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Visit Our Education Research Station and Interpretation Center

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.

One 30ft long mural reveals all of the marine mammal species that can be found in the region, while other murals single out the feeding behaviors of particular cetacean species, such as killer, fin, pilot, minke, blue, and humpback whales. The unique full-scale mosaic of a 40ft humpback whale welcomes visitors as they take their first steps on to the floor of the museum. Life-sized sculptures of harbor porpoise, white beaked and Atlantic white-sided dolphins invite visitors to discover their differences in form and pigmentation pattern

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 Fees

Opening hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM 

Guided tours: 09:30 AM, 10:45 AM, 1:15 PM and  3:00 PM

Open every day from mid-June through mid-September (we advise calling beforehand in early June and late September as opening and closing date may vary)

Rates:
Price per person: $10.00
Senior (65+) $ 7.00
Children (6-12): $5.00 (children under 6: free admission)

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