Dynamic Earth is an immersive, hands-on science centre that features earth science and mining experiences.

The iconic experience- complete with a guided underground tour, multimedia theatres and engaging exhibits-entertains visitors of all ages in an interactive and educational setting.

Atlas Copco Theatre

Take a seat in our Atlas Copco Theatre and enjoy a specialized collection of films, projected on a giant screen!

Earth science shows will help you gain a better understanding of the world around you, while the feature selection complements your special exhibition tour.

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Floating Granite Globe

Can you move a three tonne piece of rock?

With the help of science, anything is possible!

Dynamic Earth's main lobby features a three-tonne, solid granite sphere, floating on an incredibly thin layer of water. Roll it around to see a map of the world and find your current location!

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The Famous Big Nickel

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:

The Big Nickel is a replica of the 1951 Canadian five-cent coin, built in 1964 by local Sudburian Ted Szilva. Open to the public at no cost, visitors are invited to walk around the Big Nickel and explore the site of the Centennial Numismatic Park.

Big Nickel Fast Facts:

The Big Nickel is the largest coin in the world.

In the 1960's the Big Nickel was joined by four large coin monuments:

  • The Fantasy Penny,
  • The Lincoln Penny,
  • The Kennedy Half Dollar, and
  • The Twenty Dollar Gold Piece.

These four monuments were dismantled in 1984.

The 1951 5-cent coin was minted to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the isolation and naming of the element Nickel.

The obverse, or 'heads' is King George VI. The reverse, or 'tails' is a stylized nickel refinery with one large stack. It is NOT the Sudbury superstack!

The Big Nickel weighs close to 13,000 kilograms (approximately 13 tonnes).

It is about 64,607,747 times the size of a real Canadian nickel.

Over the years, the composition of the 5-cent coin changed until one final change to the nickel was made in 1999. Today’s 5-cent coin is 94.5% steel, 3.5% copper, and 2% nickel.

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Canadian Diamonds

Explore the science behind the popular gemstone, diamond! Put on your geologist hat and identify kimberlite indicator minerals, a tool in diamond exploration. Prepare to be mesmerized by the scintillation of different gemstones, including your own! Look at a map of Canada to find our active mines, and learn about how the cut, carat, colour and clarity of diamonds contribute to their value.

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Earth Gallery

In the Earth Gallery, visitors of all ages can discover the fascinating world of earth sciences.

Learn to identify rocks, minerals and fossils or bring in your own samples to trade at the Rockhound Lab!

Investigate Dynamic Earth processes like earthquakes using our digital globe!

Head into the MacLean Engineering Gallery to experience our latest special exhibition!

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Earthquakes of Canada

Shake things up at our earthquakes of Canada exhibit. Create your own earthquake by experimenting with tectonic plates. Use a seismometer to measure your jump impact. Monitor earthquake activity happening in Canada right now and learn how scientists measure the strength of earthquakes on our large visual scales. Play with our digital globe to create different geological and meteorological events on our planet.

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Mineral Identification

Learn how to identify different rocks and minerals with our array of exhibits in the Earth Gallery! Test hardness by using real tools, use ceramic plates to see what colour your streak is and match shapes to learn about crystal habit. Touch your sample to a magnet to see if it sticks, probe the sample to see if it has conductivity and see if it fluoresces under ultraviolet light!

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Mineral Wall

Located across from the Copper Café, the Mineral Wall is bursting with colours and textures from our natural world.

Explore, identify and learn all about the specimens with our interactive touchscreens. You won't be able to resist touching these rocks and minerals from around the world as they tell the Earth's geologic story.

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Quarries of Ontario

Touch an artistic display of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rock samples from quarries around Ontario. Explore the geological map of major quarrying regions in the province to see the different types of beautiful stone products that are being extracted.

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Regreening & Slag

Become inspired by Sudbury’s dramatic, award-winning story of regreening and reclamation. Follow the timeline of events that changed Sudbury’s landscape from moonscape to lush new forests. Compare images from the 1970s to present day to see the effect of regreening. Peer out of binoculars to see reclamation at work on an active smelting site. Feel real samples of Sudbury slag and learn how the black hills were created by this smelting by-product!

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Safety & Mine Rescue

Get suited up in various pieces of personal protective equipment and tools that are used to keep miners safe. Slip into some steel-toed boots, jump into overalls, put on a hard hat and tighten up your belt for a great photo opportunity with the family. Watch videos about safe mining practices and underground rescues to see how crucial this equipment is.

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Explora Mine 

Hey kids! This three-level model mine is just your size!

Learn how to move ore through a mine. From sending ore up the skip, to transporting it along the conveyor and pushing it with a wheelbarrow, you'll be part of the mining process!

Use the stations on every level to communicate with the command centre and your fellow 'miners'.

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Glencore Rocks to Riches Theatre

You'll never look at your stainless steel sink the same way again!

This walk-through object theatre features immersive multimedia 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 valuable metals that are then further purified.

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MacLeod Rock Gallery

The Rock Gallery is where all the real work happens!

Test your skills in our Mine Training Centre while operating one of our exciting simulators, then join a rescue team for a mine rescue adventure.

Create mountains and lakes with the new virtual sandbox, then pan for REAL gold flakes in our gold panning table.

When you are all tuckered out, take a seat in Nickel City Stories or a trip through Rocks to Riches for an engaging multimedia experience.

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Mine Training Centre

Take the controls in our new mine training centre! Practice operating equipment such as a rockbreaker, excavator, mining drone and drill in one of our simulator cabs. Join a team of underground rescuers to tackle real world situations in our immersive mine rescue simulator. Stand next to huge mining tires to see how they wear, communicate with young miners in the Explora Mine and monitor our underground environmental conditions.

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Nickel City Stories

Step into Louie's barbershop and relax as he recounts fascinating historical events that helped shape the last 125 years of Sudbury's history.

Nickel City Stories is an engaging multimedia theatre that integrates a number of different effects to bring our city's rich history to life.

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‘In the Footsteps of Sudbury's Miners’ Underground Tour

Descend seven storeys to walk in the footsteps of Sudbury's miners. This guided tour takes you through our demonstration mine to discover the evolution of mining in the region, from the turn of the century to modern mining.

Underground tours are 1 hour and 15 minutes in length.

Make sure to pick up your pass for the next available tour time as soon as you arrive!

Sturdy footwear and a jacket are recommended.

Temperature underground is approximately 13C (55 F).

There are flashing lights.

Purchase a postcard at the Sales Centre to mail in our Underground Postbox!

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Vale Chasm Show & Mine Dry

Enter our Mine Dry and prepare for an unforgettable journey as you descend in a glass platform elevator through a dramatic rock chasm while viewing a state-of-the art multimedia show.

Then, don your miner’s safety hat and prepare to enter our underground drifts!

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