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About the museum


Entrée vous accueille

 At first sight

Une vocation en laboratoire

 Ideas for tomorrow

Scorpion des mers disparues

Sea scorpion, the biggest arthropod to this day
Eurypterus remipes
Silurian - 419 millions years ago
New York (USA) - Donated by Pierre Gonin

Welcome to the Fossilarium museum. Our first and foremost vocation is to bring a rich fossils collection to value through the science of paleontology*.

Our interpretation centre is housed in a specifically purposed building since 1997 for this vocation. It was built section by section in the plant of Yvon Champoux inc. in Notre-Dame-du-Nord, thanks to the generous contribution from the community with the municipality of Notre-Dame-du-Nord and the Truck Rodeo festival being our biggest donors. A geologist specialized in paleontology as headed the museum since its start as the director and is assisted by other experienced business woman and a dutiful committee.


A heritage and tourist mission


The Fossilarium believes it is essential to bring our impressive regional fossil heritage to light by showcasing a valuable regional collection alongside worldwide specimens. We aim to promote scientific based environment that will drive the development of a wealth of scientific vocations amongst the youth by presenting the collection dynamically. We also aim to improve the economy in our area by maintaining a touristic attraction of good repute adapted to a wide audience.


A fossil gathering


Our guides have been animating with care for the tourists our world history of animals and plants of worlds forgotten, explaining the succession of ancient times living beings, few of which are widely known and even fewer are present today.   

Our collection includes videos build expressively for us at the Fossilarium to show you the secrets of fossilization and conservation of regional and worldwide fossils heritage. The videos will show you the aspect and anatomy of the main fossils found in Témiscamingue. And our worldwide collection will hint you to the long road that took unicellular primitive life to become all of what we know today, including the first humans.

* Paleontology is a science that studies life and their traces through time up until the Holocene Epoch. It covers a greater period than archaeology which studies humans and their traces through time.






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