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A museum scientist playing guitar surrounded by a collection of fossils.

Metalhead Scientists and Musicians

Nature Scoop

Celebrate the love of metal music and the natural world in this video hosted by our music-loving scientists. (8 min. 3 sec.).

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

Science Moments

Video Series

Get a glimpse of some of our special exhibition content through the eyes of our museum scientists.

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.)

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Species discovery and a “bee-fitting” honour

Bee expert and research associate Thomas Onuferko, Ph.D. has a new species named after him, Lasioglossum onuferkoi. It was among many specimens he collected during his 2019 fieldwork. The bee was described earlier this year in a scientific paper by Ph.D. candidate Joel Gardner and Jason Gibbs, Ph.D.

Museum expedition results in botanical inventory of Nunavut’s largest park

Museum botanists have identified more than 140 species of vascular plants collected during their field expedition to Agguttinni Territorial Park in the summer of 2021.

Science Review shows international reach of the museum's national collections

This annual compilation tracks scientific publications that used the museum’s collections. Of the 436 publications and books for 2020, about one-third involved museum staff and research associates. 

Canadian Museum of Nature remaining closed until further notice

The decision is due to the continuing demonstrations in downtown Ottawa and the City of Ottawa’s advice to the public to avoid the area at this time.

Annual cleaning week tradition continues a little differently this year

Every January, the Museum closes its doors for several days of cleaning and maintenance. From dinosaur-dusting to whale-degreasing, find out what typically happens in this cleaning "Blitz", and why it looks a little different this year.

Connecting the Canadian Museum of Nature with the “United Nations for the natural world”

The museum hosted some of Canada’s nature leaders n September as part of the Congress of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. The event marked another milestone for the museum's 30-year involvement with the IUCN.


New genus of tiny marine creature named after museum biologist

In recognition of his taxonomic expertise, biologist Ed Hendrycks has been honoured with a “nice surprise”. A Russian scientist has immortalized his name with a new genus of amphipod: Hendrycksopleustes

Sharing scientific expertise to restore habitat for pollinators

Research Associate Thomas Onuferko’s expertise on wild bees is helping Tundra Oil and Gas establish pollinator-friendly habitats on retired oil well sites in Manitoba. 

“Rocking on” with a new virtual school workshop: a successful pivot for School Programs

Students from across Canada in grades 3 to seven can learn about rocks and minerals in the museum's curriculum-based Virtual School Workshop.

Oceans matter!

Land, Water, Ocean, Us is a new strategy launched March 16 by the Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition. The Canadian Museum of Nature is one of the many partners supporting this great initiative.