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Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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4.4/5 based on 1,200+ reviews on the web
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 at the forefront of your travel plans using our Ottawa family vacation planner.
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  • Fabulous example of a museum. Well laid out. Beautiful building with loads to keep the kids (and adults) entertained. Even better as it was free. 
  • I had been to the Museum as a kid and loved it just as much this time around. 85% of the bones used in the Dino exhibit are real which is so cool. My husband had never been and he also enjoyed it. Lot...  read more »
  • It's a beautiful Museum in a building that combined architecture of two epochs. The rooms are well mounted and it is also possible to see insects and live fish which pleases many children (and adults ;) The on-site restaurant offers a good menu at affordable price.
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  • It was good to see The cost was a tad steep. Myself and 14 year old daughter was $48.00 and we skipped the movie. Didn't have to pay for parking as we walked from the hotel. The displays were nice rocks and minerals a little too much. We love museums but students should be free. $25.00 for me I can understand. Or at least the students should be reduced. I was expecting a little more.
  • The building alone is worth seeing, a fine example of Gothic Revival, Scottish baronial architecture. Children and adults will find plenty here to occupy and delight. It is a little expensive however, it is worthwhile and it's always fun to visit the special exhibits. We have always been fortunate to find available parking but it can be problematic.
  • We had our engagement photos taken at the Museum and had such a great time and we're actually getting married there on September 10th the coordinator for the museum is very easy to deal with and extremely helpful and understanding the prices are amazing especially being able to rent rooms in the museum for the wedding ceremony and the wedding reception and I actually love going there just to see the different exhibition if you haven't been to the museum yet you absolutely have to go check out their exhibition and one of their movies you can even buy passes for the year which makes it even cheaper when you go I highly recommend the Museum of Nature for any function
  • I love this museum! Apart of having great exhibitions the building (reconstructed Neo Gothic) is beautiful. Exhibitions are very informative, interactive and really great. I brought there my 3 year old daughter and she was super excited about it! Tip: every Thursday from 5 to 8 PM admission is free for everyone.
  • Parking lot is full. You wait in an enourmous line with no information just to discover that the lot is full and they are waiting for people to leave before allowing you in. After an hour idling in the car (maybe they think this helps with fossil fuel) we get to tell front door and the line is another hour. This is at a time Google calls usually not busy. Also not cheep. Line was so long and we stood in the rain. Would never come back here. Children in the line were howling and crying cause not only were they standing around pointlessly, but they were not in line for a fun ride. Just more lines. The management here should have their own exhibit, because they are more prehistoric than the dinosaurs.
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