Monday, January 4, 2021

A Return Visit To The Museum Of Nature

 In the first part of December I paid a return visit to the Canadian Museum of Nature. The place had Covid protocols in place during my visit. I started out on the east end of the property to photograph this statue pairing of a mother and baby dinosaur, chasmosaurus irvinensis.

The Museum was built as a memorial to Queen Victoria, and has seen more than one use. It looks like a castle, with a modern glass tower, called the Queens Lantern, opened in 2010.

This stained glass window is inside the entrance.

Direction markers are one Covid protocol inside. Another is signage, such as this one on an elevator.

A new installation has been hung in the central atrium, a model of the Earth called Gaia, which slowly turns in this space.

It is a suitable companion for the Moon, which hangs out in the Lantern, and was put there for the 50th anniversary of the first landing on the Moon.

The museum organizes itself in a series of galleries, and the first is the Arctic Gallery. One first sees large slabs of ice.


  1. The creative signage is quite wonderful. It's always good to make utilitarian objects interesting.

  2. Hello,

    I love the stained glass and the model of earth! Take care, stay safe! Have a happy new week!

  3. You got back there while you could.

  4. I love that pretty stained glass.

  5. I like that first part of the Arctic Gallery.

  6. I love it when you visit the nature museum. I'll look forward to this series.

  7. Gaia is very impressive. Huhhh, arctic. We had (a wee bit) snow today...

  8. This is one building that I will never forget.

  9. Creative photos! Love the Mama and baby dinosaur ~

    Wishing you a Happy, Creative and Healthy New Year,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  10. The model of the earth, Gaia, is quite striking.

  11. @Marianne: thanks!

    @David: I agree.

    @Marie: me too.

    @Eileen: thanks.

    @Anvilcloud: I figured it was a good idea.

    @DJan: me too.

    @Sharon: it is.

  12. @Jan: me too.

    @RedPat: more to come.

    @Jeanie: thank you.

    @Iris: we have snow too.

    @Red: it does stand out.

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Bill: I agree.

  13. Hallways remind of a hospital I used to visit that would have been totally unnavigable without helpful murals.

  14. ...a nice place to send the day inside on a cold winter day.

  15. An interesting place to visit. Nice to see the school bus, too.

  16. What a gorgeous museum. The architecture is stunning. You have the coolest museums in your area!

  17. I'm pretty certain that I visited this museum with my son when he was about 12. He's almost 39 now, and that was the last time I have visited Ottawa I think! A visit to Ottawa is planned as soon as Mr Covid leaves us all alone.

  18. I just love those stained glass windows.

    All the best Jan