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

Sunday Family Discovery Workshops

FULL - Sept. 24: Mermaids

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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. 

Celebrate Canada C3 with Marine Science Literacy Day at the Museum!

Sept. 24 septembre, 13h - 16h

Join us to explore the concepts, terminology and understandings we have of marine life and maritime heritage. We will explore the C3 map on the touch screen, check out the points of interest on the giant floor map, and for the younger audience, we will read stories about oceans and aquatic animals. See the full schedule of events here.

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]

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.