Installation Begins!

Empty Exhibit Space

Empty Exhibit Space

The installation of the permanent water exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Nature has begun! At this point the exhibit space is pretty bare bones, with only the floor installed and most of the supports put in place for the big components to come. The outline on the floor that looks vaguely like a big fish is where the 65 foot blue whale will eventually be displayed and the other steel supports show where the weather theatre and the kids play area (a big ship!) will go.

The exhibit will display a few aquariums with a variety of specimens, but the biggest one which contains freshwater fish has already started to be installed!  It holds 1000 gallons of water, or 10,000 pounds, and since it is the biggest of the aquariums going in, it requires special reinforcements to handle all the weight.  There are steel beams set up underneath the aquarium to carry the load (which will be hidden from sight once construction is complete) as well as a plumbing system to help with maintenance.

Fresh Water Aquarium

Fresh Water Aquarium

One of the challenges the exhibit team faces when installing an exhibit in a construction zone is keeping things clean!  Dust and dirt are flying around constantly which could potentially harm some of the specimens and present some unexpected difficulties.  At this stage, the fresh water aquarium looks a bit murky, in part because it is in the early stages of installation, but also because of the dust in the area.  The exhibit team will have to be careful to maintain the aquarium throughout the installation of the rest of the gallery in order to prevent damage and ensure the conservation of the specimens.  This is just one of the issues with constructing an exhibit and moving things in simultaneously.  Stay tuned for more progress!


About Kate Beresford

As a Guest Services Host at the Museum of Nature since 2006, I get to see the visitor’s reactions to the museum first hand and speak with them about their experiences here; what they like and what they don’t! No two days are ever the same! My background is in Art and Culture and I’ve had the opportunity to work in a few different museums and galleries across Canada and in the UK, which has only increased my interest in and love for museums. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share some behind the scenes information with you all!
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