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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
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09:00 - 18:00
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Thu - Fri 09:00 - 20:00
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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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The reptile exhibit was pretty cool. Would have liked a bit more general information about reptiles. Mostly focuses on the species on display but still enjoyed it. Insect... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The reptile exhibit was pretty cool. Would have liked a bit more general information about reptiles. Mostly focuses on the species on display but still enjoyed it. Insect exhibit made my skin crawl. Worth visiting the museum. Dinosaur exhibit has a free short movie that's pretty cool too.

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

What a pleasant surprise (despite having bought the 3-museum passport) to see that its free every Thursday (night?). As a result it was very busy, very loud with all the families and kiddies, but a spectacular museum that's not to miss. The displays were informative for either and both adults and kids, the amount of value in the gemstones and... More 

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Milton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

From the very first few of the building itself to the incredible water display, this is a museum not to miss. The collection of rocks and gems was absolutely breathtaking, and that's one of my favourite things! Close to good food and great places to stay – can't recommend it enough!

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Prince Albert, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great as an adult, even better if you bring kids! They love it, and so do I. It's a beautiful building as well and a highly recommended activity!

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Thank Gord V
Ottawa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We go often when our nieces visit. Great museum for kids and animal lovers! Great way to spend an afternoon! They also have an adult only night once a month.

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Thank MrsHampel
Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Went with my wife & grandson. Our grandson at 8 years old enjoyed himself the whole time & hard to keep up with. He enjoyed the interactive stuff plus the realistic creatures from the past. Admission is reasonable & would recommend a visit to this treasure.

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Thank ga0di
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A wonderful museum that has been in Ottawa for many years however is in need of an update!! Very expensive! Too much for families and an extra cost incurred for special exhibits. A family of 3 (father and 2 children) $65 !! Won't be back for a long time...

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Athens, Greece
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Not much in terms of interactive....So very limited interest for younger kids.....I know of some museum around the word with a lot more animation and interesting activities for active kids. Here, we cannot touch, experiment.....Can't we do better?

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good museum with vast collections greatly suited for children. There are many fun ways to learn about Earth, dinosaurs, mammals, insects, birds, minerals, etc. Prepare to spend 2-3 hours if you want to thoroughly go through each exhibition.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It had been a while since our last visit to the museum, so we were looking forward to spending an afternoon here. It was a disappointment. The parking lot was full, so we were forced to find street parking nearby. That was extremely inconvenient, and it was a real slap in the face to see that there were cars taking... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback. We're sorry that you didn't enjoy your visit. We will certainly look at ways to improve our parking lot management. There are some challenges in winter with significant snow accumulation at times which perhaps can reduce some of the parking space. It's true that our popular Reptiles exhibit was very busy during the holidays. And... More 

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