During the summer of 1992 we inaugurated a new research and interpretation center. The center houses a museum, 2 conference rooms (one for 25 and one for 50 persons), a library, and our offices. As a complement to our field research, a tour through the museum with experienced interpreters offers the public a complete view of our studies of marine mammals in the St. Lawrence. Painted murals and photographs covering the walls and floor of the museum depict the feeding behaviors of baleen and toothed whales as observed by staff researchers in the St. Lawrence.
The life-size model of a female minke whale (29' 1"), created around its skeleton, appears to swim through the museum enabling visitors to experience the full presence of such an animal at close quarters. Half of the minke's skeleton remains visible displaying evolutionary traits of whales. Visitors learn about our research from displayed equipment and a didactic wall describing our studies. At the end of each interpretation a movie is shown, that elaborates on the general ecology of whales in the St. Lawrence and offers a look at team members carrying out field research.
In addition to guiding you through our museum and answering your questions, MICS researchers and naturalists present hour-long talks on marine mammal biology and research several times a week.
Hours and FeesOpening hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Price per person: $10.00
Senior (65+) $ 7.00
Children (6-12): $5.00 (children under 6: free admission)