Located in the Globe and Gem Gallery, the OmniGlobe is one of the museum’s most popular permanent exhibits and was Canada’s first OmniGlobe. This spherical interactive display projects images and animations of planets, real time weather, ocean currents, tsunami wave height data, forest fires, ancient ice coverage, plate tectonics, and much more.

There are roughly 300 individual static images and animated visualizations, organized for convenient viewer interactivity, into the following topics:

  • Natural Earth (topography, geography, etc.)
  • geophysical (tectonic plates, earthquakes & volcanoes, magnetic fields, etc.)
  • world-human related
  • oceans (currents, temperature, salinity, etc.)
  • atmosphere
  • IPCC climate models (IPPC = Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)
  • astronomy collection (solar system, planets and moons, pluto, exoplanets, heliophysical, cosmology)
  • miscellaneous
  • old world maps
  • global statistics
  • global agricultural monitoring
  • Other NASA content

Click links here to see the complete list of content (PDF) from ARC Science Simulations (creator of OmniGlobe), and their comprehensive descriptions of all OmniGlobe content (webpage). These are up-to-date as of early 2020.

ALSO – did you know that you can book the OmniGlobe for a 30 minute private Show & Tell with one of our experienced museum interpreters? Click here for more information.

Google interior StreetView inside the PME gems and OmniGlobe gallery.
Use your mouse to navigate, and click the little broken square, top right, for full screen.
OmniGlobe with topography of Earth's moon.

OmniGlobe with topography of Earth’s moon.

Entrance to omniglobe

Entrance to the gem gallery and omniglobe – limited hours and a “clean” space!


You select what to view.

Historical maps

Historical maps on the globe too!