The Museum of Natural Sciences showcases the history of Earth and the evolution of life on it through exhibits and displays that include dinosaur skeleton replicas, fossils, live animals and plants, rocks, and minerals.
The Museum of Natural Sciences sits on Treaty 6 territory, the traditional lands of the nēhiyawak, Anihšināpē, Dënësųłinë́, Nakoda, Dakota, and Lakota, and the Homeland of the Métis. We acknowledge, respect, and honour the deep relationship that they have with the natural world, and we are grateful for the opportunity to share in the beauty and nurturance that the land, water, and sky offer. We open ourselves to this place and all that it chooses to share with us.
In addition, we acknowledge that Indigenous Peoples have been and continue to be impacted by colonization in many ways, including in scientific research. We strive to build good relationships with the land and people of this place, and we have a responsibility to decolonize its practices and approaches through learning, teaching, and gathering knowledge with Indigenous Peoples as we all journey towards (re)conciliation.
The Oasis of Life
Travel on a journey through time in the central area of the museum to learn about how our planet and life on it have been changing and evolving over billions of years, and connect that to the geology, paleontology, biology, and ecology of the land we are on. The skeleton replicas and live plants and animals you will see are part of this rich story of evolution and the diversity of life on Earth.
Minerals and Rocks
Explore the museum’s first floor hallway to learn all about the building blocks of the Earth, including types of rocks and minerals and how they’re formed, meteorites, volcanoes, and the geological resources of Saskatchewan. You can also see many beautiful and unique minerals collected from all over the world.
History of Life on Earth
Visit the hallway on the museum’s second floor to learn about the oldest rocks and fossils, continental drift and plate tectonics, climate changes, mass extinctions, and the evolution of life. You’ll see many fossils and fossil replicas spanning billions of years of time from many different animals and plants.
Look around at the walls of the museum and you will see lots of Tyndall Stone, a dolomitic limestone quarried near Winnipeg, Manitoba. It is made of calcareous sediment from the bottom of a sea that covered much of North America around 450 million years ago. You can see fossils of invertebrate animals like snails, sponges, corals, and nautiloids. The mottled pattern is due to fossilized burrows probably made by ancient worms or shrimp.