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Wrap your brain around the 2018 lineup of exhibitions and activities at the Canadian Museum of Nature!

Ottawa, January 16, 2018 – The Canadian Museum of Nature’s 2018 season has it all: brains and beauty! From beautiful live butterflies to stunning photography shows to a huge summer blockbuster on the human brain, this year’s lineup of exhibitions and activities will absolutely wow visitors.

“2017 was a milestone year as we celebrated Canada 150 and the opening of our permanent Canada Goose Arctic Gallery. This year we explore new, different and diverse themes that will continue to engage and inspire our visitors about the diversity of the natural world,ʺ says Meg Beckel, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of Nature.

The year has already gotten off to a great start with the opening of Butterflies in Flight just before the holiday season. Dozens of live butterflies fly freely in the museum’s solarium where the temperature is an inviting 27 degrees C. Entry into the show is time-ticketed and the bookings have been sold out daily during the holidays.

From May 18 to September 3 (Labour Day), the museum will feature Brain: The Inside Story, a travelling exhibition from the American Museum of Natural History. This fascinating show explores the most complex organ in the human body; how it has evolved and is evolving, how it works, and how it makes us human. Through dynamic exhibits, hands-on visual, auditory and digital components; vivid brain-scan imaging, and imaginative art, visitors will gain a new perspective into their own cerebrum. In conjunction with the exhibition, the museum is collaborating with the Ontario Brain Institute as knowledge sponsor to develop programming on weekends and throughout the summer, as well as a special lecture series.

Other exhibitions/dates to note:

·         Light of the Land: The Nature of Canada – January 13 to March 31, features a collection of landscape photos by Canada’s first female astronaut, Dr. Roberta Bondar.

·         Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year (9th edition) - January 16 to May 3 presents the winning photos from Canadian Geographic's 2016 wildlife photography contest. The 10th edition with the 2017 winners will open later this fall.

·         Ikebana – April 5 to 8. This annual exhibition depicting the ancient Japanese art of floral design is back for its 34th year. Enjoy unique, lovely botanical creations by the Ottawa Centennial Chapter of Ikebana International.

·         Art of the Plant – May 10 to October 14. This juried show presents Canada’s best contemporary botanical art through about 50 paintings and drawings.

·         Canadian women in natural sciences – opens July 28. Learn about the stories and contributions of Canadian scientific trailblazers, leaders and unsung heroes.

In addition to exhibitions, other museum programs in 2018 will continue to enlighten and engage audiences throughout the year. These include:

·         Winterlude – February 2 to 19: The museum participates in this annual celebration in Ottawa’s Confederation Park with an impressive butterfly ice sculpture, a multimedia projection on ice, and a butterfly “ice-dig” activity for children on Saturdays.

·         Science by Night, April 19: Now in its third year, explore your inner nature geek with hands-on activities, displays, and fun presentations featuring the museum’s experts.

·         Open House, mid-October (exact day TBD): Get close to some of the 14.6 million specimens and artifacts in the national natural history collections located in Gatineau, and meet the museum’s scientists and curators who know all about these amazing treasures.

·        Nature Nocturne – a new season of this popular program for adults launched in November. Each event (on the last Friday of the month) features themes and programming as well as music, artistic interactions, food, and the opportunity to explore galleries after hours. 2018 themes are Butterfly Effect (January), Mating Game (February), Dig Your Inner Dino (March), Harmony (April), Body and Mind (May), #Canada151 (June) and Bursting with Pride (August).

·        Escape the Museum– the museum has partnered again with Escape Manor, Ottawa’s premier escape-room experience, to offer two adventures in the Fossil Gallery and Mammal Gallery on weekends.

·        Nature Trade – this popular activity on Thursday evenings and weekends continues in our Nature Live Gallery. Children and adults can bring in natural-history treasures for identification, to learn more about them and to start their own collection by trading for other found items.

The Canadian Museum of Nature is Canada's national museum of natural history and natural sciences. It is located at 240 McLeod Street, Ottawa. Until June 1, the museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours on Thursday until 8 p.m. (Also open Mondays during holiday periods). From June 1 to Labour Day, the museum is open seven days a week. A surcharge applies for entry to the special exhibitions, Butterflies in Flight and Brain: The Inside Story. For details, including fees and hours, visit nature.ca. Follow the Museum on Twitter (@museumofnature), Instagram (museumofnature) and Facebook.


Information for media:
Laura Sutin
Media Relations
Canadian Museum of Nature
613.698.7142 (cell)

Dan Smythe
Media Relations
Canadian Museum of Nature
613.566.4781; 613.698.9253 (cell)