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Canadian Museum of Nature

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240 McLeod St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 2R1, Canada
+1 613-566-4700
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Canada's national natural history museum offers world-class galleries in a handsome heritage "castle". Marvel at dinosaurs and other ancient reptiles in the 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 Water Gallery. Be dazzled by over a thousand gorgeous minerals and rocks in the Earth Gallery. Learn about Canada's North in the Canada Goose Arctic Gallery. Peer at an eye-popping assortment of creepy crawlies in Nature Live. 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!
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240 McLeod St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 2R1, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a wonderful place to visit for adults and for children of all ages. There is plenty of parking on the museum grounds and cost is reasonable. Something not known widely is that general admission is free from 5-8 pm on Thursdays (as it...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had a great time going through all the exhibits. Plan a full day trip to allow sufficient time per exhibit/ section. Strongly recommend visiting this museum!

Thank Anjali M
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I was actually really disappointed in my visit, considering that this is a major museum in the capital. There was only one exhibit that I thought was worth seeing. All of the others were standard exhibits for natural history museums, there was nothing that sets...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The museum is in an old style building. It good to see by itself. Interesting exhibitions: brain, earth, water, mammals. My family and I enjoyed them. I liked the earth one. It has big crystals and gems in perfect condition. I learned lots of new...More

Thank Nikolay V
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This museum is a must for families. Inexpensive and most interesting even for seniors. We rushed thru because of time restrain in our visit of Ottawa. Most enjoyed it and would recomend to Canadians and others to visit this place. We had a pass for...More

Thank Maria B
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The Canadian Museum of Nature has the look and feel of a beautiful castle on the outside, but oh the fun and games on the inside! An amazing array of beautifully presented Canadian nature specimens and interactive opportunities await! The Museum regularly engages with interactive...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We attended a conference at this museum, but never had a chance to see the entire museum. However we did enjoy the dinosaur exhibit which was expertly set up and told very interesting stories.

Thank MelWacks
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A full day activity with or without kids Very informative Takes you back to 1000 BCs era The building architect is castle, very attracting I Highly recommend

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is an awesome museum! My husband and I really enjoyed everything, 11yo was easily occupied, 14yo got a little bored but with some encouragement she still definitely enjoyed it! The special exhibit for the brain was a bit of a let down and I...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I live in Ottawa and visit this museum several times every year--there is always so much to see, for all ages. If you like nature at all, this is a beautifully designed museum for you. Give yourself at least a half day and take in...More

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Kaichen A
January 19, 2017|
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November 19, 2016|
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Response from museumofnature | Property representative |
Thanks for your inquiry. The Ottawa public library (among others) offers a pass that you can borrow for admission to the Canadian Museum of Nature. You can find out more on the library's web site. (I tried to include the... More
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August 2, 2016|
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Response from museumofnature | Property representative |
Thank you for your inquiry. Apologies for the delay. Summer is a busy time, particularly on a rainy day, or on an extremely hot day when it's even too hot to be at a beach. We open at 9 am. If you arrive early, you won't... More
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