Rock the Museum!

Looking for a fun night out? The Canadian Museum of Nature is rocking the castle again at Nature Nocturne Friday, March 22. Talk about a spring celebration! This combination of dance party, late-night galleries and art installations has been a huge, Friday-night hit, attracting great crowds to date.

Guests can roam through galleries or cut loose on the two dance floors, which are all open until midnight. Dj Tdot will play a variety of hit music in the Queens’ Lantern. Various DJs—Adam Saikaley, Jas Nasty, Greg Reain and VJ Ina—will play eclectic music in the fourth floor east wing throughout the night.

A special aspect of the Nocturne nights is the artistic interaction. Visitors can explore “soft rock” in an installation of 70 fibre art rocks created by local artists and coordinated by Wabi Sabi. The 70 rocks were knitted, woven or made from other materials, such as felt.

A QR code installation by local artist Cameron McKnight-MacNeil will offer a unique snippet of the human genome. Smartphone owners can scan the QR code to glimpse the complexity of life.

In a “piloting lab,” guests can preview some new programming ideas for upcoming exhibitions by playing with some prototypes.

The crafting area will offer the perfect opportunity to sit down, relax and work on a fun, easy bug creation. The craft workshop proved to be quite popular at the February Nature Nocturne.

Once again, the main wall above the stairs in the museum’s atrium will be a huge Twitter/photo screen. Photos tweeted with the hashtag #NatureNocturne will be projected onto the wall, providing an extra element of interactivity throughout the night.

Cash bars will be available on four levels of the museum. Specialty snack foods will be sold at various locations and there will be a staffed coat check.

Tickets are $20 each (tax is included but food and beverages are sold separately).  It is highly recommended that people purchase their tickets in advance, either online at or at the door.

The next Nature Nocturne will take place on Friday, April 26.

The Canadian Museum of Nature is at 240 McLeod St, Ottawa. Follow the museum on Twitter (@museumofnature) or like the museum on Facebook.

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