The Earth Sciences Museum is temporarily closed until further notice. We apologize to all of our visitors and groups for this inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding.


Meet some of our incredible Staff members!

Corina McDonald

Corina McDonald

Science Museum Curator

Corina McDonald is the curator of the Earth Sciences Museum and Science Museum and Galleries in the Faculty of Science at the University of Waterloo. She has been curating since 2012.

Corina grew up in Wawa, ON, an area well known for its beauty and significant geological richness.  Her appreciation for natural beauty lead Corina to explore her interests as a photographer and potter while her interests in geology lead her to study earth science, completing a BSc. and MSc. at the University of Waterloo.

News Articles

2012 KW Record Article: UW Geologist is home in natural world

2013 On the Hunt for Remarkable Rocks

2014 Experiential Learning helps Science Student Unearth Lifelong Passion

2015 Waterloo and Local Community Celebrate 20 Years of Water Education

2015 Waterloo Earth Sciences Museum brings the Prehistoric into Your Future

2017 Building Tech for Social Causes

2019 CTV Kitchener In Your Backyard - History of Rocks, Minerals and Dinosaurs

2019 CTV Kitchner In Your Backyard - Scratching the surface of the planet's history

2019 CTV Kitchener In Your Backyard - Science Museum and Galleries Timeline of Elements

2019 UW unveils a mural about humanity’s journey of discovery

Sam Qorbani standing infront of a pond scene

Sam Qorbani

Augmented Reality Puzzles Project Manager

I am a technical Illustrator, 3D artist, as well as UX design explorer, who is passionate about digital technology in general and Augmented/Virtual reality (AR/VR) in particular.

Peter inside a Rock

Peter Ian Russell

Curator Emeritus

I am one of those lucky people who have spent a lifetime exploring the world of geology, gathering specimens for the museum, rocks for my rock garden, preparing displays and presentations on the subject for the museum and Wat on Earth Newsletter. After being curator since the early 1970’s I now volunteer one day a week as needed.

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Laura Scaife

Interim Museum Curator 2016

I am a University of Waterloo Earth Science Alumni who just completed the most amazing position as the Earth Sciences Museum curator while Corina McDonald was on leave. My next geological  adventure includes coordinating a field trip for a group of New Hampshire University Students to study and gain an understanding of the Niagara Escarpment from Niagara Falls to Manitoulin Island.


Feel free to email the Earth Sciences Museum for general inquiries.

Or contact by phone: (519) 888-4567 ext. 35633

For directions to the museum: Visit Us

Museum hours

Conestoga Rovers Learning Centre (the “Dino pit”) open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

The museum’s main atrium, mining tunnel, Great Lakes fountain and stunning mineral exhibits open all day Monday to Friday, and 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on weekends.

Peter Russell Rock Garden (located outdoors) open to the public year round. Self-guided tours are available.

Admission is free! For more information, see Visit Us.

Scavenger hunts for kids ages 6 to 12+