Museum renovations update

Due to project start delays, the accessibility renovations that were expected to start in January 2024 have been postponed. The Museum will therefore remain open to the public until further notice.  

The latest news on the upcoming renovation project and closure dates will continue to be available on this page.  

Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to seeing you at the Museum! All visitors are welcome Tuesday to Friday, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm!  

Guided Tours

Zoology Collection, photo by Alex Tran
Discover the fantastic learning opportunities offered by the Redpath Museum for students and groups of all ages. Explore and learn about the collections guided by our team of museum educators. Our guided tours aim to foster curiosity and passion about the natural and cultural heritage housed at the Redpath Museum. 

Guided Tours are...

  • Appropriate for ages 3 and up and available for all levels, from preschool to college students and adults.
  • Offered in French or English.
  • Available Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
  • Guided activities are 60 minutes long. Groups are welcome to stay at the museum for an extra hour after the activity to continue exploring.
  • The maximum number of participants varies according to the tour. Please see below for more details.
  • Please note that groups exceeding the maximum number of participants will be divided in halves. The first half of the group will take part in the guided portion of the tour during the first hour and in the independent portion during the following 60 minutes. The second half of the group will start with the self-guided portion of the tour, followed by the guided portion for the last 60 minutes.
  • If you are interested in a tour but your group age doesn’t correspond to the listed ages for it, please redpath.museum [at] mcgill.ca (contact us).

Costs

Student or participant

$12 / student or participant (taxes included).

Minimum fee of $150 (taxes included) for groups of less than 13 participants.

Accompanying person

Free for 1 accompanying person per 15 participants.

Beyond this ratio, a fee of $12 (taxes included) applies for each additional accompanying person.

Please note that for school groups, the Museum requires the presence of 1 accompanying person per 15 participants.

Reservations

To book a tour, please visit our booking page.

 

Themes and Topics

Pre-K to Kindergarten (children 3 to 5 years old)

1. Dinosaur Detectives (Pre-K and Kindergarten)

Visit the museum and learn how to recognize dinosaurs and become a dinosaur detective. Guided by our educators, go around the museum to try to find dinosaurs using your new skills as a dinosaur detective. You will get a reward every time you find a dinosaur!

Age: 3 to 5 years old

Duration: 1 hour of guided activity, followed by 1 hour of non guided exploration of the Museum.

Please note that during winter months, groups will need 15 to 20 minutes before the activity to prepare (remove winter jackets and boots), and 15 to 20 minutes after the activity to prepare to leave (put back on winter jackets and boots). In winter months, please plan for 90 minutes total from the time the group arrives to the time the group leaves the museum.

Materials provided: Printed passport with images of the dinosaurs represented in the museum.

Group Size: Maximum of 20 participants and two accompanying adults. 

Please note that groups exceeding the maximum number of participants will be divided in halves. The first half of the group will take part in the guided portion of the tour during the first hour and in the independent portion during the following 60 minutes. The second half of the group will start with the self-guided portion of the tour, followed by the guided portion for the last 60 minutes.

2. Storytime and Treasure Hunt (Pre-K and Kindergarten)

Come to the museum and listen to a fun story animated by one of our educators and then visit the museum, guided by our educators, to discover incredible things around the museum.

Age: 3 to 5 years old

Duration: 1 hour of guided activity, followed by 1 hour of non guided exploration of the Museum.

Please note that during winter months, groups will need 15 to 20 minutes before the activity to prepare (remove winter jackets and boots), and 15 to 20 minutes after the activity to prepare to leave (put back on winter jackets and boots). In winter months, please plan for 90 minutes total from the time the group arrives to the time the group leaves the museum.

Materials provided: A printed guide for the treasure hunt.

Group Size: Maximum of 20 participants and two accompanying adults.

Please note that groups exceeding the maximum number of participants will be divided in halves. The first half of the group will take part in the guided portion of the tour during the first hour and in the independent portion during the following 60 minutes. The second half of the group will start with the self-guided portion of the tour, followed by the guided portion for the last 60 minutes.

Elementary School

1. Dinosaur Detectives (Elementary cycles 1 and 2)

Visit the museum and learn how to recognize dinosaurs and fossils and become a dinosaur detective. Then go around the museum, first accompanied by an educator and then on your own, to try to find dinosaurs using your new skills as a dinosaur detective. You will get a reward if you find all the dinosaurs!

Age: 6 to 9 years old

Duration: 1 hour of guided activity, followed by 1 hour of non guided exploration of the Museum.

Materials provided: Erasable worksheet with clues to find dinosaurs around the museum and clipboard.

Group Size: Maximum of 30 participants and two accompanying adults.

Please note that groups exceeding the maximum number of participants will be divided in halves. The first half of the group will take part in the guided portion of the tour during the first hour and in the independent portion during the following 60 minutes. The second half of the group will start with the self-guided portion of the tour, followed by the guided portion for the last 60 minutes.

2. Big and Small at the Redpath Museum (Elementary cycles 1, 2 and 3)

From a portion of a bowhead whale skull to stromatolites formed by bacteria, discover some of the biggest and smallest objects and specimens in the Redpath’s natural history collections.

Age: 8 to 12 years old

Duration: 1 hour of guided activity, followed by 1 hour of non guided exploration of the Museum.

Group Size: Maximum of 30 participants and two accompanying adults.

Please note that groups exceeding the maximum number of participants will be divided in halves. The first half of the group will take part in the guided portion of the tour during the first hour and in the independent portion during the following 60 minutes. The second half of the group will start with the self-guided portion of the tour, followed by the guided portion for the last 60 minutes.

3. Evolution and Extinction (Elementary cycles 2 and 3)

Come to the museum and learn about the history of life on Earth, from its origins to the age of the great dinosaurs during the Mesozoic to life as we know it today. In this activity, you will explore the evolution of different forms of life and the role that the great extinctions played in shaping life as we see it today.

Age: 8- 12 years old

Duration: 1 hour of guided activity, followed by 1 hour of non guided exploration of the Museum.

Group Size: Maximum of 30 participants and two accompanying adults.

Please note that groups exceeding the maximum number of participants will be divided in halves. The first half of the group will take part in the guided portion of the tour during the first hour and in the independent portion during the following 60 minutes. The second half of the group will start with the self-guided portion of the tour, followed by the guided portion for the last 60 minutes.

4. Ancient Egypt: Time Capsule (Elementary cycles 1, 2 and 3)

Come to the museum and find out how pyramids are like time capsules from which we can learn a lot from the past without having to build a time machine. Learn about Ancient Egypt’s daily life and how archeologists have learnt about this fascinating ancient culture.

Age: 6-12 years old

Duration: 1 hour of guided activity, followed by 1 hour of non guided exploration of the Museum.

Group Size: Maximum of 30 participants and two accompanying adults.

Please note that groups exceeding the maximum number of participants will be divided in halves. The first half of the group will take part in the guided portion of the tour during the first hour and in the independent portion during the following 60 minutes. The second half of the group will start with the self-guided portion of the tour, followed by the guided portion for the last 60 minutes.

Secondary School

1. Ancient Egypt: Time Capsule (Secondary I and II)

Come to the museum and find out how pyramids are like time capsules from which we can learn a lot from the past without having to build a time machine. Learn about Ancient Egypt’s daily life and how archeologists have learnt about this fascinating ancient culture.

Age: 12-14 years old

Duration: 1 hour of guided activity, followed by 1 hour of non guided exploration of the Museum.

Group Size: Maximum of 30 participants and two accompanying adults.

Please note that groups exceeding the maximum number of participants will be divided in halves. The first half of the group will take part in the guided portion of the tour during the first hour and in the independent portion during the following 60 minutes. The second half of the group will start with the self-guided portion of the tour, followed by the guided portion for the last 60 minutes.

2. Evolution and Extinction (Secondary I to IV)

Come to the museum and learn about the history of life on Earth, the geological time scale, and the role that evolution and extinction have played in shaping life as we know it. This program uses dinosaurs as an example of a major extinction.

Age: 12 to 15 years old

Duration: 1 hour of guided activity, followed by 1 hour of non guided exploration of the Museum.

Group Size: Maximum of 30 participants and two accompanying adults.

Please note that groups exceeding the maximum number of participants will be divided in halves. The first half of the group will take part in the guided portion of the tour during the first hour and in the independent portion during the following 60 minutes. The second half of the group will start with the self-guided portion of the tour, followed by the guided portion for the last 60 minutes.

3. Finding Life (Secondary III to V)

From the point of view of a space explorer who arrives on Earth looking for life, learn what this explorer would have found at certain points of the planet's history, maybe only bacteria, or big dinosaurs, or a world dominated by mammals? Accompanied by our educators, learn to identify the signs that tell us that there is life on a planet, the general classification of living things and how consensus in science is established, using the definition of life as an example.

Age: 12 to 15 years old

Duration: 1 hour of guided activity, followed by 1 hour of non guided exploration of the Museum.

Group Size: Maximum of 30 participants and two accompanying adults.

Please note that groups exceeding the maximum number of participants will be divided in halves. The first half of the group will take part in the guided portion of the tour during the first hour and in the independent portion during the following 60 minutes. The second half of the group will start with the self-guided portion of the tour, followed by the guided portion for the last 60 minutes.

Adults

1. General Tour

Come and discover the Redpath Museum's collections as you explore the galleries. Guided by one of our educators, you will discover key objects representing the four pillars of the Museum's collections: paleontology, zoology, mineralogy, and world cultures.

Age: From 16 years old

Duration: 1 hour of guided activity, followed by 60 minutes of self-guided visit.

Group Size: Maximum of 30 participants and two accompanying adults.

Please note that groups exceeding the maximum number of participants will be divided in halves. The first half of the group will take part in the guided portion of the tour during the first hour and in the independent portion during the following 60 minutes. The second half of the group will start with the self-guided portion of the tour, followed by the guided portion for the last 60 minutes.

2. Ancient Egypt

Accompanied by one of our educators, explore the Redpath Museum’s Ancient Egypt exhibition while learning interesting things about this extraordinary culture and about daily life in the Nile Valley thousands of years ago.

Age: From 16 years old

Duration: 1 hour of guided activity, followed by 60 minutes of self-guided visit.

Group Size: Maximum of 30 participants and two accompanying adults.

Please note that groups exceeding the maximum number of participants will be divided in halves. The first half of the group will take part in the guided portion of the tour during the first hour and in the independent portion during the following 60 minutes. The second half of the group will start with the self-guided portion of the tour, followed by the guided portion for the last 60 minutes.

2. History and Architecture

Learn more about the amazing history and architecture of the Redpath Museum with one of our educators. Discover why this museum of museums, inaugurated in 1882, represents an important page in Canadian history and how it still stands as a magnificent example of Victorian architecture in the heart of downtown Montreal.

Age: From 16 years old

Duration: 1 hour of guided activity, followed by 60 minutes of self-guided visit.

Group Size: Maximum of 30 participants and two accompanying adults.

Please note that groups exceeding the maximum number of participants will be divided in halves. The first half of the group will take part in the guided portion of the tour during the first hour and in the independent portion during the following 60 minutes. The second half of the group will start with the self-guided portion of the tour, followed by the guided portion for the last 60 minutes.

 

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your reservation, charges may apply depending on the length of time between your cancellation and your scheduled visit. For full details of our cancellation policy, please click here

redpath.museum [at] mcgill.ca (Contact us) to know more.

Land Acknowledgement

McGill University is on land which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg nations. We acknowledge and thank the diverse Indigenous peoples whose presence marks this territory on which peoples of the world now gather.

The Redpath Museum's director EDI statement.

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