The entrance to Dynamic Earth features a “dynamic” attraction – a floating granite globe. The coolest thing about it is that you can move this three-tonne ball with just one hand! How? Come to Dynamic Earth and find out! As it spins you'll be able to study a map of the world with Sudbury as a geographic highlight.
The Big Nickel is an exact replica of the 1951 Canadian nickel. It was built in 1964 and symbolizes the wealth that Sudbury has contributed to the Canadian economy through nickel production. The base enables the public to walk around the Big Nickel and under it. Access is barrier-free.
Big Nickel Fast Facts:
Discover what cataclysmic events have impacted the Earth. Relive the meteorite impact that formed the Sudbury Basin through video animation projected onto a three-dimensional map. Learn more about the tectonic plates and the wonders of our planet with the help of a four-foot diameter globe. Study the geologic timeline along with samples from different eras on the geologic wall.
Located right across from the Copper Café, the Mineral Wall is bursting with colour and texture. You won't be able to resist touching these rocks and minerals from around the world as they tell the geologic story of Earth's evolution. Our knowledgeable staff will help to identify and explain any specimens you have questions about.
Kids 10 and under, this three-level model mine is just your size! In this playground, learn how to move ore through a mine. From sending foam ore up the skip, moving it along the conveyor, and pushing it along with a wheelbarrow, you'll learn all about the mining process. Use the video and audio links on every level to communicate with the command centre and your fellow 'miners'.
Pan for gold, like a Yukon prospector, in a simulated stream that allows for adults and kids to pan for gold simultaneously. There are real gold flakes for you to find - and keep as a souvenir of your experience at Dynamic Earth!
Examine a 4,105 kg piece of Sudbury ore and find out its value. Uncover the mineral riches of Ontario through a geologic map. At the Mining Command Centre, manipulate a remote controlled rockbreaker located in Dynamic Earth’s underground mine or try out the Caterpillar excavator simulator! Track the movements of visitors underground using the HLS Hard-Line Solutions Inc. digital communication system. Go back in time with our historical photo wall and map out the use of nickel in currency throughout the world.
Try out some of the real technology being used in the mining sector today, including simulators, environmental monitors, underground tracking of groups, underground video feeds, and video and audio communication with all three levels of the Explora Mine. Become the remote operator for the rock breaker located underground. Learn how ore is gathered by miners and returned to surface.
Step into the Generations Barbershop, an engaging multimedia setting, and listen in as "Louie", curator of Sudbury’s oral history, recounts the fascinating historical events that shaped the last 125 years of Sudbury’s history. Nickel City Stories is based on the object theatres developed at Science North and uses a number of different effects to bring the city’s history to life.
English: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m.
French: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.
This innovative object theatre highlights what happens to ore once it comes out of the ground. Rocks to Riches is a multimedia experience in the Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations, a Glencore Company Gallery and with one visit you’ll never see your kitchen sink or plumbing pipes the same way again! This walk-through theatre features state-of-the-art presentation technology that takes you step-by-step through the processing of nickel and copper, from the “mill” to the “smelter” and then the “refinery.” Witness how powerful mechanical forces crush and grind chunks of ore into fine powder. See how intense heat separates the waste from the valuable metals that are then further purified. Learn how new mineral processing technologies are reducing the impact on the environment, and the “good news” stories of environmental rehabilitation in the Sudbury area.
From the glass-enclosed elevator, enter a network of tunnels and journey through the history of mining from the late 1800s through the 1950s to the latest in tele-mining technologies. Tour guides take you through the mine describing the equipment used in the different eras of mining.
Underground Tour Schedule
Dynamic Earth underground tours are 1 hour and 15 minutes in length, are offered in French and English and run regularly through the day. Make sure to pick up your pass for the next available tour time as soon as you arrive!
Additional tours may be run based on demand and availability.
Enter the miner’s ‘dry’ and prepare for an unforgettable journey to the depths of the earth, as you descend 7-storeys into a dramatic rock chasm while viewing a state-of-the art multimedia show. Then, don a miner’s hat, enter an underground tunnel, and witness the mining of our planet’s precious cargo and the dramatic transformation mining techniques have taken over the last century.