teaching and public programs
The main exhibit galleries focus on natural history, world cultures (ethnology), and mineralogy. Temporary exhibits are found throughout the museum and on campus. Popular specimens and artifacts include dinosaurs, shells, mummies and a wide variety of Quebec minerals. On-line exhibits give more information.
Group visits are available for all kinds of visitors, both inside and outside of the museum. Educational resources such as Scavenger hunts, free Wild Nature fature learning activities and on-line information pages help you plan your visit.
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 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.