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Canadian Museum of Nature
Ranked #8 of 289 things to do in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
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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 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. 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!
Reviewed April 23, 2013

This was our second trip to the Museum of Nature. The last time was years ago when it was still undergoing major renovation. Now that everything is complete it is just amazing!

There are 4 levels, plus one in the basement. We spent almost 4 hours here and still did not get to do the 2nd floor and the basement. There's just so much interesting stuff to see and do.

We started from the top and worked our way down. On the daily events calendar there were some Inuit activities going on, one which included learning to write your name in Inuktitut. The girl that was showing us was so lovely and answered all of our (ignorant) questions. We must have spent a good hour just here. We learned so much and it was one of the highlights of the day.

The bird exhibit is also up here, and just has such a wealth of information and interests adults and kids alike.

I won't talk about every exhibit, but I can tell you that all the ones we saw were just so interesting and there was never a boring moment. Our kids could've stayed all day if we let them, but since we already had other plans we had to cut our visit short.

There was also an igloo building activity going on on the main level and there were some displays of Arctic plant life and also a table with displays of Lichen. It was amazing to see the plants that grow that far north. You wouldn't believe some of the beautiful flowers that grow there! The people here were also so wonderful and really engaged the kids.

We learned so much and we really could have spent the whole day here. It's really important to talk to the people at the exhibits and not just do a walk through. All the people we spoke to were so instrumental at making our visit so great and that much more interesting. We learned so much here in just those few hours!

Street parking is free on Saturdays and Sundays; otherwise there is also a pay lot. I suggest getting there early if you want to find the free spots.

You will not be disappointed coming here. I can't recommend it enough. It is such a beautiful museum and is good for visitors of every age!

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Reviewed April 21, 2013

The Canadian Museum of Nature is located in a beautiful building on the way to downtown Ottawa from the 417. The different museum sections are well defined, with a whole floor dedicated to dinosaurs which my son really enjoyed. The place is easy to find, easy to visit and there is plenty of ways for the kids to interact, learn at the same time as being entertained
We also managed to park for free in the street close by since it was on Saturday, which is a great plus.

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Reviewed April 16, 2013

We visited this museum once again last weekend. We live in the city and try to visit our local museums at least once a year. We had not been to the Museum of Nature since they had their renovations completed. We were pleasantly surprised. The area where there was a dingy eating area before is now a full blown insect exploration section (if you like creepy crawleys!!). They have updated their exhibits and the Special presentation on natural disasters (Nature Unleashed) was well done and very informative with quite a few interesting touch and play with type areas for the children.

The 3-D films are cute, I am not a 3D fan so not that impressed but if you are, they are worth it.

If you are visiting Ottawa, or if you are a local and just have not been to the Nature Museum since it was renovated, it is definitely a place to visit!!

Thank Chantal D
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

I visited this magnificente museum last year. The geological informations regarding rocks and the Earth history in general are just wondeful. I think they deserve a book; all the visitors will certainly enjoy and buy it, including me.

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Went through it in under 60 mins. Looks like it hasn't changed in a long time. If you're short on time skip this one.

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