Virtual Lab and Museum Tours

The Faculty of Science is home to excellent museums and collections that showcase an amazing depth and breadth of science research. Each year our museums and collections are accessed by thousands of students, researchers from all over the globe, the public, summer programs, and school groups.

The world of science captures the imagination of people in all parts of our society. Generating, stimulating, and keeping that interest in science alive in the community is important to the Faculty of Science. Though COVID-19 prevents us from opening our facilities, we’re keeping science curiosity alive by bringing our labs and museums to you—wherever you are!

Explore some of the Faculty of Science's world-renowned collections and facilities through our new virtual tours.


Take a virtual tour

A sandbox where volunteers can support delicate fossils during repair while the glue dries, and they are able to return, and carry on with their project

Dino Lab

Did you know the very first dinosaurs to be put on public display in Alberta were here at the University of Alberta in 1935? Learn how dinosaurs are prepared and preserved, view real dinosaur bones, and learn about the paleontology work currently being done by UAlberta students and researchers.

An assortment of models created using computer assisted design and printed out. 3D printing allows students to bring prototype ideas into a physical form without a heavy cost to fabricate each iteration for possible improvement. Such examples include models, tools, instruments, and measuring devices

The Shack

The University of Alberta’s Science Makerspace, AKA The Shack, is where creativity and technology mix together. Many of our existing projects span many scientific fields, creating countless opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration. Learn all about 3D printers, CNC milling machines, electronics, and more.

Two bear skulls, Grizzly bear’s on the left and a Polar bear’s on the right

Rowan Lab, Museum of Zoology

The Rowan Lab is home to four collections and has a wide array of vertebrate specimens. Collected over the past century, the University of Alberta Museum of Zoology is one of the best of its kind, and includes many rare and unusual specimens—including Myrtle the Elephant!

This sheet of copper was found within a flood basalt. The copper grew in a fracture in the rock during low-grade metamorphism of the basalt

Mineralogy & Petrology Museum

There are over 12,000 rock and mineral specimens from around the world in the Mineralogy & Petrology Collection. View our extensive collections and learn how they are a valuable resource for our students, researchers, and the museum community.

Model of the Sun, Earth, and Moon

Physics Observatory

Step inside the Physics Astronomical Observatory: tour the outdoor observatory deck where you can see scenic views of campus, explore the domes which house three telescopes, view a scale model of the solar system, learn about meteorites, and more.

Gorgosaurus libratus from the Late Cretaceous, Sand Creek, Red Deer River, Alberta

Paleontology Museum

Did you know that the specimens on display at the Paleontology Museum range in age from over 600 million to 10,000 years? Explore our extensive collections and learn how they are a valuable resource for our students, researchers, and the museum community.