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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. 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 yesterday via mobile

We spent a few hours with our three children (10,8,4) Both parents and children enjoyed it. We learned a lot and were happy that we went. It was reasonably priced as well. Only suggestion I would have is some more interactive displays for the kids....More

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Reviewed yesterday

We visited with my six year old granddaughter and were pleasantly surprised that there was plenty to do and see to keep her interested

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Reviewed 6 days ago

We thought this would be too kid friendly, but we were wrong. Room after room, we learned and saw, and learned and saw, and learned and smiled. We can't wait to go back.

Thank Rick L
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went with only an hour to kill. As soon as I pulled up I was like "it's huge!". I've never been to a national museum. They had the butterfly exhibition open but we didn't opt to see it because it was our first time...More

Thank Jesycka S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spent a wonderful 4 hours. The Costa Rican butterflies were what attracted us, and we were quite disappointed to pull up at 11 am and see the sold out sign. Good news for us, the sign was for yesterday and we got in at...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My daughter loves the rocks and minerals collection and the frogs sections is pretty cool too. Overall entertaining museum and they have evening parties sometimes but I have not been.

Thank OttawaCeline
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thursday nights are free but also very busy with families, kids, students. The museum is a bit run down I think. The exhibits are interesting and there are various hands-on activities to keep you engaged. They had a photography exhibit- temporary I think- that was...More

Thank MegMarTravel
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

100 % worth to check this place when you are visitting Ottawa. Lots of good nature displays. Do not forget 3D movies. Just wow!!!! Super informative place to visit with kids.

Thank Mila A
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have visited this beautifully renovated Museum numerous times,including attending a beautiful summer wedding here and it is still one of our favorites. It is fascinating! We started with the excellent Dinosaur exhilbit,and ended with the live Butterfly Walk exhibit on now until Ap 2018....More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very nice exhibit until later this Winter. Good variety of butterflies from Costa Rica and plenty of the to examine and watch fly around. The rest of the museum and in particular, the dinosaur exhibit is very entertaining.

Thank JLSoucy
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Kaichen A
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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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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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