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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 #18 of 144 Attractions in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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 young children, Activities for older children
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INNISFIL
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Found this museum was more for children. Lots of stairs. We did not purchase the additional ticket for the special exhibit and from reading reviews on it - glad we didn't. It was okay.

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

For context: After visiting the War Museum and the Museum of Civilization during the same week (both of which are stunning), perhaps many other museums would appear weak by comparison. That said, this was a disappointment for our young family (daughters are 9 and 11), for the following reasons: 1) We built our day of visiting that morning, and a... More

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Peterborough, Canada
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67 reviews 67 reviews
12 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This was a fantastic experience. We were 3 adults, and 2 tweens. We tried to get to as many areas as possible. Everyone enjoyed it immensely. It was fascinating for all ages. We'll definitely go again. Down sides.... very grumpy service at the cafe, and a ridiculously long wait in a line that barely moved for about 45 minutes in... More

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Quebec City, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We really liked it a lot, very interesting and well set up. The dinosaurs were very impressive and i liked the stuffed animals on the top floor and the insects wow ! I would definitely recommend this museum.

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museumofnature, Communications Officer at Canadian Museum of Nature, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We're pleased that you enjoyed your visit to our museum and that you especially enjoyed the dinosaurs, mammal dioramas and live specimens in our Animalium. We hope to see you again soon. All the best. More

Goffstown
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97 reviews 97 reviews
41 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

We spent about 4 hours wandering around this fabulous place. We found out many things about Canadians and their culture that we never knew. We especially thought the Emerald Isle exhibit was great.

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museumofnature, Communications Officer at Canadian Museum of Nature, responded to this review

We're glad that you enjoyed your museum visit in Ottawa. I suspect you're referring to the Canadian Museum of History (and the current Empress of Ireland exhibit). Our city has many fine museums and we hope you'll have a chance to visit us in the near future. All the best. More

Brampton, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We walked from our hotel to the museum and back. The Museum of Nature is doable from almost all the hotels. My family spent 3 hours inside the museum. There is so much to learn and see. My kids enjoyed the Nature museum the best. My husband and myself couldn't believe we spent 3 hours looking at everything. The time... More

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museumofnature, Communications Officer at Canadian Museum of Nature, responded to this review

Thank you for your very nice review. We're really pleased that you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon. All the best. More

Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Been there in the summer, love everything even the building! The transportation is very convince to there as well, great place!

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museumofnature, Communications Officer at Canadian Museum of Nature, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We're really pleased that you enjoyed your visit and that you learned a lot. Hope to see you again soon. All the best. More

Boisbriand, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Very friendly staff, clean and well taken care. A whole day trip at the museum. Lots to see and very educational. It's Worth the visit. Wear running shoes...lots of walking.

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museumofnature, Communications Officer at Canadian Museum of Nature, responded to this review

Thanks very much for your review. Glad you enjoyed your visit! All the best! More

Motueka, New Zealand
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This Museum needs a full day to take in the many theamed display areas. If you want a comprehensive introduction to the natural world of Canada this is the place to go. The exhibits are very child friendly and there are lots of hands on activities.

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museumofnature, Communications Officer at Canadian Museum of Nature, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. Glad you enjoyed your visit! All the best! More

Ottawa, Canada
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39 reviews 39 reviews
23 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Not too busy for a weekend in August. No long lines and very friendly staff. Parking cost $12 (standard daily rate for Ottawa) and is uncovered. General Admission is $12 and includes wonderful dinosaur exhibit, great underwater gallery and lots of interactive games for kids. The special exhibit is another 9$ and was no more interesting than the other exhibits... More

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museumofnature, Communications Officer at Canadian Museum of Nature, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We're glad that you liked exhibits, beautiful building and friendly staff. Please note that the fee for the special exhibition is $8 for an adult (not $9). Also the fee for the 3D movie is only an additional $4. We hope to see you again soon. More

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