OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 19, 2017) - Media are invited to the official preview of the museum's new permanent Canada Goose Arctic Gallery. This 8,000 sq. ft gallery, the museum's Canada 150 legacy project, will open to the public June 21, 2017 with the goal of transforming people's understanding of the Arctic, and its importance to Canada in the 21st century.

Learn about the Arctic's geography, ecosystems and sustainability, as well as the impacts of climate change through 200 authentic specimens and artefacts, stunning multimedia, indigenous perspectives, guided learning, activities, games and more. Take in the multimedia experience Beyond Ice, a co-creation with the National Film Board that offers a sensory introduction to the sounds, sights and even feel of the Arctic through real ice! Enjoy Inuinnauyugut: We Are Inuinnait, a temporary exhibition curated by the Kitikmeot Heritage Society, and located in the Northern Voices Gallery. Behold the original work created by Inuk artist Nancy Saunders, which deconstructs and reconstructs images across surfaces throughout the gallery in an immersive experience called Anamorphosis.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 20, 10 a.m. to noon. Introductory remarks, followed by visit to gallery and opportunities for interviews.


  • Meg Beckel, President and CEO, Canadian Museum of Nature
  • Ailsa Barry, VP, Experience and Engagement, Canadian Museum of Nature
  • Dr. Jeff Saarela, Director of Museum's Centre for Arctic Knowledge and Exploration
  • Caitlyn Baikie, Member of Advisory Committee
  • Claude Joli-Coeur, Commissioner, National Film Board of Canada
  • Elders from the Kitikmeot Heritage Society, Cambridge Bay, Nunavut
  • Curators, scientists, and exhibition designers.

WHERE: Remarks: Salon, 3rd floor, then Gallery visit on 4th floor. 240 McLeod St, Ottawa

RSVP: or 613-566-4781

The Canadian Museum of Nature is Canada's national museum of natural history and natural sciences. The museum provides evidence-based insights, inspiring experiences and meaningful engagement with nature's past, present and future. It achieves this through scientific research, a 10.5 million specimen collection, education programs, signature and travelling exhibitions, and a dynamic web site, The museum's Centre for Arctic Knowledge and Exploration continues the museum's legacy of more than 100 years of research, documentation, and collections about the biodiversity of Canada's North.

Contact Information:

Media contacts/RSVP:
Dan Smythe
Media Relations, Canadian Museum of Nature
613-566-4781; cell: 613-698-9253

Laura Sutin
Media Relations, Canadian Museum of Nature
cell: 613-698-7142