Redpath Museum

Opal in the Hodgson Gallery

Erromango barkcloth, Vanuatu circa 1890

Beluga in the Dawson Gallery

Heating grate

Front right paddle of the mosasaur Platecarpus

Spring cleaning at the Redpath Museum

May 7, 13h30: ONE WITH NATURE

Join us for the opening of the new photographic exhibit by Anne-Josée Laquerre: ONE WITH NATURE - the Canadian Rockies and the Great Bear Rainforest. Captured while travelling the north-central coast of British Columbia in late summer of 2016, this exhibit features drawings and photographs of birds, black bears, grizzly bears, mezmerizing landscapes and the "spirit bear" or Moskgm'ol.

The vernissage starts with a bilingual presentation by the artist (in Auditorium) and continues with an escorted visit of the exhibit in Room 200. FREE with admission to Museum.

No reservation necessary. INFO: 514-398-4094.Generous support of this exhibit from Aimia Inc.

May 12 and May 14: 24 heures de science @ Museum

12h30 - 15h30: 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. All ages welcome. In Room 106.This event is part of 24 heures de science @ Museum, as well as Science Odyssey. NO RESERVATION NECESSARY. INFO: 514-398-4094


Help us continue our Museum research, teaching and public programs

This year our 2016 Annual Campaign raises funds for Treasures from the Earth. This 100-page booklet reviews the science and classification of minerals and the geological environment in which they occur, with examples from our nationally significant mineral collections. The booklet highlights Canada’s and Quebec’s remarkable mineralogical diversity. We take pride in these specimens and this booklet will foster an appreciation of the importance of minerals to Canadian society.  Authored by Peter Tarassoff, Honorary Curator of Mineralogy, we anticipate publication in 2017. We invite you to join our appeal for support with a donation soon so that we can complete the design of this booklet with professional photography and page layouts.

Join us at the Redpath Museum for special lectures, events, exhibits and outdoor activities

Photo of child with dinosaurExhibits

The main exhibit galleries focus on natural history, world cultures (ethnology), and mineralogy. Temporary exhibits are found throughout the museum and on campus. Popular specimens and artifacts include dinosaurs, shells, mummies and a wide variety of Quebec minerals. On-line exhibits give more information.  

Public program

Our public programme includes activities such as documentary films, public lectures, Sunday Discovery Workshops for families, and nature walks, talks and tours. 

Everyone is encouraged to get involved in a project to create interactive educational digital resources online for museum visitors! FIND OUT MORE: redpathmuseumopensourceproject [at] gmail [dot] com

Group visits

Group visits are available for all kinds of visitors, both inside and outside of the museum. Educational resources such as Scavenger hunts, free Wild Nature fature learning activities and on-line information pages help you plan your visit.


Research at the museum is focused on evolution, from working out the details of the 3,5 billion year history of life on the planet to examining how creatures and systems are changing today. The researchers of the museum can be found on the staff page and their findings can be found both on their individual staff pages and in the publications section of the site.

Courses taught at the Museum
Museum courses include Science and Museums, which focuses on the history of research and management of natural history collections. Museum staff teach courses in several departments such as Biology or the School of the Environment, or Anthropology, and yet more courses are taught in the museum by videoconference from the Department of Natural Resource Sciences at Macdonald College.

At the graduate level, students wanting to study biosystematics and evolutionary biology can find several supervisors working on a variety of topics. Students from other, related departments can also be supported by the museum.