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Sparkling minerals from Canadian Museum of Nature add dazzle to Ottawa’s Constitution Square

Chelsea Fahey @ Canadian Museum of Nature.


Opening of the Minerals exhibition at Constitution Square: (l-r) John Swettenham (Canadian Museum of Nature), Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Peter Rychlik (General Manager, Constitution Square), Meg Beckel (Museum President) and Martine Theriault (Vice President, Canderel). 

Ottawa, January 22, 2019 - A travelling exhibition from the Canadian Museum of Nature is adding some shine to an Ottawa business complex, with the opening Tuesday, January 22 of the exhibition, Minerals, at Constitution Square in downtown Ottawa. Approximately 90 stunning specimens from the Canadian Museum of Nature’s national mineral collection are showcased in this exquisite show which has been touring since 2015 after debuting at the museum. Minerals will be on display in the lobby at the Canderel-owned office complex for one month.

The 60 m2 exhibition is presented in several cases where the minerals are grouped according to different themes: locality (where they are found), variations in form and function, the science of mineralogy, and common or unusual uses for them.

Along with the specimens, the exhibition contains a display from the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame that presents the people behind the country’s mineral and mining discoveries. Visitors can try a quiz to test their knowledge of commercial uses of minerals, or peer into a discovery box that reveals splashy neon colours when minerals fluoresce under ultraviolet light.

This presentation is part of propety manager Canderel’s cultural initiative to partner with museums, galleries and musicians to host exhibitions and concerts at its signature properties across Canada. Previous “pop-ups” at Constitution Square have included the Canadian Museum of Nature’s Butterflies-in-Flight mini-exhibit last winter, and the National Gallery’s “Impressionist Treasures” in summer 2018. Canderel has also hosted an exhibit from the Canada Science and Technology Museum at its College Park property in Toronto.

The travelling Minerals exhibition is presented by Barrick Gold Corporation, with support from The Canadian Mining Hall of Fame. 

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Information for media:
Dan Smythe
Media Relations
Canadian Museum of Nature
613.566.4781; 613.698.9253 (cell)

Nicola Powadiuk
Director of Exhibitions
613.796.0642 (cell)