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 14 million specimen collection, education programs, signature and travelling exhibitions, and a dynamic web site, nature.ca. 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.The Arctic’s rich natural diversity and its important connections to humans are the focus of a new permanent gallery to open June 21, 2017 at the Canadian Museum of Nature, Canada’s national museum of natural history and natural sciences. The project is the museum’s key contribution to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.
The museum unveiled the gallery’s plans at an event where it also announced a significant $1.5 million sponsorship from Canada Goose, to name the Canada Goose Arctic Gallery for 10 years. The 8,000 sq. ft. gallery will reside on the top floor of the museum’s national historic site in downtown Ottawa.”The goal of this gallery is to enhance and transform people’s understanding of the Arctic and its importance to Canada in the 21st century,” says Meg Beckel, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of Nature. “We are extremely grateful to Canada Goose for supporting our mission to create this contemporary space that will expose Canadians and visitors from abroad to this unique and important part of our country.”
Canada’s Arctic represents about 40% of the country’s land mass, and is home to more than 100,000 people and a surprising diversity of aquatic and land-based organisms. The Canada Goose Arctic Gallery will immerse visitors in a region that many will never visit in person. Visitors will explore the Arctic’s natural landscapes and its plants and animals, hear the voices of the people that live there and reflect about the impacts of change.”In making jackets that are designed to perform in the harshest climates on earth, we are constantly inspired by the Arctic-it’s infused in everything we do. We believe we have a responsibility to support the northern communities of Canada, and also to celebrate their skills, their land, and their people. This gallery is a continuation of our multi-million dollar commitment to the north, which started more than ten years ago. We’re honoured to be a part of this important endeavour that will bring the Arctic to life for the rest of the world,” says Dani Reiss, President and CEO, Canada Goose.