Dynamic Earth (Ontario)

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Dynamic Earth
Dynamic Earth Logo.svg
Dynamic Earth (Ontario) is located in Ontario
Dynamic Earth (Ontario)
Location within Ontario
Location122 Big Nickel Road
Sudbury, Ontario
P3C 5T7
Coordinates46°28′27″N 81°01′58″W / 46.47416°N 81.03288°W / 46.47416; -81.03288Coordinates: 46°28′27″N 81°01′58″W / 46.47416°N 81.03288°W / 46.47416; -81.03288
TypeScience museum

Dynamic Earth is an interactive science museum in Greater Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. Owned-and-operated by Science North, Dynamic Earth is an earth sciences museum which builds on the city's mining heritage, focusing principally on geology and mining history exhibitions.

The centre, which opened in 2003, is home to the Big Nickel, one of the city's most famous landmarks.[1]

Dynamic Earth offers tours of the mine. The tour starts with a seven-story elevator ride descending to a cavern. Then the tour goes through a demonstration mine to showcase the evolution of mining from turn-of-the-century to modern day. The mine's temperature are averages at 13°C (55°F) all year long. The final destination is Epiroc Theatre, where educational films are played, with a focus on nature documentaries, Sudbury history, and mining.[2]

The science park has activities such as interactive historical mining equipment, interior playground, and gold sifting. During the winter, Sudbury Snow trails are managed by Dynamic Earth Science North working with northern communities to offer a "Northern Nature Trading experience" where visitors can trade and build collections of natural objects. In 2013, Science North had 44,000 student visits and almost 47,000 participants in science programs and workshops.[3]


The museum is affiliated with the Canadian Museums Association, the Canadian Heritage Information Network and the Virtual Museum of Canada. The building was used to gather data for FLAC and Numerical Modeling in Geomechanics which is responsible for modeling the Greater Sudbury Area.[4]

This project was combined into two phases, Research and construction, Significant financial contributions included: C$463,000: Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, C$499,000: Independent Electricity System Operator's Conservation Fund, C$620,000: Electrale Innovation and MIRARCO – Mining Innovation.[5]


  1. ^ "Sudbury's big nickel celebrates 45 years". Northern Life, July 24, 2009.
  2. ^ "Dynamic Earth". Science North, March 6, 2021.
  3. ^ "Ontario invests in SOFC among ‘clean energy’ projects". Fuel Cells Bulletin, April, 2008.
  4. ^ "FLAC and numerical modeling in geomechanics". Balkema, October 23-24, 2003.
  5. ^ "UAV demonstrator opens up new technology perspectives for EADS". Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, January 30, 2007.

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