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Canadian Museum of Nature

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Address: 240 McLeod St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 2R1, Canada
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+1 613-566-4700
09:00 - 20:00
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Sat - Wed 09:00 - 18:00

Canada's national natural history museum offers world-class galleries in a...

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!

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I have been to Nature museums across the world and this one is definitely well ranked. The displays are all well marked and easily accessible. The exhibits are in most cases very... read more

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Langley Township BC
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Langley Township BC
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35 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have been to Nature museums across the world and this one is definitely well ranked. The displays are all well marked and easily accessible. The exhibits are in most cases very well stocked with fascinating specimens and stories. So easy to get to if you are staying downtown Ottawa it would be a shame to miss it.

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Saskatoon, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I hadn't been to this museum since I was a child, and so really had no idea what to expect. I recently moved to Ottawa, and so we were not in a rush to push through it all, and am I ever glad... as after 3 hours we had only seen one third of the exhibits (we were very thorough)... More 

Thank Jassy D
Waterdown, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This was my first visit here and it was phenomenal. It's a beautiful museum with mesmerizing exhibits. I stayed interested the entire time, the dinosaur exhibit was hands down my favourite. I would love to return for the special exhibition in June!

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Ontario's Highlands, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Canadian Museum of Nature is huge with so much to see. If we lived in the area I would purchase an annual family pass, this place is that good. This museum is like going to a science centre/history museum. Great for couples, singles and families.

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Coleraine, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

What do you do on a wet day in Ottawa!! Visit the Canadian Museum of Nature of course. Not on the same scale as the Natural History Museum in London but still well worth a visit if you're interested in the natural world. My wife and I spent a good part of the day here and found it good value... More 

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Malone, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Exhibits of Earth, Sea Life, Mammal, and Reptiles, just to name a few, with plenty of hands-on activities for all...

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Regina, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Exhibits of fish, birds, rocks, etc., were captivating and informative. Well done! Staff at front desk did not mention 4th floor was closed. Only when we started on that floor to work our way down were we told we couldn't proceed. Security staff need training in social skills for engaging visitors appropriately rather than glaring at them in an unfriendly... More 

Thank Peter L
St. John's, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Everything in Ottawa is close by, I don't know how taxis make any money. We decided to walk to the Museum and allowed for an hour but we were there in thirty minutes. Along the way we passed interesting shops, government buildings and even some embassies. As we came closer to the museum the area turned residential with beautiful brick... More 

Thank Peter M
Beeton, Canada
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful building and great layout. There was a lot to see and my 10 year old daughter loved all of the interactive things to do. The dinosaur fossils were amazing and 85% of them were real and a lot of them found here in North America. A good couple of hours of fun and interesting fact finding.

Thank Rene M
Canton, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We visited here during their free admission on Thursday from 5-8, We paid extra to do the VR event which lasted approx 15 minutes and then we watched the nature video in the lowest level. It is very easy to lose time while being here. Before we knew it, it was 7:30 and we hadn't been to every exhibit. The... More 

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