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Past exhibition

Curiosities of the Natural World

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The skeleton of a sabre-toothed tiger, a handwritten page from Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, a mummified cat: these curious treasures are all part of the prestigious collections of London’s Natural History Museum. These natural science marvels tell of the adventures of some captivating, curiosity-driven characters.

The exhibition follows the epic stories and discoveries of British explorers in the 18th and 19th centuries. Each object was carefully selected for its key historical significance and reflects progress in the natural sciences.

These treasures are joined by curiosities discovered by Canadian explorers and scientists, such as a beluga skeleton, unique minerals not found anywhere else and fish fossils dating back millions of years.

Through an exploration of the past, visitors are also encouraged to think about extinct species and protecting the environment.

This exhibition was designed and produced by the Natural History Museum in London and adapted by the Musée de la civilisation.

With the financial support of the Government of Quebec and the la Ville de Québec, within the framework of the Cultural Development Agreement. Presented with the participation of Radio-Canada and the collaboration of the Office du tourisme de Québec and the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, officiel hotel, and the newspaper Le Soleil.

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