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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
Sat - Wed 09:00 - 18:00
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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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Great for families with children

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... read more

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

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 4 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Stop and check out this gorgeous museum, and learn a little about Canada and its nature while you are at it!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great activity, nicely organized on many levels, beautiful older building. Great for all the family. However, a musty smell as soon as i walked in, had to cut the visit short, because i was within 10 minutes very congested, wish i could have lingered! I could not go again because of the moisture-mildew and dust from cement floors. Great museum!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visited the Museum of Nature over the Christmas holidays. Despite it was probably one of their busier days we didn't find it too bad. The museum is geared towards kids and young adults, but still lots to learn along the way. We were impressed with the facilities as absolutely everything was freshly renovated. The displays were all in perfect... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of my favorite museums. They always have different attractions. My children (5 and 3). Love it especially the dinosaur bones!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Years ago, when I lived in Ottawa, all museums in the city used to be free for university students as well as for teachers who could produce a valid teachers ID that they were employees of a board or members of the Ontario College of Teachers. Gone are those days and it would appear that the museum system has gone... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Another fabulous visit, this museum is world class in every way. My favorite remains the rock section, closely by the bird area.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have a pass and have purchased one for over two to three years. It's a great museum for families. Lots for kids to see as well as adults. There are always new exhibits. The restaurant/cafeteria is good, not fantastic, but serves hot food. The food is pricey. There's a good gift shop. It's centrally located in Ottawa.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is a gem. It has a wonderful collection of animals, minerals, shells, etc. There are always galleries with special exhibits which are well worth seeing. The cafeteria is a lovely place to take a break for a snack or lunch.

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