Canadian Museum of Nature
Speciality Museums • Natural History Museums • Science Museums
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9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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The Canadian Museum of Nature is open. Discover our special exhibition, Planet Ice: Mysteries of the Ice Ages, runs to January 8 2023. Enjoy our seven world-class galleries, from dinosaurs, to birds, to live bugs, Canada's Arctic and more. Timed ticketing is in effect - book in advance to save time and skip the line! Masks are encouraged, but not required.
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HH
3 contributions
Oct 2022
It was an incredible experience. We only expected to stay for a few hours but ended up spending the whole day. The rock collection is especially impressive. Could easily go back and spend another day.
Written 4 November 2022
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Shelley MacDonald
4 contributions
Oct 2022 • Solo
A definite must see. Spent 3 hours ..to absorb everything. Historical, poignant pictures and sculpture.
Written 23 October 2022
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Stephanie L
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Oct 2022 • Family
Unfortunately it seems that children are not welcome at this museum. I drove from an hour away with my sister-in-law and our group of children, excited for a fun homeschool outing. Our young children were doing amazing - staying together as a group, keeping volume low and being very respectful of the exhibits. At one point the three year old scurried excitedly to the next closest exhibit and a security guard immediately came over and told us we would have to leave if a child ran again as everything is very expensive and they didn’t want anything destroyed. He was told this child was not running out of control but is very young and was simply in a hurry to see the next thing. The security guard left and came back with a supervisor who, despite our explanation, told us we would be watched for the remainder of our time and if another child was seen running, we would immediately be escorted out of the building. Unfortunately we had to spend the remainder of our day policing every step of our very well behaved kids in fear we would be asked to leave, which would be a huge disappointment for a great group of kids who very much had looked forward to this day.

I’m very disappointed in the behaviour of these staff and will be hesitant to attend this museum again.
Written 14 October 2022
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Sarah L
Bedford, UK77 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Great museum, easy to spend a few hours here, my favourite section was the water gallery, especially as they talk about plastics and the impact on the oceans. Great museum!
Written 30 September 2022
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David K
Ontario, Canada9 contributions
Sep 2022
My wife and I found the museum extremely interesting, with all exhibits providing many forms of information presentation. Having brief recorded presentations from individuals who work for the museum was a great bonus.
Written 14 September 2022
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Beth P
35 contributions
Sep 2022
This is a beautiful museum, well laid out. As someone in a wheelchair, it was easy to get around. Doors opened automatically, and the elevators were comfortably large. There were a lot of hanging exhibits, which I found hard to access; leaning that far back was not always comfortable. There was a good amount of information available; much of this was interactive.
Written 13 September 2022
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A C
Ontario, Canada6 contributions
Sep 2022
The 'Victoria Museum' (in which the Museum of Nature is housed) is itself an exhibit worthy of attention. The displays--particularly of minerals and, of course, ancient animal fossils--are well laid out and family friendly. One of the highlights of any visit to Ottawa.
Written 5 September 2022
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I9917TWbarbaram
15 contributions
Aug 2022
We went on a free night (have to get tickets in advance for this) which was good since we found this museum to be just OK. The museum is geared toward children so wasn't so entertaining to us as adults. If you have kids, this is a good stop for you.
Written 30 August 2022
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Lovey326
Kingston, ON123 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
We visited on a Saturday, just myself and my 10yr old daughter. We ended up spending the full day on site and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The exhibits were spaced out nicely, the place was clean and we had a great time.
We ate at the Cafe for lunch and although the prices were high, the food was great.
The Planet Ice exhibit, neither of us felt it was worth the extra $ we paid. We felt a lot of the information was seen elsewhere at the museum and it was very underwhelming.
The gift shop was extremely expensive. $21+ for a tiny stuffed toy the equivalent of something you would find at the Dollarama.
So go for the day, enjoy, skip the Planet Ice and giftshop. Be sure to check out Bugs exhibit in level 0. So cool
Written 30 August 2022
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Tammy S
8 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
The museum is just what it says a museum of nature. Their displays on the First Nations people was very interesting, especially the videos of interviews.
Written 28 August 2022
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Canadian Museum of Nature is open:
  • Wed - Wed 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Thu - Thu 9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Fri - Mon 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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