Museum Guidelines


We welcome visitors of all ages and do our best to make a visit to the Museum as interesting and enjoyable as possible. If you are visiting with a child, our downloadable Scavenger Hunt is a fun way to explore and learn more about the exhibits.

Consult our brochure to learn more about the museum and to see a detailed map of the exhibitions.

The Redpath Museum is a public place for quiet study and observation where specimens and artifacts are preserved, exhibited and available for consultation.

The Museum is also a teaching and research institution: laboratories, storage areas and offices are not open to the public. Because the Museum is a small and sensitive area that supports teaching and research as well as public education, we have drawn up a set of guidelines to allow all our multifarious activities to flourish side by side.

  1. Accompanying adults are responsible for the behaviour of their group. All visitors must be aware of the museum rules and observe them during their visit.
  2. Food and beverages are not allowed in the Museum, with the exception of water. They attract insects that can damage specimens and other Museum materials.
  3. Visitors must speak in a low voice.
  4. Visitors must not touch any specimens in the exhibit.
  5. Visitors must not lean on the glass exhibit cases. They are very old and can easily break.
  6. Visitors should not run through the galleries or speak loudly.
  7. An accompanying adult must be present on each floor visited by their students.
  8. Visitors are allowed to photograph museum exhibits without the use of flash.
  9. The Museum is not responsible for loss or theft. Visitors are responsible for their valuable items at all times.
  10. A limited number of coat racks are on the ground floor. During the winter months, we recommend that you bring indoor shoes to wear.
  11. The toilets are in the basement. The Museum does not have a public telephone.


We regret to inform you that at this time, the Redpath Museum is not wheelchair accessible and is not equipped with escalators, elevators or access ramps. The exhibits span three floors that can only be accessed via a staircase.

Soon, our historical building will undergo major renovations to make it universally accessible.

Thanks to Ministry of Education grants, the Operating and Accessibility funds, and the support of generous donors, the Museum will become easily accessible to all visitors, including those who use a wheelchair or for whom stairs are a barrier.

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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