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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 3 weeks ago

This is a beautiful, well designed museum. It has four floors of wonderful displays each with a description. Great place to visit while in Ottawa. Enjoyment for all.

Thank Triley
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My folks came up from NY and we went to the Nature Museum. Consisting of four floors of Natural history, there are many things to see and do on each floor. There consists of an Arctic exhibit, a Water exhibit, an Earth exhibit, and extinction...More

Thank Noelle W
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Canadian Museum of Nature is largely forgotten when compared to the War Museum and the History Museum. The displaces are really well done and the building is a piece of history. There are a number of floors covering quite a few regions and time...More

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Reviewed April 14, 2018 via mobile

All exhibits were well done. We went on a Thursday which was free after 5:00 (made it even better!) A lot of kids made it rather distracting.

Thank Rob B
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Reviewed April 10, 2018

Recently, my wife took our 12 year old grandaughter to see the butterfly exhibit. while not as grand as the Montreal one, they were very pleased nonetheless. I have spent many moments in this museum with our grandchildren, and still marvel at the stateleness of...More

Thank Wafers
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Reviewed April 5, 2018

Just happens that the Canadian Museum of Nature is just a block away from our hotel. On Thursdays, it's free admission after 5 PM. Glad it was mostly indoors as it was freezing rain outside. There are 4 floors of exhibits and also elevators.

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Reviewed April 4, 2018

A wonderful place to visit with a multigenerational family. Although the butterfly exhibit was sold out we toured the museum for more than two hours-could have spent more time but our 3yr old grandson was tired. Extremely well set up on different floors. Of course...More

Thank Gary L
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Reviewed April 3, 2018

Went for the butterflies, and loved it, had a snack for lunch, not so hot, but enough. Toured before and loved the dinosaurs, check out the gallery on the lower floor, beautiful pictures

Thank Barb S
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Reviewed April 2, 2018

This museum is wonderful. It's big but well laid out. We spent three hours exploring the different exhibits. One of the top things to see and do while in Ottawa.

Thank debster369
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Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

This museum is amazing it has many levels and it’s great for families, singles, and couples. The dinosaur exhibit is amazing and until April 2 is the butterfly exhibit is wow. The butterflies were amazing and beautiful.

Thank Happy1232013
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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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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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