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Science by Night is back on May 18, and it’s better than ever!

C.W. Clark


Whale Tales: Learn about the blue whale in the Museum's Gallery. Just one of the many activities at Science by Night. 

OTTAWA – Unleash your inner geek at the Canadian Museum of Nature’s Science by Night event on Thursday, May 18, 2017. Now in its third year, this popular, free event from 5 pm to 9 pm invites inquiring minds to engage in hands-on science throughout the museum, trying out many cool activities and interacting one-on-one with scientists.

“Our first Science by Night in 2015 drew 1700 visitors,” says the museum’s President and CEO Meg Beckel. “And last year we welcomed 2500 people. It’s a great opportunity to discover the museum that you didn’t know. We’re delighted by the success of this annual program, and to be part of national Science Odyssey Week”.  

With more than 20 activities throughout the Museum, Science by Night has something for everyone. New this year is a giant floor game, developed by museum palaeomammalogist Dr. Danielle Fraser, where the object is to evolve (or you’ll go extinct).

Other new activities include surviving an apocalypse, with tips from museum botanists. Play a specialized pong game with lichenologist Dr. Troy McMullin to find out how lichens reproduce. And surround yourself in the world of diatoms thanks to a Virtual Reality activity led by diatom expert, Paul Hamilton.

Back again this year is the popular owl pellet dissection where curious participants, deep in concentration, delicately extract the tiny skulls and bones of an owl’s prey from its regurgitated fur. 

Other activities, include:

·        Animal bone mysteries – how to tell if the bones are from marine or terrestrial animals.

·        Real vs. fake minerals

·        Meteorites up close

·        Backyard beekeeping with GeesBees

·        Photo of your own DNA thanks to Cheeky BioArt

·        Whale Tales (the story of the Museum’s 19-metre-long blue whale)

·        Dioramas: behind the scene

·        Balloon animals and fun trivia

·        Live music by Sparklesaurus

·        Cash bar

Follow the hashtag #ScienceByNight on Twitter (@museumofnature) and Instagram (museumofnature).

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