Rocks and Stuff

When you think of Ottawa, what comes to mind? The Parliament Buildings, Stephen Harper, Ottawa Sentators, the Canal and Beavertails. But, have you ever been to the Museum of Nature? It is right in the Nation’s Capital too! It is a beautiful building from the inside and out. From what I was told, it was Canada’s first “purposeful-built museum”, whatever that means.  The woman haggling me while I was waiting in line to buy my entrance ticket told me that.  The museum’s architecture is stunning.  It underwent renovations last year and it looks even better. I love the floor to ceiling windows that are along the front, and the intricate detailing along the edges of the building are some noteable things to keep in mind.

One of Ottawa's Hidden Gems
One of Ottawa’s Hidden Gems

Funny though, I lived across the street from the museum for over a year and never went. Now that I live on the other side of town, I have been a couple of times.  Most of the exhibits don’t change too much. But the advertising and the front entrance focal points do.

Look up, way up! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it a freaking jellyfish! And it changes color at night to boot. Prior to this jellyfish, there was a whale,  if I recall, hanging suspended from the ceiling.

You might have to look a little closer to make out that this is suppose to be a jellyfish. It kind of looks like an onion to me.
You might have to look a little closer to make out that this is suppose to be a jellyfish. It kind of looks like an onion to me.

Now, I am no professional photographer, but I did have some fun taking some random shots throughout the rest of the building, and learned a few valuable pieces of information along the way.

Just in case you didn't know, know you do :).
Just in case you didn’t know, know you do :).
It's like Where's Waldo, but instead, where are the little animals?
It’s like Where’s Waldo, but instead, where are the little animals?
Its not just humans that play by these rules...
Its not just humans that play by these rules…

 

It felt like I was walking into the set of Jurassic Park.
It felt like I was walking into the set of Jurassic Park.

 

 

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3 comments

  1. Nice shot of the stained glass 😉
    Onion eh….interesting.
    Will be going there this Friday for the next Nature Nocturne. Theme is “Big in Japan”.

    1. Oh how was it? I need to go to one of those events. It would be like that movie, where the kids spend the night in a haunted museum!

  2. They basically turned the museum into a club. One area for dancing and drinks can be bought on each floor but you can’t go into the exhibits with alcohol. The Japan theme was pretty disappointing as there wasn’t much representation. They had an area where people can do origami, a bit of free sushi (though you can buy some too along with Asian inspired cocktails) flower arrangement and cosplay. It was nice to check out, having not been to the musuem in ages. There’s another one this month but not sure what the theme is.

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