Mandate and History

This Newsletter: PDF icon 2017 Highlights of Redpath Museum Newsletter, written by almost all the Museum personnel, describes recent research by Museum faculty and staff, public program activities and events, and fundraising work at the Museum. 

Mandate of the Museum

The Redpath Museum is an academic unit of McGill University. Its mandate is to foster understanding and appreciation of the diversity of our biological, geological, and cultural heritage through scientific research, collections-based study, and education.

IMAGE: Anthony Zerafa, 2017.


The Redpath Museum is the oldest building in Canada built as a museum. Completed in 1882, it originally housed the collections of Sir William Dawson, then Principal of McGill. The museum currently holds extensive collections in the fields of paleontology, zoology, mineralogy, and world cultures (ethnology). It has several research labs and a Victorian teaching auditorium. The museum is open to the public. Read more about the Museum's history and architecture and about its Directors.


Land Acknowledgement

McGill University is located on land which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg nations. McGill honours, recognizes and respects these nations as the traditional stewards of the lands and waters on which we meet today.

The Redpath Museum's director EDI statement.

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