Canadian Museum of Nature announces shining 2014 season

The Canadian Museum of Nature’s (CMN) upcoming season will literally shine bright with vibrant exhibitions and programs: the blockbuster Creatures of Light, the Nature Nocturne social events for adults, and a new series, Nature Talks, which is an engaging exploration of relevant natural science topics. All this and much more will be announced at the Museum’s annual Chair’s VIP Reception and Season Launch event on Wednesday, November 6.

The Chair’s event also honours the 100th anniversary of Canada’s first fossil hall (now called the Talisman Energy Fossil Gallery). A star specimen in the gallery is the Edmontosaurus, which is the first dinosaur skeleton ever to be mounted for public display in Canada.

Visitors to the Canadian Museum of Nature can look forward to the following new exhibitions and programs at the museum’s historic Victoria Museum Building in downtown Ottawa:

Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence, May 3 to November 9, 2014 – The first time in Canada, this brilliant exhibition is all about amazing organisms that produce their own light. It is organized by the American Museum of Natural History Museum in collaboration with the Canadian Museum of Nature and The Field Museum in Chicago. The research of four CMN scientists is also featured in the show, through video.
Fall 2013 to May 2014 – Nature Nocturne 2: This second edition of the extremely popular Friday night series for adults offers different themes at each event. Nocturners enjoy dancing, DJ music, live bands, artistic interactions, food, socializing, gallery visits and new discoveries.
January 15, 2014 – Nature Talks débuts with a renowned moderator, a distinguished scientific expert and an interactive audience to encourage dialogue and debate on some tantalizing natural science topics.
X-rays of Arctic Fishes, January 11 to June 11, 2014 – This small yet stunning exhibition in the Stone Wall Gallery will reveal the beauty and complexity of the architecture of Arctic fishes.

The Canadian Museum of Nature is located at 240 McLeod Street, Ottawa. Until June 1, the museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours on Thursday until 8 p.m. (Also open Mondays during holiday periods). From June 1 to Labour Day, the museum is open seven days a week. A surcharge applies for entry to the special exhibitions, Frogs and Creatures of Light.

For details, including fees and hours, visit nature.ca.

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