new species from the Gulf of St. Lawrence

A tiny and elusive marine worm from the St. Lawrence Estuary has a new identity—thanks to the persistence of the museum’s Curator of Invertebrates, Dr. Jean-Marc Gagnon.

Virtual Open House: Video series reveals the diversity of Canada’s national natural-history collections

An October tradition that attracts thousands of nature enthusiasts has one gone online this year.

Canadian Museum of Nature remains open to public

The Canadian Museum of Nature remains open to the public following the Government of Ontario’s directive to close some public places on October 10 in response to increasing cases of COVID-19 in the province.

Planet Ice: Mysteries of the Ice Ages:

Ice and cold have long shaped our planet, as well as life on it. 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.