Fossil dig - 24 hours of science at La Prairie

Saturday May 9th 2015, the MPE will organize a fossil dig at La Prairie. This field trip activity, is part of the annual event: "24 hours of science," and serves as an introduction to paleontology. It will allow the visitor to discover and better appreciate the rich fossil heritage of Québec. Leaders of the activity give a brief description of the site, of the rocks exposed and of the fossils that can be found there. The basics of field research are explained and the fossils collected by the participants will be identified.


Fundraiser ”An expanding laboratory”

General objective of the fund raiser
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  • expand the laboratory to fill a lack of space for storage
  • install a temperature and humidity control system
  • install a high density mobile shelving system
Costs and financing of the project

  • total budget of 22 000 $. Costs: $6,000 for enlarging the laboratory, $3,000 for a temperature and humidity control system, and $13,000 for a high density mobile shelving system
  • financing of the project will come from members and friends of the Museum

To learn more about our fundraising campaign entitled “A quickly evolving Museum,” please read our fundraiser summary. The thermometer at right shows the state of the campaign as of April 13th, 2015.

We invite you to contribute. Remember that the MPE is a charitable organization recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency (No. 890282445RR0001) and Revenu Québec and can issue receipts for income tax purposes.

« Je vois Mtl » / “ I see Montreal ”

« Je vois Mtl » is an initiative involving most of the economic, socio-cultural and political players in the greater Montreal area, to give a new momentum to the city of Montreal. In this context, we strongly believe that the upcoming opening of MPE would be a major contribution to the development of our city, our province and our country as well. Take the time to vote for our project, click on the link on the "Je vois Mtl" web site. Give us a chance to have, once and for all, a museum of paleontology in Montreal !!!
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THANK YOU for your votes! We’ve reached the top 10 projects
proposed in the "Identity and aspiration" section.

Joint annual meeting of the Canadian Society of Vertebrate Palaeontology and the Palaeontology Division of the Geological Association of Canada — August 28-31 2014

You are invited to participate to this conference, taking place on August 28-31 2014, hosted at the Redpath Museum, McGill University and organized by the Redpath Museum at McGill University, the Biology dept. of the University of Montréal and the Musée de paléontologie et de l’évolution.

There will be an Ice Breaker held from 18:00 – 22:00 on Thursday, September 28 at the MPE - Musée de Paléontologie et de l’Évolution. A banquet will be held on Saturday, August 30 at the McGill University Faculty Club. Cocktail hour starts at 18:00 and dinner served at 19:00. Two field trips will be offered. A short morning field trip will be lead by up Mont Royal to examine the geology and palaeontology of the region located within Montreal. A full day field trip will explore Upper Ordovician outcrops in Rivière-des-Hurons and the La Prairie brickyard, an finally the most recent MPE exhibition “Québec : a sea of fossils”, in Beauharnois. Follow this
link for registrations and more information on the event.

Exhibition "Québec: a sea of fossils"

The MPE is proud to announce the opening of the exhibition “Québec: a sea of fossils", June 6, 2014, at the
Musée québécois d'Archéologie Pointe-du-Buisson, located in Beauharnois (QC). This exhibition will allow you to travel back in time, about 450 million years ago. You will be able to see a marine and tropical version of Québec, where strange animals, belonging to the early stages of the life, lived. You will also see the geological history of the rock formations found in and around the St. Lawrence valley.BANNIERE-WEB-ENG-FINALE

Symposium: “Does paleontology still exist?"
82nd Congress of ACFAS, Concordia University (Montréal)


For two days we gathered experts in fields as diverse as micropaleontology, stratigraphy, paleontology, invertebrate and vertebrate, paleoenvironment, the origins of life and the human evolutionary biology and paleontology. These experts, many of them scattered across Québec, meet rarely on a provincial scale, and we encouraged them to realize that they form a whole, and therefore we also invited the public to realize that too. This two day symposium, took place on May 12 and 13, 2014.

A free public lecture was given by Dr. Richard Cloutier: "In Search of our distant origins ... 380 million years ago: the fish-tetrapod transition." Monday, May 12, 2014, at 17:00.
See the program.