Chill Out at the Museum of Nature


The Artic and cocktails? Absolutely. Chill out at the Museum of Nature tomorrow evening as the Ottawa destination hosts an Arctic evening cocktail event. Not only can your mix and mingle in an incredible downtown setting, this event also features a panel discussion on the role of expeditions in understanding the North, the Canadian premiere of a film from Norway about the Northern Lights, live-kayak building in the Mammal Gallery, and Arctic-themed food.

A close-up view of the Canadian Museum of Nature’s new glass lantern.
Martin Lipman © Canadian Museum of Nature

Panelists include Dr. Richard Steiner, noted American marine conservation scientist and founder of Oasis Earth. He will be joined by moderator Geoff Green, Executive Director of Students on Ice; photographer and adventurer Mike Beedell; author James Raffan; and polar adventurer Eric McNair-Landry. Landry is also leading a special project at the museum until April 26 where he is building three traditional Baffin kayaks. Guests can watch as they are constructed in the museum’s Mammal Gallery. Support for the Arctic evening comes from the United States Embassy and the Royal Norwegian Embassy. Tickets are $30 (plus tax) and include food. They are available at the door.

Visitors to the museum can also catch the last few weeks of the Arctic Voices exhibition, a co-production of the museum and Science North, before it closes May 3. This exhibition explores the colourful biodiversity of the Arctic and has attracted more than 45,000 visitors since it opened Dec. 5.

The museum’s Arctic events wrap up with a special Arctic-themed Nature Nocturne April 24. In addition to touring Arctic Voices, revelers at this soiree can test their voice at throat-singing and enjoy the sounds of Juno-nominated  DJ Risen Ashen.  He’s planning to infuse his set with circumpolar traditional music.

Heritage elements of the Canadian Museum of Nature were carefully restored.
Martin Lipman © Canadian Museum of Nature

From April 22 to 24, the museum will also host a number of schools for workshops about the Arctic. The lineup includes motivational speaker Garrit Wesselink with the Youth Arctic Coalition, a workshop about the differences between polar bears and grizzlies, and a hands-on journey into Arctic biodiversity with the giant Arctic floor map.

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