Continuing today with the panels around this spot in the Museum of Nature, which cover the history and architecture of the building. For those few years while Centre Block was being rebuilt after the 1916 fire, Parliament met in this building. Wilfred Laurier, whose time as Prime Minister had ended in an election several years earlier and had continued as Liberal leader, nonetheless had the right to a state funeral, and his body laid in state in the Museum after his death.
A look up takes in La Meduse again, this time from below.
The glass tower, called the Queens Lantern, honours two queens, Victoria and Elizabeth. The latter re-dedicated the museum during a visit in 2010. Upon her departure with Prince Philip, the motorcade went up Metcalfe and past me, so I can honestly say that I've seen the Queen with my own eyes.
Of course there are ghost stories to be found with a building like this.
Here we have a view looking down to the lower level. The plaque re-dedicating the museum is down there to the left of the windows.
And a view inside the atrium looking up.
The next gallery is still on this level, the Bird Gallery. The collection is in the larger space away from the entrance, but this first area includes educational activities and a few live specimens of insects and other creepy crawlies.
Obviously this isn't life sized, because if it was, we'd be in trouble. The Hercules beetle is strong for its size, capable of carrying objects much, much heavier than they are. This sculpture is big enough for you to pose with.
A display of various butterflies is set up against a nearby wall. Tomorrow we'll start looking at some birds.