Thursday Doors – September 5, 2019

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing your link in the comments below, anytime between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time). 

Butterflies, Dinosaurs, & Doors at the Canadian Museum of Nature – Ottawa, Ontario

This past long weekend we took a road trip to the nation’s capital Ottawa. While there we decided to drop in and visit a building we had driven past a number of times before, that had always caught my eye, The Canadian Museum of Nature.

Formerly known as The National Museum of Natural Sciences the main campus of the museum, the one we visited, is housed in the magnificent Victoria Memorial Museum Building.

The building’s architectural style is referred to as Scottish Baronial.

Basically it’s a mix of medieval castle and with symmetrical Gothic, Romanesque, and Tudor influences. It was built between 1905 and 1912 using locally quarried sandstone.

Despite the old world style, the building was one of the first of its kind to incorporate animals and plants found in Canada into its design.

Note the moose head, upper right


Only a few years after opening the building was called into service as the temporary/emergency home of Canada’s Parliament which was destroyed by fire in 1916. After the reconstructed Parliament re-opened in 1920 the building returned to its original vocation, undergoing several significant renovations over the years. The last renovations in 2010 included a stunning glass tower that houses a scale model of the moon.

Outside view of the tower

Inside view of the tower including the moon

As for me: a chance to stroll through a 100+ year old structure,

see some woolly mammoths and some dinosaurs,

dead ones of course…

check out the butterfly exhibit,

live ones of course…

and discover some lovely doors…

Inside the butterfly greenhouse

all on a lazy holiday Monday?

I’d say: It was my kinda day!

As always, thank you for looking 🙂

Want to join in on the fun and share your own Thursday Doors post with other door lovers? Then simply add the link to your Thursday Doors post in the comments section below.

Don’t forget that if you share your blog posts on social media, use the #ThursdayDoors hashtag to help others find you, and please do take a few minutes to visit some of the Thursday Door posts shared by others.

About Norm 3.0

World’s youngest grumpy old man & heart failure wonder boy. Interests: writing, woodworking, photography, travel, tennis, wine, and I know a bit about power tools.
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95 Responses to Thursday Doors – September 5, 2019

  1. joey says:

    The beveled panels of glass in the doors, though, right? Swoon! The windows are everything here, and you had stained as well as the perfect sky for plain glass reflections. I, too, enjoy skeletal remains and butterflies. Thanks for sharing this gem 🙂

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  2. beautiful building. Love the stained glass windows. Love the butterflies and dinosaurs.

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  3. scooj says:

    That is definitely my kind of place. Great post.

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  4. Rowena says:

    Magnificent photos, Norm.
    I’m desperately needing to get to sleep and will come back and read your post in more detail.
    This week I revisited my parents first home, which was quite a renovation project and a way for them to get ahead, making a very encouraging story:
    Best wishes,

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  5. Timothy says:

    Great work. You’re an inspiration. Thanks.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      No worries, you’re not late. We still accept entries until noon on Saturday.
      By the way I just went over and left a comment on your blog but for some reason WordPress is still sending my comments direct to the spam folder, so you may need to go into the comments section or your admin dashboard and release me from spam prison.


  6. What an absolutely beautiful building! The doors and those stained glass windows are just gorgeous. And the pretty butterflies are a real treat! Coincidentally, yesterday I went to the La Brea Pit Tars Park and Museum in Los Angeles and saw mammoths, dire wolves, and other Ice Age creatures. It was a great discovery. Here’s my entry for this week:

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  7. lifelessons says:

    Wow. That moth and butterfly! Here are some Greek and nautical doors:

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  8. JT Twissel says:

    You’ve found a friend! I bet he’ll be able to find some great doors. I don’t have any this week. I like the beaver over that one door!

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  9. amoralegria says:

    I love those stained glass windows above the doors! Gorgeous! You also got a great shot of the hanging model of the moon through a window. Fantastic!

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  10. Norm 2.0 says:

    Thanks, but I think you put the link to my own post here instead of yours. Please feel free to try again and I’ll delete this one to avoid confusion.


  11. Ostendnomad says:

    The architecture of this building is so incredible. The last pic: my absolute favo!
    My entry of this week:

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  12. anitashope says:

    Love the natural science museum. Great photographs.

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  13. tgeriatrix says:

    The fassade looks a bit like Heidelberg Castle. I will make a post about the castle. For now here are the doors I found:

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  14. Prior... says:

    Cool doors – love the tower and moon photo – and the one of you with the butterfly – truly special –
    And here is my
    Link for this week

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  15. marianallen says:

    Outstanding! I was fascinated to read your architectural description, because the museum looks very much like my junior high school building! I love all the details and the stained glass. And, of course, the arches. 🙂 Here’s my offering this week:

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  16. Wow! I’m so sorry the museum wasn’t our agenda when visiting Ottawa a few years ago. I need to rectify that! Love, love the moose heads (we never did see a real one while in Canada)! And the moon… holy cow, that’s gorgeous! Beautiful doors, for sure, but I think I got caught up with all the other visual treats… including the butterflies.

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  17. Junieper2 says:

    A magnificent building Norm! Beautiful on the outside as sell as on the inside. Love the look downstairs, and the stained glass has a remarkable signature style. That moon is huge! The butterflies are a worthy mention, and like the image with a butterfly on your shoulder:). A great post!

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  18. I think the building is absolutely stunning, except for that new glass top! What were they thinking? Thanks for sharing this!

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  19. lolaWi says:

    lovely gallery of wonderful photos from your road trip. the stained glass windows are beautiful. here is my entry for the Thursday Doors –

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  20. Joe Owens says:

    I have always loved interesting doors, but never thought I would find a like-minded group to share with. So happy you do this Norm!

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thank you Joe and welcome! I went over and left a comment on your blog yesterday but for some reason WordPress usually sends my first comment on someone’s blog direct to the spam folder, so you may need to go into the comments section or your admin dashboard and release me from spam prison.
      Now that you found us, I hope you’ll join in whenever you have share-worthy doors to post. Cheers!

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  21. seaangel4444 says:

    Every Thursday you post the most awesome doors, Norm! I want to visit them all! I especially like incorporation of the moose and beaver! Ah, my home and native land! Thank you, Norm! Today I have wooden, slatted doors from the “Epworth Methodist Church” here in Chicago:

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  22. I have an appointment this morning, but I will be back later today to see all the posts! Here is mine for today!

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  23. Ally Bean says:

    The doors into Barrick Salon would look perfect inside our house. Could you make that so, please? 😊

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      No problemo. I’ll go back next weekend. I’m sure they won’t notice me there while I’m unscrewing the hinges to take the door away 😉
      One question though: Got bail money?

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  24. TCast says:

    You definitely had an amazing day Norm. The three arched entry doors are just lovely. Here is my entry for this week’s challenge.

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  25. Ooo, what a brilliant day you had! 🙂 A most excellent building and one butterfly shot looks so much like one of mine that I took at an exhibition as well. There were some dinosaurs there as well, but you win – the Moon, ohhhh, the moon! 😮 And the doors are extra beautiful!

    Here are my doors from last September and one from this week. Visitors come and new arrive…

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  26. Dan Antion says:

    What a wonderful place to stroll, and look and learn. I love sandstone, and the marvelous things the craftsmen were able to with that wonderful material. The entrance is amazing, Norm, and the animals seem to fit so well into the architecture. I would love to see the scale model of the moon. I never knew there was one – anywhere. I love the view of the entrance looking down from inside. We all manage to find interesting doors, but you lead the pack in finding ways to present them – nicely done!

    My contribution –

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  27. Sheree says:

    Superb doors and windows

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  28. Looks like a wonderful place. That scale model of the moon looks very interesting, and live butterflies are always worth spending time with. I liked the stained glass.

    Here’s my entry for the week:

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  29. Norm, you hit the jackpot with doors here, got to accessorize them with those amazing sculptures on the building and stand alone, and then you added butterflies. That was quite a day you had. 🙂

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  30. Beautiful photos of a beautiful building and exhibits, Norm! I’ll have to add this one to my list next time I’m in Ottawa.


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  31. Sherry Felix says:

    Lovely building and doors. I like the suspended moon. I heard of one recently suspended in a Leicester Cathedral.
    My contribution, , the last of Governors Island trip posts.

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  32. Joanne Sisco says:

    Oh my! I haven’t been to the Natural Sciences Museum since Before Children … and I had no idea they had changed the name! Nor do I remember it being such an outstanding old building. I particularly like the addition of indigenous plants and animals in the design. Very appropriate for a nature museum – live butterflies and all 🙂

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  33. Colline says:

    A beautiful building that holds interesting things.

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  34. Debbie Smyth says:

    A lovely building with some great solid doors. I especially like the peek through the window at the moon 🙂
    My door for the week is here:

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  35. What a fascinating place. I never heard of Scottish baronial but it’s very impressive. Love that moon replica but I’m not sure the glass tower suits the building. Here’s my Thursday Doors for this week, thanks Norm.

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