Special Events

Sept. 24, 14h - 16h

Marine Science Literacy @ Museum

To mark Science Literacy week at McGill, join us to explore the concepts, terminology and understandings we have of marine life and maritime heritage. We will explore the Canada C3 scientific voyage by checking out the points of interest on the giant floor map, and hanging out with the scientist through a Google hangout  directly from the ship.


All events are free with donation to the museum, bilingual and family friendly.

Ongoing from 2 - 4 pm:

- We've selected some very special marine specimens from our collections that aren't usually on display. Check out the narwhal tusk, tiger shark jaw, seal skin, and others!  In the Entrance Hall.

On going From 2 - 4 pm:

Learn about some of Canada's weird and wonderful fishes, plants and Arctic animal life while exploring the giant C3 floor map. For families: children aged 5 and up. Outdoors (weather permitting) or in the World Cultures Gallery (3rd floor).

- Learn about the ground-breaking research on invasive species and microplastic pollution that takes place at the museum. Animated by students in Prof. Tony Ricciardi's Invasive Species research lab. In Room 106.

- Join McGill's Let's Talk Science students for some fun, marine-themed hands-on learning activities suchas ocean zones and ocean acidification. In Dawson Gallery.

3 pm: Google hang-out - Tiny Critters, Huge Impact: Discovering the Ocean Microbiome with Julie LaRoche (Dalhousie University). Bilingual. In Auditorium.

4 pm:  Documentary film A climate of change (2014). Produced as a prelude to the 2015 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Canadian production A Climate of Change relies on the expert insights of several revered scientists to debunk the skepticism of global warming deniers and advocate for greater urgency in preventing further planetary abuse. Armed with easily understandable testimony and clear and concise evidence, the film hopes to put an end to the debate and begin the search for real solutions to an ever-worsening global crisis. The scientists featured in the film speak to the various aspects of the climate change crisis. Dr. Kimberly Strong, a Professor Physics at the University of Toronto, dedicates her professional research career to the measurement and study of gasses and other pollutants in the atmosphere. Her findings indicate a dangerous trend of ozone depletion. Dr. John Smol, Professor of Biology at Queen's University, speaks of the changes occurring in the Arctic region. From there, scientists can comfortably predict the global changes to come. What they find in the Arctic is immensely troubling, as ancient ponds and lakes are shallowing at an alarming rate. Richard Peltier, the Director of the Centre for Global Change Science, outlines the dangers inherent in our rising sea levels, which are caused in significant measure by melting ice sheets and warming climates. In Auditorium.

Oct. 29, 14h: One with Nature 

Join us for an escorted visit 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 visit starts with a bilingual presentation by the artist in Room 200. FREE with admission to Museum. No reservation necessary. INFO: 514-398-4094. Generous support of this exhibit from Aimia Inc.

Oct. 29, 14h-16h: Hallowe'en @ the Museum

Murder Math Mysteries (Age 12-16): Determine the direction that the blood splattered from through calculating angles.

Crime Lab (Age 8-16): Create your own fingerprints with lead and understand the basic workings of DNA fingerprinting.

Matters Matter (Age 5 - 10): See how we are able to change something from solid and liquid through addition of substances, like a magic trick! (The volunteer will dress up as a wizard/witch)