About the Exhibition
Size: 6,000 square feet (600 square metres)
Number of exhibits: 32
Visit duration: Approx. 1 hour
Interactive exhibits include:
Compare your Weight to Polar Bears
Meet the Arctic Animals
Living in the Arctic
Feed the Chick Game
Walk like a Penguin
Slide like a Penguin
Physical Profiles of the Arctic and Antarctic
Test your Ice Q
Polar, grizzly and black bear skulls and claws
Polar bear claws and hair
Barren-ground caribou antlers
Muskox hair, skull with horns
Inuit bone snow goggles
Woodland caribou antlers
Snow goggles made of bones
Penguin and duck skeletons
Penguin bones and feathers
Explorers Theatre: Various tools, implements and equipment
Multimedia (video loops) include:
Polar Bear Den
Polar Bear Populations
Polar Bear Threats
The Explorers Theatre
Meet the Animals of the Antarctic
About the Arctic
The Arctic has no hard and fast boundary, but its character is easy to define. The North Pole sits in the centre of a large, ice-covered ocean, which in turn is surrounded by barren, frozen land. Despite the harsh conditions, the Arctic is full of life. Animals, plants, and people call the Arctic home.
The name Arctic is derived from ‘arctos’ [arktoz], the Greek word for ‘bear’, referring to the Great Bear and Little Bear constellations that dominate the Northern night sky.
The eight nations with territory in the Arctic are Canada, Russia, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Iceland, and the United States.
The Arctic is our early warning system – an area extremely sensitive to environmental change, whether it be climate change or increased pollution.
About the Antarctic
Antarctica is the coldest, driest, windiest region on Earth. A tiny insect called a ‘midge’ is the continent’s largest land animal. The sea supports virtually all life around Antarctica, including penguins, whales, seals, and seabirds. The continent is 98% covered by ice that reaches well over four kilometers thick. This ice contains about 90% of the Earth’s fresh water.
The name Antarctica means ‘opposite the Arctic’. Long before the discovery of Antarctica, early philosophers and explorers pondered the existence of a great southern continent which they called Terra Australis, or ‘southern land’. Antarctica was first seen by humans in 1820.
Antarctica has no government and there are no formally recognized territorial claims. The continent is protected by the 1959 Antarctic Treaty which set aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve and spells out how nations of the world are to use and care for this unique territory. This remarkable land belongs to all of us.