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Planet Ice: Mysteries of the Ice Ages

Currently on Tour at the Ontario Science Centre

Explore the power of ice and cold in shaping the world we live in today. 

Produced by the Canadian Museum of Nature, this world-premiere exhibition features more than 120 real specimens, amazing models and artifacts. 

Journey across more than 80 000 years of Earth's history! 

Meet animals adapted for cold—some long extinct, others still alive today. Discover the lands lost long ago under the world's oceans. 

We are still living in an ice age, but the planet is changing. For the first time in human history, we could soon be living on a planet with no polar ice sheets and no glaciers.   

Through engaging exhibits, multimedia and some ''magical'' moments, explore some of these mysteries and reflect upon how humans are not only part of the problem, but also part of the solution. 

What You Will See, Learn and Experience  

Journey from deep time to modern day in five themed zones.   

The Power of Ice  (Deep Time) 

Explore the nature of ice. (Hint: It's a mineral!). How is it formed? Why are glaciers important? How did ice shape the planets in our solar system and the foundations for life on Earth? 

Built for Cold  (80  000 Years Ago) 

Encounter amazing creatures—some successfully adapted to survive and thrive (such as muskoxen, caribou and wolves) while others went extinct (such as woolly mammoths and cave bears).  

Meet a Neanderthal adult and child (through scientifically accurate, life-like models) and learn about their adaptations to survive in the cold.  

Lost Lands  (40  000 Years Ago) 

  • Journey to Beringia, the land bridge that once joined Asia and North America   
  • Meet the American lion and the Irish elk with its massive antlers  
  • Follow the evolution of the wolf and the domestication of dogs through artistic dioramas. 

Shaped by Ice  (20  000 Years Ago)  

  • Witness the rise of the mastodon and other imposing animals such as the smilodon, the short-faced bear and the giant beaver 
  • Discover how land features of today were created by giant ice sheets during the last glaciation 
  • See authentic tools and artifacts—thousands of years old—used by the Tuniit (Dorset) and Thule-Inuit peoples to survive in a cold climate. 

Cold Connections  (the Present) 

Reflect upon how the loss of ice could affect species, infrastructure and ecosystems.  

Discover how you can take action to save ''Planet Ice''. 

Planet Ice on Tour

Ontario Science Centre
Toronto
August 28, 2021 – March 2022