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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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Thu - Fri 09:00 - 20:00
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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Perfect place to visit on a weekend away. We went for the reptile exhibition. Really good, perfect for bad weather or children

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Perfect place to visit on a weekend away. We went for the reptile exhibition. Really good, perfect for bad weather or children

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Really enjoyed the reptile exhibit. Museum geared toward both children and adults. Lots to see here but we covered a fair bit in 2 hours. Although we did not have young children in our group, the children we saw were clearly enjoying themselves. Loved the architecture.

Thank Beth O
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting and educational. Excellent and informative displays. Kids will love the dinosuar and animal displays, decent cafeteria style diner.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My kids' favourite museum. Took my sister and niece (who were visiting from out of town) and they loved it.

Thank Gregsky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I'd give the Museum of Nature 6 stars if I could. The temporary exhibit on reptiles is beyond wonderful - and get there near 11 to see the snakes being fed! - and the whole place is well organized so that you learn plenty. The written information is not dumbed down but also not overlong nor too detailed. (Only one... More 

Thank RJMor
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located in Ottawa in the fanciful, castle-like Victoria Memorial Museum Building on McLeod Street, the Canadian Museum of Nature is Canada’s national natural history and natural sciences museum. Its four main collections (botany, mineralogy, palaeontology, and zoology) were started by the Geological Survey of Canada in 1856 and now include about 14.6 million specimens. A visit to the Canadian Museum... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My partner and I visited here on a very snowy day and the woolly mammoth outside looked very at home. It was very reasonable entry fee and if you wish to leave your coat etc there is a place for this. Well set out and signed and you get a wee map on entry. We payed for the option which... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I checked in Trip Advisor to see what reviews said about this place. They seemed positive so we checked the hours both on line and in a booklet obtained in the hotel lobby. The info indicated that the museum would be open so we walked in the blustery cold weather the 500 metres or so to the... More 

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

Thank for your feedback. It’s unfortunate that the information you had on hand regarding our museum hours was misleading. Our web page http://nature.ca/en/plan-your-visit/hours does indicate that we are closed during the fall and winter months (except for holidays). Our lure brochure, found in all of the tourist brochure racks in downtown Ottawa, also specifically indicates our hours of operation. Perhaps... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited on my own and had a brilliant experience. Time just flew. Great interactive exhibition on the Dinosaurs, for all ages to engage with. Also visited the mammals of Canada. Had a lovely fresh salad in the cafe, which was resonable priced. Only regret was that I couldn't share the day with my grandchildren. We will be back.

Thank kimshropshire
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Although we felt bad for the turtles in the reptile exhibition having to stay in such a small area the whole family was in complete aw over the minerals and rocks. Probably the best exhibition of rocks we have ever seen. Still can't figure out why they don't have an orca in the whale area.

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museumofnature, communications officer at Canadian Museum of Nature, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments and for your appreciation of our Earth Gallery – with more than 1,000 minerals and rocks on display from our national collection, it is a remarkable exhibition. With respect to the turtles in the Reptiles exhibition, we do take the utmost care to ensure the welfare of all live animals. The exhibition was created by... More 

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