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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
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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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Fantastic place for all ages!

This museum never disappoints! We visit at least once a year and it we always have a great time! The showrooms are inspiring - from dinosaurs (skeletons & life size models) to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Montreal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum never disappoints! We visit at least once a year and it we always have a great time! The showrooms are inspiring - from dinosaurs (skeletons & life size models) to mammals, birds, ocean animals to all about our planet earth - there is so much to see! The favourite for our 5 year old son are the dinosaurs!... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

4-year old grand-daughter was entertained but parking was full and when one person left another gets a ticket for the lot. Problem is the only spot open was handicapped so you have to wait til a second car leaves once you are in for a spot, problem is if you aren't in the right place a car that came in... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to see the Reptiles exhibit. First, the entrance fee is 13,50$ only to access the regular exhibits, which are not that great, and you have to pay an extra 6$ to get access to the reptiles exhibit. There was a great diversity of reptiles, but the exhibit was too short. I would not go back there.

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We found it really amazing how they were so innovative in bringing nature to life. The displays examine nature from many angles you would not thought of. This really holds your attention. Also be sure to catch the free movie at 2PM. It is very well done and we learned a number of new facts. The building itself is beautiful... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

lots to see and do for the kids. The reptile exhibit is an extra $6 per person, and it may not be worth it for everyone. If your kids love reptiles than it may be worth it, it they are not that excited about it then maybe skip it. the food in the cafe was pretty good but got really... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a wonderful museum! So many beautiful exhibits! Whether you are one who enjoys taking your time and reading every bit of info or one who likes to look around and take it all in, THIS IS THE PLACE FOR YOU! We have been many times and have discovered new things every time! Take advantage of their special exhibits! They... More 

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Thank JudiVA2015
Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Average time spent here about 3 hours to fully appreciate the museum. They have a wide range of exhibitions for kids and adults to equally appreciate ranging from live exhibitions to still ones. They had an additional limited time exhibition 'Reptiles'. Overall enjoyable way to pass the day with kids..both educational and interactive.

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Prince Edward County, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You'll get brain overload if you try to do the whole museum in one go! Decide what areas you are interested in and focus on these. Then come back again. Lots of learning, interactive, activities in all areas, from making volcanoes and earthquakes to identifying backyard bird calls. Highlights include the huge dinosaur area and also the overwhelming blue whale... More 

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Kingston, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was my first visit and I was surprised to see how well eveything is presented, it's like 5 museum in 1. No matter if you go by yourself, with your significant other or children, you can be sure to enjoy yourself by everything surrounding you.

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great museum to learn about fossils, animals, rocjs, etc. The extra fee to see the exhibit on reptiles was maybe not worth the extra 6$, although my daughter loved the live snakes and turtles. You can bring your own lunch and make a great day of it. Great family outing.

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