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

March 24: Apply to get on the Canada C3 boat this summer

We’re excited to be a partner of the @CanadaC3 expedition. The 150-day journey will travel from Toronto (June 1) to Victoria (Oct 28) via the Northwest Passage.  Visit the CanadaC3 website to learn more about the expedition. You have to be a Canadian and currently living in Canada to apply to join an incredible group of participants sharing experiences and celebrating Canada. Any Canadian 18 years and older can now apply to come on a leg of the journey. These journey participants will be accompanied by scientists, artists, indigenous elders, innovators, educators, and other prominent Canadians. The aim is to ensure the most diversity possible onboard, and the best representation of Canadian society. Here’s a link to the public application form. Applications must be completed by March 24, 2017.

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.