On the fossil trail:
Over 1000 fossils to discover!
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Main Exhibitions

Un fossile de retour à la vie





Simple il y a une astuce



Nautile modèle d'animation

Chambres bombées et siphon apparent
Endoceras sp
Témiscamingue (Québec) - Collection Société d'histoire du 

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Fossilarium presents:




See Life in the Stone Bed








The world of fossils introduced by our main exhibition.




You will see how fossils come to be step by step, from when it lived, to its death, and how we came to keep some of its parts and traces of daily life. An exclusive video will show it in motion.

For it to be preserved, the animal or plant need to be buried in places such as water: swamps, rivers, seas, where sand and mud will deposit in layers. Pile of sediment can protect fossils from wear caused by the weather.


The regional collection


Our geologist Andrée Nault has researched and collected fossils in the Témiscamingue area since 1988. At the beginning, it was the society Histoire du Témiscamingue that made the first exhibition during the summer of 1988. This starting collection, generously lent by the society, as been shown to public again in 1997 at our museum and has been shown since then. Since then, the collection has grown, and many specimens of regional fossils were added from findings during our fossil safaris where our visitors and guides regularly make new findings and from donations.

During your visit with us, you'll have a chance to see videos depicting five of the most commonly found fossils were created in exclusivity for the Fossilarium. There are also drawers and pull will allow you to test your newly acquired knowledge with games or to acquire some more.

Fossils to touch and see awaits you during the exploration of our exbhition specimen.


"Rift History" geology


Témiscamingue's first geological formation goes back to the continent's origin 2.6~2.8 billion years ago. Our geology includes:

Under water volcanic rocks;
460 ~ 420 million years old fossil bearing limestone, which is relatively young relative to the events that brought together the North American continent;
A fault system taking a staircase form called RIFT played a major role in the safe keeping of those layers by protecting them from the erosion caused by glacier

The geology of Témiscamingue played a key role in the preservation of our fossils. Come and learn through an animation that will make you see in accelerated the first volcanic island (2,6-2,8 billion years) to the sands and gravel that has built the mountains and cliffs in Témiscamingue. With time, fossil rocks and then faults (Rift) appeared that preserve our fossils and dug the big lake Timiskaming 270 meters deep.


Life's evolution


A long path as brought living beings of the original sea with unicellular organisms 2.6 billion years old to the first strangely formed pluricellular organisms, most of which disappeared, then to fishes and finally to land vertebrate including man kind. We have fossils of each of these transitional phases, including foot prints and an egg of a dinosaur.


Digital microscope laboratory


A digital microscope linked to a screen will enlarge the fossils for the children to see. Have you child try it on his own and show a group of people the details of the fossils while the child develops a keener sense of observation.


We have guided tours


We recommend to tour the exhibition with a guide that will animate for you the visit. Self visits are also welcomed, and can easily be done with the explanatory panels, illustrations and videos. Follow our link Visits & excursions - Guided tours for more information.




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