Redpath Museum

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This skeleton is the highlight of Redpath.

Looking for something to do in this cold winter weather? How about going to McGill University’s Redpath Museum in Montreal, Canada.  With three floors, including the entrance hall, the mineralology floor, and the world cultures floor, this is the ideal spot for an interesting trip!

Redpath Museum officially opened in August 1882. It was McGill University’s first museum. All of the original exhibits came from Sir John William Dawson, a Canadian scientist, educator, and geologist.

One of my favorite exhibits was the Gorgosaurus Libratus. (And yes, it’s a real dinosaur.) This exhibit has been at Redpath for about 20 years. It is actually a cast of the real bones. Also, this particular dinosaur, along with many other of its kind, were once thought to be Albertasauruses. Once proven wrong, the label of this exhibit was quickly (and recently) changed. This exhibit can be found on the second floor. (The Mineralology Floor.)

The Gorgosaurus’s family is tyrannosauridae, and its group is theropoda. It lived in the late cretaceous, about 74 million years ago. Its adult size is 26 ft. high, and weighs 1 ton. It lived in Western North America. Its name means fierce lizard.

Gorgosaurus had orange-sized eyes and dagger-like teeth, serrated like steak knives. It had a lightweight but large skull. Its forearms and fingers were thick and strong, to lift and grasp prey. It had a light, muscular, compact body, and was a fast runner. It also had a stiff tail for balance. It lived from the Rocky Mountains to Alberta, Canada. Since 1910, more than 500 successful digs have been found there.

So whether you like marine life, dinosaurs, natural history, or rocks and minerals, be sure you’ll have a blast at McGill University’s Redpath Museum.