The Redpath Museum, one of Canada's oldest free-standing museums, functions as a unique interdisciplinary unit within the Faculty of Science. As a Museum it preserves and displays large collections of ancient and modern organisms, minerals, and world culture (ethnological) artefacts. As an academic unit it serves as a centre for the teaching and writing of science, as well as a research centre for the history of life and biodiversity of the planet.
Research at the museum is focused on evolution, from working out the details of the 3,5 billion year history of life on the planet to examining how creatures and systems are changing today. The researchers of the museum can be found on the staff page and their findings can be found both on their individual staff pages and in the publications section of the site.
Courses taught at the Museum
Museum courses include Science Writing, offered at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as a new museum studies course, Science and Museums, which focuses on the history of research and management of natural history collections. Museum staff teach courses in several departments such as Biology or the School of the Environment, or Anthropology, and yet more courses are taught in the museum by videoconference from the Department of Natural Resource Sciences at Macdonald College.
At the graduate level, students wanting to study biosystematics and evolutionary biology can find several supervisors working on a variety of topics. Students from other, related departments can also be supported by the museum.
Exhibits and public programming
Exhibits at the museum are found on all three floors and focus on natural history, world cultures (ethnology), and mineralogy. Popular specimens include dinosaurs, shells, mummies and a wide variety of Quebec minerals.
A robust public programme includes activities such as documentary films, public lectures, Sunday discovery workshops for children and tours inside and outside of the museum.
The Fossils' Tale
The Redpath Museum is proud to announce its latest publication, The Fossils’ Tale. This lavishly illustrated book is a self-guided tour through the history-of-life exhibit gallery at the museum and can also be enjoyed at home. The Fossils’ Tale explains why fossils are important, how they are formed, and what they mean about life in the past. The 96-page book contains detailed descriptions and beautiful photographs of museum exhibits and fossil specimens that tell the amazing tale of life on Earth over its four and a half billion year history.
$15 CAD with a cash or cheque contribution made to: Redpath Museum/McGill University. Shipping included. For book orders, contact sarah [dot] pimpaneau [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Sarah Pimpaneau) or call 514-398-4086 ext. 00549.