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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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I was like a big kid!

I visited here trying to find something to kill time while on a business visit on my own. I was... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Richard F
Swindon, United Kingdom
great "live" stuff

a very nice museum easy to visit, great pedagogy and it was amazing to see so many live animals... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Montreal, Canada
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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
+1 613-566-4700
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I visited here trying to find something to kill time while on a business visit on my own. I was very pleased to have come. I had a great time and learnt a lot. It's full of kids which is actually quite inspiring rather than...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

a very nice museum easy to visit, great pedagogy and it was amazing to see so many live animals compared to usual "dead" stuff in any regular museum

Thank earthflyers
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Great for families. We take our grandkids several times every year and there is always something new to enjoy or explore.

Thank Z0ltar
Reviewed 7 November 2017

2 adults and an 11 year old boy had plenty to educate and entertain them at this museum and even after 5 hours there were sections we hadn't visited. We only saw the Dinosaur, arctic, space and animal sections and all had plenty to read,...More

Thank Thundercatgo
Reviewed 7 November 2017

I love a good Nature Museum and this one did not disappoint! Lots of interesting exhibits, some of my favourites were the dinosaur/fossil exhibit and the Canadian bird exhibit. Very kid friendly, lots of interactive aspects and lots to see. Took us about 2hrs to...More

Thank A-L-G787
Reviewed 7 November 2017

I attended a wedding there recently. An awesome venue for an intimate event. Cocktails with the dinosaurs was great, and the back room was perfect for a reception. I want to go back when I can see all the exhibits.

Thank funky_canadian_guy
Reviewed 5 November 2017

Great museum which has been modernized with a free movie and free entrance after 5pm on Thursday. The exhibits are stunning with 85% genuine dinosaurs (unlike any other museum of this kind in the world). The info is concise and easy to understand. The bird...More

Thank kitsou
Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

Would definitely recommend this museum for children and teens. Unique displays shows the power of nature in interactive activities.

Thank Patricia B
Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

Convenient to downtown this historic (1905) purpose built museum is superb for its many wonderful expositions but also its architecture. If you are local, Consider the various memberships so you don’t feel compelled to rush. If you decide to visit during poor weather or weekends...More

Thank Dean T
Reviewed 30 October 2017

What a beautiful modern building....a superb piece of modern architecture. The permanent exhibits are first class. In particular there is a section specifically designed for small children. This childrens' museum section depicts daily life in communities across the globe, in a manner meaningful for kids....More

Thank Worldwatcher
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Kaichen A
20 January 2017|
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Response from cheryllynn18 | Reviewed this property |
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19 November 2016|
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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
3 August 2016|
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Response from museumofnature | Property representative |
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