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One hundred years after it first opened, Ottawa's Museum of Nature caps a $250-million renovation with a flashy glass tower. Photos by Pawel Dwulit for the Globe and Mail

A view of the staircases inside the Museum of Nature's 'lantern' addition.Pawel Dwulit for the Globe and Mail

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The institution's makeover means that a blue-whale skeleton, donated to the museum in 1975, can go on display for the first time.Pawel Dwulit for the Globe and Mail

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A view of the Museum of Nature, with its 'lantern' addition, from Ottawa's Metcalf Street.Pawel Dwulit for the Globe and Mail

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Visitors tour the Museum of Nature's 'lantern' addition.Pawel Dwulit for the Globe and Mail

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A view of visitors on the staircases through the old building facade.

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The Museum of Nature, seen with its 'lantern' addition.Pawel Dwulit for the Globe and Mail

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