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Darwin Day @ the Museum

Feb. 14, 14h-16h

Join the students from the Redpath Museum Society as we celebrate the amazing natural wonders of evolution. Learn about the history of life on Earth, the origin of our species, the meaning of the earliest land plants found in the Gaspé, how fins evolved into limbs and how limbs evolved into wings. Learn about the Museum's Darwin letters and then go to the Darwin Day Lecture about sex and immunology.

In the Dawson Gallery. Free, with a donation to the Crowdfunding campaign to purchase a replica of a Jurassic swimming reptile named Terminononator that was found in Saskatchewan a few years ago but has never been exhibited anywhere. IMAGE: Wikipedia Commons. 

 Feb. 14, 16h: Darwin Day Lecture

 What does Immunology have to do with Sex?

(in English)  By  J. (Quim) Madrenas (Canada Research Chair in Human Immunology, McGill). In Auditorium. Everyone welcome, no reservation necessary.

 


 February 27: Nuit blanche à Montréal flashlight tours

 19h - 24h

 Come discover the mummies of Egypt, the prehistoric dinosaurs, the animals and minerals of Quebec, as well as other special exhibits with flashlight tours by student guides from the Redpath  Museum Society. Guided visits take approximately 40 minutes, starting each hour, on the hour and on the half hour. No reservation necessary (or even possible).

This year you can have your picture taken with the Steampunk Montreal animators. At the front door. All donations will go directly to the Museum. A great way to remember this magical evening.

Cost: Adults $4, seniors/students/children $2. Maximum $10 per family

New this year: Nuit Blanche at the Museum AND in the Chemistry Department

For the first time, the McGill Chemistry Outreach Group will be presenting The Chemistry of Light at Nuit Blanche: fun, family-friendly chemistry demonstrations in the Otto Maass Building (801 Sherbrooke West) at 7pm, 8:30pm, 10:00 pm and 11:30pm. Combine your museum visit with a little Chemistry! Please see here for more information.


  March Break Science Madness

  Feb. 29 – March 4

  Between 11h-14h each day

  In Dawson Gallery, 2nd floor

  For all ages!

  Feb. 29 - BONE Zone – Learn about your muscles and skeleton and how all the bones work together or shy they sometimes break.

Mar. 1- GAK Zone – Learn how to make slime and understand how icky gooey chemical compounds polymerize.

Mar. 2 - ORIGAMI Zone – Learn how to fold easy animals such as dinosaurs with origami paper.

Mar. 3 - ELECTRIC Zone  – Learn about the positive and negative charges are all around us and how we use them to help us do work.

Mar. 4 - CONSTRUCT Zone – Help us make marshmallow towers and see how they stand up to gravity and wind!

With the Museum educators and students from Let’s Talk Science McGill. Check out their website or find them on Facebook.

Get your passport to March break when you arrive each day to enjoy some fun and educational science activities!

COST: $2/child OR $4/adult OR maximum $15/family. Payable at the door. No reservations necessary.

March Break Nature Madness: March 3rd: 13:30-14:45

CWF Family Nature ClubsDo you love getting outside to play and to explore nature? We do too! Come and learn about our new Wild Family Nature Club program and how you can start up your own club and receive a Canadian Wildlife Federation backpack full of activity cards and gear. All for free! Join us on March 3rd from 13:30-14:45 at the Redpath Museum (room 106) for a short intro inside and then an hour of March Break fun outside. Agest 5-10. Please note: parents and children join in the fun together. Register here for this free activity.


  March 6, 15h:  Mapmaking and paperplaces

The workshop attendees will collaborate with artist and mapmaker Shane Watt and facilitator/geographer Justine Spits to map out a world with a different start point than our own. The participants will create geography reminiscent of our own planet but with land masses distorted or changed slightly to suit the exercise. The map itself will be made of 8-12 inter-connecting sections, each representative of a different country. All participants will be separated into groups in order to map their countries complete with their own histories, cities, commodities and cultures. We will then re-connect the map in order to discuss each country and the issues that may accompany themselves and their neighbours. In English. FREE. Reservations in advance: redpath [dot] museum [at] mcgill [dot] ca.


Wild Family Nature Club

March 20, 10:30-12:00

Do you love getting outside to play and to explore nature? We do too! Come and learn about our new Wild Family Nature Club program and how you can start up your own club and receive a Canadian Wildlife Federation backpack full of activity cards and gear. All for free! Join us on March 20th from 10:30-11:45 at the Redpath Museum (room 106) for a short intro inside and then an hour of fun outside. This session's theme: celebrate spring! Register here for this free activitiy.


  May 29: Montreal Museums Day

  10h - 16h

 Outdoor activity: Make a fossil replica

 In the Museum (at 11h, 12h & 13h, in the Dawson Gallery): Dinosaurs of Canada with La Société de Paléontologie du Québec.

 Museums Day will also feature a small exhibit in the entrance area that highlights a few campaigns organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Montreal, including the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (2011-2020), the International Day for Biodiversity, the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (a Protocol aiming to ensure the safe handling, transport and use of living modified organisms resulting from modern biotechnology that may have negative effects on biological diversity) and the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (a Protocol aiming at sharing the benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources in a fair and equitable way).