Bird and Mammal Galleries
The Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa undertook a major renovation of its historic building from 2004 to 2010. This resulted in new galleries and exhibition spaces within the significant heritage landmark. Origin Studios designed and developed exhibits for the Birds of Canada and Mammals of Canada galleries, two of the museum’s signature spaces that were in need of significant updating. We were part of a collaborative effort, working to incorporate refurbished specimens and dioramas into updated environments, with new graphics and content. Our role involved the main display area of the Birds gallery, as well as children’s areas and interactives for both the Bird and Mammal galleries. The scope also included illustration and computer animation work.
Though traditional in its approach to specimen presentation, there is nothing musty or predictable about the Bird Gallery design. Where one might expect a cluttered, wooden science hall, we steered our design in the opposite direction. Open, airy and spacious, our avian exhibit provides plenty of room for the specimens to soar. The gallery is bright and white, providing a perfect backdrop for the stunning birds and their brilliant plumage. Clean-lined, custom-built casework unobtrusively houses the extensive collection, while contributing to the overall effect of contemporary elegance.
Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, ON, 2006
Exhibit Space: 6,000 sq. ft.