Nature nocturne: a night at the museum!

Published on April 11 2018

The beat is solid. The crowd, elegant and festive, is swaying happily. Green glowsticks flicker in time to the music, and shifting multicoloured lights sweep across a sea of arms raised in the air, revealing a huge dinosaur walking among the crowd.

Say what? Yes, you read correctly: a huge dinosaur is strolling around, staring at people before continuing on his (her?) way. I’m not in just any club: I’m at the Canadian Museum of Nature, and tonight is Nature Nocturne!

Exciting atmosphere at the Museum!

This isn’t the first Nature Nocturne I’ve attended, and each one has been equally exciting. One Friday a month, the Museum hosts a gigantic themed event. The theme for March was “Dig your Inner Dino,” hence the huge dinosaur mentioned above! Here’s how the evening went.

When we arrive, we go through a security check before stepping into a gigantic, four-storey private club!

Near the coat check, the air is filled with the mouth-watering aroma of the pizza and poutine the Museum’s Nature Café / caterer has laid on for the evening. We’ll be back! PRO TIP: Take a photo of your coat check claim ticket; that way you’ll be able to retrieve your coat even if you lose the ticket.

The theme being dinosaurs, we make our way first to the Fossil Gallery. This turns out to be a good thing, because according to the program we were given at the entrance, we have to collect four stamps, which we get by participating in activities in each of the galleries. Here, we dig a real fossil out of a rock, like real paleontologists!

So long, dinosaurs... you will be missed!

At the entrance of the Mammal Gallery, we roll a giant die to play a game to find out if we would have survived the extinction of the dinosaurs. In the Water Gallery, we pat a live starfish floating serenely in its bowl. In the Nature Live gallery (with lots of insects and bugs), we use modelling clay to make a cast of a velociraptor claw (more commonly called “raptor” in Latin—remember those nasty little guys in Jurassic Park?) I have all my stamps! Apparently there was a cartoonist drawing people with dinosaurs, but I missed him!

The ugly one is mine!

Between two gallery visits we take a short dance break on the mezzanine, near the Queens’ Lantern (the glass tower containing a model of a gigantic jellyfish). A DJ from Jump FM has the crowd going, and although there are dance floors in other locations in the Museum, this is where we stop to dance most often, with a spectacular view of the big jellyfish and its changing colours.

Dance floor on FIIIIRE!!!

Food, drinks and dance floors

The Museum has truly thought of everything for an enjoyable evening: bars serving Beau’s beers and an assortment of drinks and wine, a snack bar (the pizza is reeeaally good), dance floors with DJs at different spots in the museum, access to the exhibits, and a giant screen on the main staircase showing pictures of the guests who’ve posted on social media with the hashtag #naturnenocturne.

Nature Nocturne is a great way to rediscover a place that probably impressed you as a child. One evening a month, the museum turns into a gigantic club where the decor changes with each gallery, and where people dress up and have fun!

There are four Nature Nocturnes left in 2018. Get your friends together, buy your tickets, and experience the Canadian Museum of Nature in a whole new way! There’s even a package for three Nature Nocturnes that’ll save you money!

Happy discovery but mostly, have a great time!

Nature Nocturne: Harmony

Harmonize with nature. Rediscover the power of sound, from whale songs to karaoke.

Where

Canadian Museum of Nature, 240 McLeod Street, Ottawa

When

April 27, 8pm to midnight

Cost

$25

Good to know

Must be 19 or over

Buy your tickets!

Nature Nocturne: Body and Mind

What makes you really YOU? Explore the intricate connections between our brains and our bodies through our new special exhibition, The Brain. Experience a dazzling, multimedia environment controlled by your brainwaves.

Where

Canadian Museum of Nature, 240 McLeod Street, Ottawa

When

May 25, 8pm to midnight

Cost

$25

Good to know

Must be 19 or over

Buy your tickets!

Nature Nocturne: #Canada151

Whoa Canada! Celebrate with the moose, the beaver and all things Canuck. Indulge in some iconic Canadian food and drink. Cheers to the true north strong and free.

Where

Canadian Museum of Nature, 240 McLeod Street, Ottawa

When

June 29, 8pm to midnight

Cost

$25

Good to know

Must be 19 or over

Buy your tickets!

Nature Nocturne: Bursting with Pride

Heat up the summer and celebrate diversity as Nocturne bursts out in colour and light. Because diversity is only natural!

Where

Canadian Museum of Nature, 240 McLeod Street, Ottawa

When

August 24

Cost

$25

Good to know

Must be 19 or over

Buy your tickets!
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