Special Events

Mar. 26, 14h: Science on Stage:

Women's Work

A theatrical celebration of Working Women in the Arts and Sciences. By Colleen & Peggy Curran  (In English)

Short plays about McGill’s Carrie Derick & Maude Abbott, Emily Carr and Beaver Hall painters Anne Savage and Emily Coonan. Featuring actors Mary Burns, Colleen Curran, Sylvia Cymbalista and Jane Hackett. You can read about Carrie Derick's work and life here.

Redpath Museum, Auditorium. Suggested donation: $5 non-student or senior; $3 student. At the door. Everyone welcome. RSVP: 514-398-4094.

IMAGES: Anne Savage and Carrie Derick. Both at work. Wikipedia.

Earth Days movie posterApril 23 avril - Earth ​Day @ the Museum

Toby and the Toads: You're Never too Young for Natural History!

14h30 - 16h30

Cost:  FREE with admission to the Museum.
You're never too young (or old) for natural history! An appreciation of nature can be nurtured from an early age. To celebrate Earth Day, come and learn the secrets to being a naturalist and hear one young naturalist's account of unusual behaviour in a tropical toad. Afterwards, join us as we explore nature right outside our door and learn about the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s Wild Family Nature Clubs. Ages 5 and up (there is a talk of 30 minutes): parents and children join in the fun together. Talk in English; questions and outdoor activities in English and French. Event starts in the Redpath Museum Auditorium.

Online registration required here.

May 12, 12h30 - 15h30: 24heuresdescience @ Museum

Trees and papermaking

(In English)

Learn how trees grow and what they are made of. Find out how we use them for furniture, paper and even to make artificial vanilla. Make a small sample of craft paper to take home.

Cost: $3/participant. Payable at the door.



Feb. 12, 11h-16h: Darwin Day @ the Museum

Join us for a celebration of all things Darwinian on the exact birthday of Charles Darwin in 1859.

12h-15h: Demonstration by McGill Flintknappers Club. In World Cultures Gallery, 3rd floor.

13h-16h: Fossil preparation by Museum Paleontology Technician Chantal Montreuil and Holly Ghandhi. In Entrance Hall.

11h-14h: A Darwinian Treasure Hunt. In all the galleries. Animated by the Redpath Museum Society. Bilingual, for all ages.

11h-14h:  Revealing Species - with evolutionary art. Animated by Lea McLean (Visual Arts Centre, Westmount). In Room 200. Participants will be introduced to the artwork of artist/philosopher/biologist Ernst Haeckel. Using Haeckel’s art as inspiration, they will work with a scratchboard made with colorful oil pastels and ink. Participants will scratch out their invented underwater species on this surface. 

12h-16h: Tree of Life and Evolution games. Bilingual. All ages welcome. In Auditorium.

16h:   Special Darwin lecture: Darwin and the Museum. By Victoria Dickenson (Museum Consultant, formerly Director McCord Museum). In Auditorium.

Feb. 26, 13h-15h: Paper Places - a mapmaking workshop

(In English)

The “Paper Places” workshop is an introduction to mapmaking, visual art practices and a conversation about the commons. It is also a means to introduce participants to visual facilitation as a teaching and learning method. Through the mapping workshops, visual artist Shane Watt and educator Alex Megelas have explored the ways in which mapmaking, as an art form, can lead to further discussion with children and adults on their interactions with the commons as well as a means to deconstruct societal narratives. In this workshop we will focus on potential space habitats. During the workshop participants will incorporate Shane’s artistic practice of mapmaking as a means of showcasing the ways in which fictional (created) maps can be used to interpret a physical or conceptual locale. They will go through their own process of map creation, and engage with each other regarding the significance of their representations – the places in which they value and how to create a sustainable and liveable future both on earth and in space.

Dec. 2, 13h-16h: Rock and Mineral Teacher Workshop

The workshop will explore the Deeper and Deeper: Discovering rocks and mineral teacher resource kit that was developed by Mining Matters. This 3-hour session will focus on hands-on activities for 2.5 hours followed by a 30 minute guided tour of the museum, a great place to bring your class for a field trip. Suitable for Grade 4-6 teachers.This is a free workshop for Montreal area teachers. The workshop content and delivery method is meant for teachers; it suits the way they learn, the way they have to teach and we help them with the implementation and troubleshooting of such activities in class during our session. It is not a University lecture or a Geology crash course, it is an introduction to the discovery of rocks and minerals related to our resource “Deeper and Deeper” and correlated to the Elementary Curriculum.

The Deeper and Deeper: Discovering rocks and minerals kit contains 39 engaging and hands-on lessons along with a variety of rocks and minerals needed to cover the curriculum and foster an interest in the Earth below our feet. Kits can be purchased by those attending the workshop for $60 plus $15 for shipping. This workshop takes place in English, in Room 200 @ Redpath Museum.

TO REGISTER: Please contact //kmcbride [at] miningmatters [dot] ca">Kelly McBride. Her address: Mining Matters | Une mine de renseignements, 904-1200 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto, ON M3C 1H9, Canada