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Events Calendar

Traveling exhebitions

 If you're looking to exhibit something new on your site, our museum offers travelling exhibitions for rent.

*These exhibitions are not presented in our galleries at this time.
** The shown size are for the main panels, which are French. Accompanying 12 panels (8.5" x 14") offer English texts.

 

 1- Earth shaking

Exhibition on local earthquake and everywhere in the world. Visitors are initiate to the vibration world of earthquakes through different experiences. Questions that arise from this phenomenon will find answers in this exhibition: Mama mia, was that an earthquake? Why do earthquakes occur? What happens when a earthquake is unleashed? When and where has it happened and is it likely to happen again?

During your visit, we'd like to hear from you your personal experiences. We will also show some historically significant ones and how they've been seen through the centuries, such as how they nurtured some myths and legends. The San Andreas fault is presented. Come and learn about its long history of earthquakes that can be seen in it and it's related stories. The San Andreas fault is presented to visitors in the light of its impact on the local people.  Of course, you'll also learn about what makes earthquake occur: inter plate collisions, volcanic activities, isostatic rebounds, and meteorite impacts. Some down-to-earth experimentation will allow you to better understand these natural occurring phenomenons.

This exhibition takes a deep look at the Richter scale to bridge the type of damages seen in earthquakes to its scale: tsunamis, landslides, building damage, and casualties. To help you cope with earthquakes, we have a section on natural (animals) and scientific prediction means and what to do when it happens. We'll even simulate it together.

It also has 17 big laminated wall panels filled with texts and illustrations put together by a graphic designer. We can find: 3 seismic maps of the world. Canada, and California, some laminated pictures as well as details on 4 activities that can be done together. A master notebook comes with the exhibitions for further details.

 

2- Soft water fish

We have fishes from Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Each described species has details on their size, their record, their reproduction, their diet, and their habitat and a good color illustration from the ministry.

Panels:

  1. Fishes and amphibians evolution. 24" X 32" panels, realized by a graphic designer and laminated on wood.
  2. Fish morphology: feel; see, hear; breath, move, age measure with otoliths. Material : otoliths, and one guessing game on how old is an otoliths with examples and enlarge pictures of specimen on 8.5" X 11" laminated paper sheets. Unreal fish composed of a great many characteristics that can be fix on a panel to guess their names.
  3. The too precious and the unloved: Brown bullhead,Burbot or bubbot (a.k.a. mariah, the lawyer),Lake sturgeon Material : sturgeon caviar jar, vacuum packed smoked sturgeon
  4. Fish with lips: Common carps (the only true ones in Canada), What we call carps are actually Suckers and Redhorses.Common carps are native from Asia and have been introduced to Canada by Europeans. White Sucker, Longnose Sucker, Silver Redhorse, Shorthead Redhorse
  5. The fighters: Smallmouth Bass, Freshwater Drum, Northern Pike
  6. Cold water beauties: Salmonine : salmons, trouts and charr, description Brook Trout (Brook Charr), Lake Trout (Lake Charr)
  7. Cold water beauties (2): Brown Trout (brought from Europe), Rainbow Trout (brought from the West), Artic Charr
  8. Walleyes and other delicacies (Percidea family): Walleye, Sauger, Yellow Perch
  9. The white or silver fish: Salmonidae family, Lake Whitefish : material : Lake Whitefish caviar jar, Cisco or Lake Herring Hiodontidae family: Goldeye, Mooneye
  10. Fish in all its habitats
  11. A scale showing fish species by water temperatures (16" X 21")
  12. Food chain, from micro organisms to apex predators (29" X 36")
  13. Walleye spawning layout plans to the norm of Québec's ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fish against Climate Change (24" X 32")
  14. Hydro-Québec's fish spawn (29" X 17")

 

3- 200 million years before dinosaurs

Through these exhibition, school groups, women's associations and the public at large are introduced to paleontology and to the scientific method: obervation, notation, discussion, formulation and testing of hypotheses.

The subets presented in the exhibitions allow the observer to discover several notions and answer basic questions regarding fossils, fossilization, rocks, invertebrates anatomy versus human anatomy, geology and sedimentary rocks.

Each unit can be rented separately and presents a specific subject.

Each of the nin windows contains some teaching materials, fossils to be manipulated, texts, puzzles ans experimentation material.

Windows:

  1. The continents: inveterate voyagers. Wood puzzles representing the continents to illustrate continental drift.
  2. An amazing story. Four wooden blacks that can be dismantled to reproduce the main types of rocks found in the region and the way they were moved. It also includes rocks that can be manipulated.
  3. The road to fossils. Fossilization process and sedimentary rocks piling and hardening of the strata. The different kinds of fossils.
  4. The skeleton. A protection and a support. Internal and external skeletans.
  5. Corals: tropical animals. The corals' shelves have adapted to different sea habitats.
  6. Brachiopod: sea bed cleaner. The brachiopod a false oyster. A comparison between brachiopods and bivalves (actuel oysters and mussels).
  7. Nautiloids: octopi sbmarines. The nautiloids can be compared to a submarine. They possess a ballast tank that is 500 million years old.
  8. A step towards makind: the evolution of the systems. The evolution of invertebrates' digestive system compared to the human one. The second part presents the evolution of vertebrates' limbs.
  9. Reproduction: a division story. This unit focuses on the means of reproduction of many fossilized animals up to manking. It also includes puzzles.

 



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