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Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa

(4.4/5 based on 1,300+ 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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  • Great as an adult, even better if you bring kids! They love it, and so do I. It's a beautiful building as well and a highly recommended activity! 
  • We go often when our nieces visit. Great museum for kids and animal lovers! Great way to spend an afternoon! They also have an adult only night once a month. 
  • Went with my wife & grandson. Our grandson at 8 years old enjoyed himself the whole time & hard to keep up with. He enjoyed the interactive stuff plus the realistic creatures from the past. Admission ...  more »
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  • This place is incredible! The building is a castle! very nice and well presented exhibits ,great way to teach kids about nature and make it very fun! The staff is very very nice! The food is good ;) Not only a great place to visit , you can also plan events such as a wedding or birthday party and make it a magical day!
  • If you live in Ottawa and think you will go here more than twice get family membership. We have membership and it means we don't feel like we have to do the whole of the museum each visit, in fact we sometimes do one exhibition and then go for lunch or shopping downtown. Kids love it and they try to keep the displays updated and refreshed as often as they can. Highly recommended.
  • What a great museum. The permanent exhibitions are stellar and they have new temporary quality exhibitions a few times a year. It gets insanely crowded on weekends especially when it rains. Go early or on a weekday.
  • 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.
  • It was awesome!! Staff was very friendly!! The exhibits are great!! Reptile exhibit just started it's amazing lots of reptiles to check out!! Cafe closes at 4pm though so get your drinks before then