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Beyond Walls

We would like to recognize and thank Equitable Life of Canada for sponsoring our current project which will bring the Earth Sciences Museum beyond our physical walls by making three augmented reality apps available to anyone around the world. Two displays: Puzzle Pit and Planning Paradise and their associated apps will be available to the public in January of 2018.

Logo of Equitable Life of Canada

Puzzle Pit

puzzle pitAt this exhibit, participants are able to become a paleontologist and move around tangible puzzle pieces to connect the bones of various dinosaurs. Once completed they get to see the dinosaur come to life and learn interesting facts about the dinosaur. This exhibit is accompanied by two apps that are available to download on Google Play and the App Store (coming soon).

AR Puzzle App logo        AR Dino App Icon

In order to enjoy the apps, please download these printable pages:

Planning Paradise

planning paradise gameAt this exhibit, participants will experience the effects of city planning on the water cycle. Build and manipulate the interactive town of Fairfield. The town's folk will let you know how you fair! This exhibit will be accompanied by an app that will be available to download on Google Play and the App Store in January 2018.

Reimer Family Gallery

 Interactive Displays of Fine Minerals and Fossils.

Jim Reimer.Jim Reimer and his family are major benefactors of the Earth Sciences Museum at the University of Waterloo. The Reimer Family Gallery is currently being established in the Museum. The Gallery will consist of four parts: The "Reimer Family Mineral Collection", the “Groundwater-Driven Mineralization" display, the “Petrified Wood" display and the "Laboratory of Life" exhibit. Presently, staff at the Earth Sciences Museum are developing the Museum’s “Laboratory of Life” exhibit which will feature magnificent specimens from a major new Canadian fossil discovery.

Mining tunnel project

We would like to recognize and thank the donors to our Cobalt Mining Tunnel:


Barrick gold corporation logo

Barrick Gold Corporation

Portrait of J.P. Bickell

J.P. Bickell Foundation

silhouette of miner with hard hat and pickaxe

Town of Cobalt

Canadian geological foundation- Foundation geologique du Canada- since/depuis 1968 logo

Canadian Geological Foundation


Barry Warner




"Mastodon: Life, Death, and Discovery" Augmented Reality Display

"Mastodon: Life, Death, and Discovery" is a permanent display depicting an ice age mammal, a mastodon, trapped in a North American bog. The designed mural by Ontario artist Mark Rehkopf consists of mastodon bone casts reaching out into the museum’s third floor atrium. Visitors of the Earth Sciences Museum are able to view, through augmented reality, a time sequence synopsis of the mastodon when it was first stuck in the peat land and then it being fossilized and lastly unearthed by natural processes.

This project was completed in October 2014, and was made possible by generous contributions and donations from the following organizations and individuals:

Ontario logo.Canadian Geological Foundation logo.

  • Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport - Museums and Technology Fund
  • Peter Morris and Mona Negolita
  • Canadian Geological Foundation
  • Bill and Doreen Motz
  • Barry G. Warner
  • Paul F. Karrow
  • J. Frank Brookfield

Drill bits

brown metal drill bits hanging from ceiling

All bits are used in some aspect of oil and gas extraction. The small bits are used to drill seismic holes. The buttons on the bits are made of tungsten carbide. The small bit at the left, front is a diamond coring bit.

These drill bits were donated to the Earth Science Museum by:

  • Security DBS CalgaryChristian Catrinuscu, Engineer: four button bits

  • Christensen Mining Products - Don Kretzel, General Manager: diamond coring bit

  • Walker McDonald Bits - Ivor Williams, Warehouse Manager: tricone bicore and percussion bits

A special thanks to Jerry Pilny, University of Waterloo Earth Sciences Alumnus who worked with the companies to arrange the donations. Pilny works as a geologist for drilling programs in Alberta.


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.