Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa

4.5
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Established in 1912, Canadian Museum of Nature occupies the grandiose Victoria Memorial Museum Building, described as Scottish Baronial in style and designated as a National Historic Site. Admire the ornate, palace-like building, and explore the exhibit rooms that feature numerous displays about all aspects of natural history. Discover an abundant collection of fossils and dinosaur skeletons, view over 500 taxidermies and dioramas of native wild mammals and birds, and observe an array of rocks and minerals. The marine life exhibit boasts a blue whale skeleton, while the Animalium houses a collection of live insects and arachnids. Put Canadian Museum of Nature into our Ottawa online journey planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • The museum was great all round, some really interesting exhibits. The thing that stood out the most was the butterfly exhibition, you could go and walk around with the butterflies flying all around yo...  more »
  • This castle museum features soo many exhibits that you won't be disappointing - featuring the old favourites like the creepy bug exhibits to the expansive displays on birds, north American wildlife an...  more »
  • This Museum does not disappoint. There is something for everyone. Just beware, that if you are afraid of heights, this building may not be for you. It has 4 floors and lots to see. We went at 5pm on a...  more »
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  • What a wonderful museum! My husband and I went here to celebrate our New years together. We love going to a variety of events in Ottawa and it's really nice that the city has so many museums. we like to read and spend our time learning about animals, nature and just how wonderful the world is. this museum is perfect for children, of all ages. It's all so wonderful for adults and seniors. There's lots of room to move around in the museum which is good. And there's lots to see as well we spent the whole day here which is wonderful because we definitely utilize the entire day by the end of it we were hungry and ready to go back to the hotel with our wonderful experience. There's tons of animal casts here, insects, underwater creatures, and overall a great gift shop as well. I haven't tried the food here although I would like to at some point. A great museum everyone should see it at least once.
  • This museum always has great special exhibitions, such as the current live butterfly exhibit and slow animal exhibit (sloths, lizards, etc.). It also offers interesting 3D movies as well as nocturnal adventures (sleepovers among the dinosaurs and other excellent permanent exhibits with mystery challenge games and pumping hit music/lights in the background. Where else in Canada can you get something like this in a castle (sort of). Good fun! The best value is the annual membership packages. Mine is Senior + One, meaning I can take someone of any age as my free guest. There is a good licenced restaurant on site (with vegetarian options), as well as a museum gift shop.
  • We went during the free hours from 5-8pm on a Thursday and could've likely used 1 hour more as there were just so many interesting and interactive exhibits. The prehistoric animals on the first floor were really fascinating as well as the insect exhibit. You can get parking for $3 (anytime from 4pm to midnight) just a few minutes away at the lot at the corner of O'Connor and Catherine.
  • There is a huge selection in the exposition. There are activities worth an entire day in the museum. You’ll need the time if you want to go through everything. It is quite interactive so you don’t get bored. The movie theater was somewhat disappointing, I was expecting something more exciting. Overall, it was a great experience!
  • Amazing museum, must go if you travel to Canada! Not just very helpful for the kids but adults also. So many things to see and learn. I love the Gem room, have never seen so many wonderful gems like that, hundreds of them, beautiful and unique. Very nice building from outside views and a historic place. But crowded at the weekends and not much parking spots, so you should visit at the weekdays and spend couple of hours there. Clean restroom and has a cafeteria in site with a souvenir shop.
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