Musée Redpath

The Redpath Museum, on the McGill University campus, is a natural history potpourri, a wunderkammer writ large.Exhibits on zoology, mineralogy, paleontology, and, um, ethnology, fill the place, which is the oldest building built as a museum in Canada. It was completed 1882, and has a very Victorian feel (but lacks the requisite dust and must).La defense du Narval, and some other, defenseless, specimens.A slice of Douglas Fir with a diameter of about six feet.It was 300+ years old when it was cut down. Except for the fossils, minerals, and the world cultures material, of course, an awful lot of killing filled up collections like these.Yes, a deeply ambivalent fascination.

3 Responses to “Musée Redpath”


  1. 1 Deenie December 1, 2011 at 8:47 am

    One of my favorite evolution courses was taught there… Perfect setting.

    • 2 mthew December 1, 2011 at 8:55 am

      Yes, the evolution exhibit is excellent (although I didn’t get any noteworthy pictures of it, except for one of the Burgess Shale critters). Sadly, down here in the U.S. such things would be wildly controversial: the fantastic Darwin exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History couldn’t get a corporate sponsor.


  1. 1 Museum of Extinct Birds « Backyard and Beyond Trackback on December 16, 2011 at 8:39 am

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