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Canadian Museum of Nature

240 Mc Leod St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 2R1, Canada
613-566-4700
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Ranked #12 of 136 attractions in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
Owner description: Canada's national natural history museum offers world-class galleries in a handsome heritage "castle". Marvel at dinosaurs and other ancient reptiles... more » Owner description: Canada's national natural history museum offers world-class galleries in a handsome heritage "castle". Marvel at dinosaurs and other ancient reptiles in the Talisman Energy Fossil Gallery. See grizzlies and other wild animals up close in beautiful dioramas in the Mammal Gallery. Observe hundreds of specimens in the Bird Gallery. See a real blue whale skeleton in the RBC Blue Water Gallery. Be dazzled by over a thousand gorgeous minerals and rocks in the Vale Earth Gallery. Peer at an eye-popping assortment of creepy crawlies in Animalium. Enjoy an action-packed 3D movie. Take advantage of numerous hands-on activities. Don't miss the special, travelling exhibitions. A superb destination for visitors of all ages! « less
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Ottawa, Canada
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78 reviews 78 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Well organized interesting exhibits in a spacious bright venue. Staff are helpful & there are special exhibits. I wish they had outdoor coffee/café seating in a nice landscaped venue.

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Downtown (almost) and intriguing, good $12 entry fee. Need hours! Per visit! Choose earth, birds, insects, dinosaurs with changing displays every few weeks or months. Annual membership fees for residents or frequent visitors to the capital.

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Ottawa, Canada
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61 reviews 61 reviews
41 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This museum is in a building that looks like a castle. Impressive for any one and magical for children

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Winnipeg
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Tucked away in a architectural marvel is this jewel of a nature museum. The building itself is magnificent with the original stone work, combined with a new, modern entrance atrium. The main floor foyer is wide open, with dual staircases and a really high ceiling, and you are greeted by very pleasant staff. Four floors of theater type space are... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

The museum is HUGE, four floors of fun divided into different sections and with AMAZING exhibits. A great place for the whole family, the kids will love it and you will most probably learn a few cool facts about various things.

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Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

The Canadian Museum of Nature is so much fun for the whole family. The exhibits are very interactive for everyone. The location and the building are absolutely beautiful.

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Nantwich, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

A huge museum, over four floors. Lots of interactive stuff to do, parking on site and just off highway 417. On a Saturday in snowy March the place was full of families with small children.

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Comox, Canada
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57 reviews 57 reviews
24 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

I've been to many much better natural history museums. This was a bit overpriced for what it was but still the $14 entry wasn't bad. The galleries are fairly small but well put together. There isn't much interactivity in the museum which isn't the norm in most modern museums. Overall a good but limited experience.

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Whitecourt, Alberta, Canada
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24 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

The frog exhibit here is a must see. A little pricey for the size of the museum but great fossil galleries make up for that. We took the stairs throughout the building as the elevators were frequently in use for strollers. This is a very kid friendly museum.

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Ontario
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Our kids enjoyed this museum with their interactive displays! 3D movie and Frog exhibit cost extra, but both were enjoyable. Free 2 hour parking about 2 blocks away.

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