859, rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC, H3A 2K6
This museum’s collection features various ethnological and anthropological artifacts, authentic fossils, minerals, crystals and other wonders of the natural world.
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Profile Last Updated: March 10, 2008
Commissioned by notorious philanthropist Peter Redpath in the late 19th century, the Redpath Museum of natural history first opened its doors to the public in 1882. Since then, it has come a long way, successfully adapting to budget cuts and decreased funding while continuing to provide the public with a foremost information centre on nature. The museum’s permanent collection features various ethnological and anthropological artifacts, authentic fossils, minerals, crystals and other wonders of the natural world that are sure to arouse anyone’s curiosity.
Sea Life Explained
This exhibit features marine vertebrates whose ancestors were terrestrial. Here you will find whales, seals and sea turtles alongside extinct marine reptiles that lived at the same time as dinosaurs, including ichthyosaurs, plesiosaurs and marine crocodiles. Together, these animals show the diversity of form and function in secondarily aquatic vertebrates. Find “Back to the Sea” in the entrance gallery.
Geology, Biology, Ecology and More
The Dawson Gallery showcases an exhibit on the geological history and biological diversity of Quebec, a narrative on the history of Earth as seen in the fossil record of Quebec and the rest of Canada, illustrated with many fossils from the Museum’s collections. Minerals from Quebec features Quebec’s wealth of minerals—more than any other region in Canada—as well as minerals from several world-famous localities. The Biodiversity of Quebec exhibit showcases the variety of Quebec habitats and their inhabitants, from the boreal forest to our backyards. Learn about the plight of species at risk of extinction and the menace presented by invasive, alien species.