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“This imposing baronial building houses one of the world’s best natural history collections, which the vast museum brings to life with modern and interactive exhibits. There’s an impressive collection of fossils, the full skeleton of a blue whale and an excellent stock of dinosaur skeletons and models. Everyone loves the realistic mammal and bird dioramas depicting Canadian wildlife – the taxidermic creatures are so lifelike, you’ll be glad they’re behind a sheet of glass.”
Dr. Danika Goosney appointed new President of the Canadian Museum of Nature July 5, 2022 – The Canadian Museum of Nature welcomes the appointment of Danika Goosney, Ph.D., as its new President and CEO, following the announcement today by the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage. Goosney follows in the footsteps of Margaret Beckel, […]
Thanks to the new Planet Ice AR app, you can bring mammoths, sabre-toothed cats and other ice-age animals into the world around you.
Indigenous scholar and business leader Dr. Mark Dockstator, a member of Oneida Nation of the Thames, is the new Chair of the Nature Foundation—the charitable arm supporting the national research and educational initiatives of the Canadian Museum of Nature.
Step back in time to learn how ice and cold have shaped our world.
Watch leafcutter ants, the farmers of the insect world, in this live exhibition of insects, arachnids, and millipedes.
Read stories from the field to the lab, and everywhere in between.
As a scientific leader in species discovery and Arctic research, the Canadian Museum of Nature contributes to a more sustainable future for us all.

Did You Know?
Not all owls are nocturnal. Their large eyes are superbly adapted to low-light conditions, but they can see well in daylight too. Snowy Owls may see up to 24 hours of daylight in the High Arctic.
Join us in saving the world for future generations with evidence, knowledge and inspiration.
Dr. Danika Goosney appointed new President of the Canadian Museum of Nature July 5, 2022 – The Canadian Museum of Nature welcomes the appointment of Danika Goosney, Ph.D., as its new President and CEO, following the announcement today by the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage. Goosney follows in the footsteps of Margaret Beckel, […]
Thanks to the new Planet Ice AR app, you can bring mammoths, sabre-toothed cats and other ice-age animals into the world around you.
Indigenous scholar and business leader Dr. Mark Dockstator, a member of Oneida Nation of the Thames, is the new Chair of the Nature Foundation—the charitable arm supporting the national research and educational initiatives of the Canadian Museum of Nature.
The Canadian Museum of Nature resides on the traditional, unceded territory of the Anishinābe Algonquin people who have stewarded this land for thousands of years.
We acknowledge that the museum’s scientific research occurs across Canada—from coast to coast to coast—on the territories of the Métis and First Nations people and in Inuit Nunangat.
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