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A Visit to See “The Hidden Life of Ants” @ Canadian Museum of Nature

We make regular visits to the Canadian Museum of Nature here in our home town of Ottawa. It’s a fantastic place for both adults and kids (although I admit to being sick to death of the dinosaur section after the millionth visit!). So when I heard about “The Hidden Life of Ants” exhibit (remember this giveaway?), it was just one more good reason to head back to this museum. I went with my two children and brought along my sister Meaghan for extra fun. (Everything is more fun with Aunty Megs!)

“Farmers, Warriors, Builders: The Hidden Life of Ants” Exhibition

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What is it?

A series of large-scale photographs by Mark Moffett that reveal the hidden life of ants, as well as a few extras, the most notably being a live colony of harvester ants (shown in the photo above).

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Who is it best for?

This exhibit is best for older children who have the attention span required to read the material that accompanies the photographs. The information is fascinating, but since it’s a photographic display, there is little in the way of interactivity for younger children. However, the ant colony absolutely captivated my five-year-old son.

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How long will it take to visit?

If you are just coming to see this exhibit, it will take you less than one hour to visit. It is not a large or extensive exhibit, so I think if this is the only reason for your visit, you might be disappointed. I’d suggest planning at least a half-day to tour the full museum (some money-saving tips can be found here).

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How much does it cost?

There is no extra charge to see this exhibit; admission is included in your general admission fee.

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How long is this exhibit in town for?

From July 26, 2013 to January 5, 2014.

Should you go?

Most definitely! Not only is the Canadian Museum of Nature a fabulous place for kids and adults of all ages, but the hidden life of ants is truly fascinating. We learned so many things we had never heard of before! (For example: Have you heard of cleaner fish? Yes, me too. But did you know there are also “cleaner ants”? I sure didn’t! Check out the photo above — the smaller ants are “cleaner” ants; they crawl on top of the larger ant and clean it until the larger ant decides to shake them off and move along.)

Have you been to see this exhibition yet? What was the craziest ant fact you learned?

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