The Canadian Museum of Nature is a natural history museum in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Its collections, which were started by the Geological Survey of Canada in 1856, include all aspects of the intersection of human society and nature, from gardening to gene-splicing. The Museum is affiliated with the Canadian Museums Association, the Canadian Heritage Information Network, and the Virtual Museum of Canada.
The exhibits and main programmes are housed in the Victoria Memorial Museum Building in Ottawa.
The permanent galleries are:
- Talisman Energy Fossil Gallery - skeletons and dioramas about dinosaurs and the events that led to their extinction and the rise of mammals approximately 85 to 35 million years ago.
- Vale Earth Gallery - minerals and rocks, and how geological forces have shaped the planet.
- Mammal Gallery - Canada's wild animals, including mounts of grizzly bears, bison, moose, caribou, pronghorns and cougars.
- RBC Blue Water Gallery - features a blue whale skeleton, exhibits about life found in marine and fresh waters and the critical role that water plays in sustaining all living things.
- Bird Gallery - features over 450 Canadian bird mounts, multimedia experiences and interactive displays.
- Animalium - live insects, arachnids and slugs.
- Stone Wall Gallery - changing displays of art and photography about natural science.
Natural Heritage Campus:
The Natural Heritage Campus in Gatineau, Quebec, opened in 1997, is the site of the administrative, research and collections operations.It is not open to the public except for an annual Open House. The library, however, does allow for visitors.