Today I'm beginning a series of posts from the Canadian Museum of Nature, located in the downtown core. It is housed in the Victoria Memorial Museum Building, which was built in tribute to the late Queen when the government bought the land in 1905. Designed by architect David Ewart, it has a lot of Gothic influences in its style, and animal images carved onto the exterior. It first housed the collection of the Geological Survey of Canada, and has housed collections for the National Gallery and Museum of History. After the 1916 fire that destroyed Centre Block, the building was home to the House of Commons and Senate during reconstruction on Parliament Hill. In 2010, a renovation was completed that added the glass tower at the front, now called The Queens' Lantern.
The property outside includes sculptures of dinosaurs on the east side.
On the west side, sculptures of a family of mammoths have been moved not far from their original location as part of a reworking of the property here. There is some landscaping left to be done for that project, so this area's currently fenced off, but I'll be showing you the final results down the line. Tomorrow I'll take you inside.