Make the Museum your March Break destination!


Me & My Microbes: The Zoo Inside You

Only until March 29, 2020

Did you know that there are more microbes in the human body than stars in the Milky Way? Microbes can be bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites. These tiny organisms affect our digestion, fight off disease and even influence your mood. Explore the astonishing biodiversity of the human ecosystem in the Canadian premiere of this fascinating exhibition. Daily presentations in the “Lab” area. $6 in addition to regular museum admission.

Qilalukkat! Belugas and Inuvialuit: Our Survival Together
On now

Explore the history and traditions of beluga whale harvesting, which continues to be a vital part of present-day life for the Inuvialuit people of the Western Arctic. See artefacts, modern tools and beluga-inspired arts and crafts. Stroll through a recreated camp and smokehouse. Discover how Inuvialuit and scientists work together for beluga conservation. Included with museum admission.

Nature Live

The Nature Live gallery will be closed from March 23 to 31 inclusive. The program, Nature Trade, will be unavailable on March 26, 28 and 29. Nature Live will reopen on April 1 in its new space (level 0).


Live-animal presentations

March 4–7and March 18–21, 10 am and 11 am (30 minutes per presentation)

Our friends from Little Ray’s Nature Centre are back with their always fun and educational live-animal presentations. See snakes and other cool reptiles up close. You might also meet a gecko, owl, ferret, or even a “dragon”. Different species each day, subject to availability.

Cost: $5 plus museum admission.

 Kombucha tasting

March 8, 21, 22

14 pm

Have you tried the trendy beverage, kombucha? Get your taste buds ready and have a sip of this fermented drink. Your gut microbiome will thank you for it!  Find out the wonders of kombucha, learn about its components and even touch some SCOBY—an acronym meaning symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. Who knows, you might be tempted to brew your own kombucha! Included with museum admission.

Multisensory Microbes

February 29–March 9 and March 14–22

Get crafty with microbes. Through hands-on activities, such as “mouldy-fruit” paper art, a matching game, a time-lapse video, and a microscopic look at real mould, you’ll get a new insight on the fungus that may be growing in your own fruit basket! Fun for families.

 Documentary screening – free!

Let Them Eat Dirt: The Hunt for Our Kids’ Missing Microbes

Thursday, March 12, 7 pm

The millions of microbes that live in our body influence childhood development. How does an imbalance in these microbes—for example, through antibiotic overuse, hyper-cleanliness and poor diet—impact children’s health, including chronic conditions? Don’t miss this special documentary screening, followed by a question-and-answer session with University of Calgary microbiologist Marie-Claire Arrieta, Ph.D., and Dr. Chris Waterhouse, a paediatric gastroenterologist. Marie Claire Arrieta is a co-author of Let Them Eat Dirt: Saving Your Child from an Oversanitized World.

Reservations recommended. Tickets for walk-ins available on a first-come basis.

 A “touch of the Irish”; Queens’ Lantern goes green!

On the evening of March 17, the Museum’s beautiful glass tower—the Queens’ Lantern—will be lit in green as part of Tourism Ireland’s annual Global Greening initiative. Now in its 11th year, this initiative saw 470 landmarks around the world lighting up in green last year on St. Patrick’s Day.

Annual Bird Display and Launch of the Ottawa Bird Strategy

Thursday, March 26, 5 pm 8 pm

Safe Wings Ottawa is a program by the Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club that strives to reduce bird mortality from window collisions through research, prevention and rescue. Find out about new initiatives in the community, and what you can do individually, to protect birds from windows and other threats. See 1600+ birds collected last year by Safe Wings. Free admission.

Nature Nocturne: Bright Night

March 27, 8 pm midnight

This month features amazing light painting photography, musical set by Gatineau singer-songwriter Babe Ruth, visual experience and installation by the Music.Art.Ppl community, dancing under a colossal moon, and more! Ticket: $27. Must be 19 years or older.

Awesome 3D movies! (separate ticket required; visit for schedule and tickets)

Titans of the Ice Age

Journey back to the time when humans shared a frozen landscape with exotic, now-extinct animals such as sabre-toothed cats, giant sloths and majestic mammoths—all brought to life with dazzling computer-generated imagery.

Sea Monsters 3D

Journey back in time to the Late Cretaceous Period when a vast inland sea divided North America in two. Through stunning computer-generated animation, meet an incredible cast of prehistoric characters that swam the most dangerous oceans in history. 20 minutes.

Palaeo station

Saturdays, 1 pm – 4 pm

Explore different aspects of palaeontological work. Help extract a real fossil dinosaur fossil from its plaster field jacket. Learn about fossil mapping and casting. Assemble bones of a dinosaur foot.

Sundays,1 pm – 4 pm
Learn museum plant-mounting techniques on Sunday afternoons in the Mammal Gallery as skilled volunteers prepare botanical specimens for the National Herbarium of Canada.

Nature After 5

Free Thursday evenings, 5 pm – 8 pm

Pop by the museum after 5 pm on Thursdays and enjoy free admission to our permanent galleries. (An admission fee applies for special exhibitions).

Supported by Canada Life and by Ashbury College.

The Canadian Museum of Nature is at 240 McLeod St, Ottawa. Follow the museum on Twitter (@museumofnature) and Instagram (museumofnature), and Like us on Facebook. Visit or phone 613-566-4700.