Canadian Museum of Nature

Acronym: CMN


The Canadian Museum of Nature is home to one of the world’s largest and finest natural history collections. Comprised of 26 major science collections of more than 14.6 million specimens.


  1. Canadian Museum of Nature Amphibian and Reptile Collection The Amphibian and Reptile Collection contains more than 251 470 specimens in 37 925 lots, most of which are fluid-preserved, with some skeletons, skins and mounted specimens. It also boasts a very good collection of dried frog skins mounted on sheets of paper, like plants; they offer a very good source of tissue for DNA extraction...
  2. Canadian Museum of Nature Annelid Collection The Canadian Museum of Nature's Annelid Collection provides a good representation of marine polychaetes, freshwater leeches and oligochaetes, with more than 65,000 lots, mostly from Canada, including the Arctic regions. This included the John W. Reynolds' Earthworm Collection.
  3. Canadian Museum of Nature Bird Collection The Canadian Museum of Nature's extensive Bird Collection is comprised of study skins, mounted specimens, skeletons, nests, eggs, and some fluid-preserved specimens. In all, there are approximately 125,000 specimens representing ca. 2,600 species (one quarter of the world's species)...
  4. Canadian Museum of Nature Crustacea Collection Dating back to the 1800s, the Canadian Museum of Nature's Crustacea Collection contains specimens associated with the exploration and development of Canada. Gammaridea, Caprellidea, Isopoda, Hyperiidea, and Mysidacea are the major groups found in the collection, which totals ca. 176,000 lots...
  5. Canadian Museum of Nature Fish Collection The Fish Collection contains more than 754 190 specimens in 63 655 lots of fluid-preserved specimens. We have about 1740 type specimens that are mainly paratypes. We have a good representation of freshwater and marine species, predominately from North American high latitudes. The museum holds the best Canadian Arctic and lamprey collection in the world.
  6. Canadian Museum of Nature Fossil Invertebrate Collection A small collection of invertebrates primarily used for exhibition.
  7. Canadian Museum of Nature Fossil Vertebrate Collection The Vertebrate Fossil Collection contains more than 61 620 specimens, and includes a broad range of fauna from the Devonian to the Pleistocene. The following are well represented in the collection: Cretaceous dinosaurs; Palaeogene mammals; Cretaceous and Devonian fishes. Of particular note are our dinosaurs from the late Cretaceous from western Canada, especially hadrosaurs and ceratopsians...
  8. Canadian Museum of Nature General Invertebrate Collection The Canadian Museum of Nature's General Invertebrate collection contains groups such as the cnidarians, various free-living helminths and non-segmented worms, and the echinoderms. Most of the museum's 47,000 lots of general invertebrates are from Canadian aquatic and terrestrial habitats, including the Canadian Arctic.
  9. Canadian Museum of Nature Herbarium Records from the Canadian Museum of Nature Herbarium (The National Herbarium of Canada), including algae (CANA), bryophytes (CANM), lichens (CANL) and vascular plants (CAN).
  10. Canadian Museum of Nature Insect Collection The Canadian Museum of Nature's Insect Collection houses more than one million specimens, most being beetles. Scarabaeidae and Curculioniodea are particularly well-represented. Geographic areas of representation include North, Central and South America, Australia, and South Africa.
  11. Canadian Museum of Nature Mammal Collection The Canadian Museum of Nature's Mammal Collection contains ca. 85,000 study skins, pelts, mounts, and skeletons, representing approximately 600 species. The museum holds the most comprehensive collection of Canadian mammals, with extensive coverage of Arctic regions. Carnivores, ungulates, rodents, and marine mammals are well-represented...
  12. Canadian Museum of Nature Mollusc Collection The Canadian Museum of Nature's Mollusc Collection is the largest, most comprehensive collection of molluscs in Canada. The museum's 165,000 lots are divided into two sections: dry shell collection and wet collection. Overall, the collection represents more than 350 families, collected in over 12 countries and numerous oceans.
  13. Canadian Museum of Nature Palaeobotany Collection The Fossil Plant Collection is a small but important representation of Canadian flora, particularly from the Cretaceous and Palaeogene (during what was formerly known as the Tertiary).
  14. Canadian Museum of Nature Palynology Collection The Fossil Pollen Collection consists of 72 070 fossil pollen and spore specimens and modern reference specimens in about 14 570 lots. It is one of the few palynology collections in Canada.
  15. Canadian Museum of Nature Parasite Collection The Canadian Museum of Nature's Parasite Collection, which holds approximately 50,000 lots, contains large numbers of specimens from the Canadian Wildlife Service, Institute of Parasitology (McGill University) and the former Arctic Biological Station (Fisheries and Oceans Canada).
  16. Natural history museum data on Canadian Arctic marine benthos Complete database of Canadian Arctic marine benthic taxa from the Canadian Museum of Nature (Canada) and National Museum of Natural History – Smithsonian Institution(USA). This database is related to the publication "Roy V., Gagnon J.-M. (2016) Natural history museum data on Canadian Arctic marine benthos. Marine Biodiversity. doi: 10.1007/s12526-016-0610-2"...

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