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At the start of the 1990s, a team of women and men worked hard to bring a science museum to the Témiscamingue region; they were driven by a passion for developing the region's tourism. In 1997, their dream came true, and the Fossilarium opened its doors to the public!

Our mission

The Fossilarium's mission is to gather, preserve, enhance, and share this beautiful regional heritage, connected to fossils from all around the world. With the help of an interactive presentation, it aims to develop a scientific culture for everybody, inspiring the next generation of curious minds.

The collections

The Société d'histoire du Témiscamingue's collection consists of 99 regional specimens, gastropods, corals, sponges, brachiopods, ostracodes, crinoids and nautiloids. It was catalogued in 1996. Donors: Jacques Larouche, Ernest Paquin, Eugène Lalande, Sylvain Côté, École Ste-Marie, Andrée Nault.
Donors: Jacques Larouche, Ernest Paquin, Eugène Lalande, Sylvain Côté, École Ste-Marie, Andrée Nault.
The Fossilarium's regional collection includes almost 600 specimens, 73 of which are in the exhibit, catalogued between 1996 and 2020. Most were found during the Fossilarium's off-site experiences.
Donors: Andrée Nault, Anika McAlpine, Jonathan Leblanc, Paul Copper, Sudbury Laurentian University, Marie-Josée Buisson, Claudia Godmaire, Jacques Larouche, Isabelle Richard, Guy Simard, Dale Young, Philippe Marchand-Drolet, Gilles Lacroix, Léo Hébert, Jade Ghoul-Duclos, Marc Moisan, Audrey Limoges, Denis Bergeron, Marcel Beaudoin, Cynthia Beaudoin, Andréanne Lavigne, Audrey Limoges, Yvon Lemens, Sophie Pinard, Mickael Côté-Leduc, Samuel Godmaire, Denis Carrier, Anne Dreyer, Maeve Weatherill, Michaël Boissonneault, Jean-Pierre Sylvestre, Louis Bourcier, Julie Bernèche, École des Mines d’Haileybury, Kyra Groulx, Amélie Voynaud, Jessica Scrive
The global Fossilarium collection primarily consists of marine invertebrates, insects, plants, and some vertebrates dating back to all geological periods from the Cambrian period to the last ice age. Aquired through donations made between 2002 and 2013, they to show the evolution of life on Earth
Donors: Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Daniel Chabot, Jacques Chabot, École Polytechnique de Montréal, ville de Gatineau, Guy Girardeau, Pierre Gonin

To learn more
About Fossils

Download this pdf to learn more about the different fossil species in the témiscamingue region
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