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Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa

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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. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Ottawa holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Canadian Museum of Nature and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • My husband and I loved visiting this museum on our trip to Ottawa. It's so well done! It has some interactive exhibits for the kids (which we loved too :-) ) and is very informative. It's also in an.....  more
    My husband and I loved visiting this museum on our trip to Ottawa. It's so well done! It has some interactive exhibits for the kids (which we loved too :-) ) and is very informative. It's also in an.....  more »
  • Went as a family. Exhibits are complete and well presented. there are hands-on activities for the kids. Highly recommend a visit. 
    Went as a family. Exhibits are complete and well presented. there are hands-on activities for the kids. Highly recommend a visit.  more »
  • This is always a great and interesting place to go. Hands down, it is my favourite museum in the Ottawa area for sure. 
    This is always a great and interesting place to go. Hands down, it is my favourite museum in the Ottawa area for sure.  more »
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  • This place is so huge, with so many things to explore that you can easily spend 4 hours there or more. clean, beautiful, up to date. There are lots of interesting knowledge filled things to view and read about. Terrific place for kids: there are interactive stations everywhere... not just computers, but also a binocular station in the bird area, turtle viewers for jellyfish vs plastic bags, touching water creature station, real ice sculpture to walk through and touch. The staff are so approachable and so helpful. They actually like to help and do so with a smile. To add to its many amazing features, its also free every Thursday after 5. Memberships are available and a good deal if you plan to come at least 3 times in the year but keep in mind that will not include parking fees.also you may receive a discount if you're an ingenium pass holder. I will definitely recommend visiting it.
  • The Museum of Nature is an incredible place to explore and learn about the natural world. The exhibits are well-designed and informative, with interactive displays that engage visitors of all ages. The highlight for me was the dinosaur exhibit, which features life-sized models and fossils that transport you back in time to the age of these magnificent creatures. The museum also has a great collection of specimens from around the world, including rare and exotic animals. The staff at the museum are knowledgeable and friendly, always willing to answer questions and provide additional information about the exhibits. The gift shop is also worth checking out, with a wide range of nature-themed souvenirs and educational toys. Overall, I highly recommend visiting the Museum of Nature for anyone interested in science or nature. It's a great way to spend an afternoon or even a whole day exploring and learning about our amazing
  • Visiting the Canadian Museum of Nature has been one of my best experiences yet. The museum has four floors. Each floor has 2 sections facing each other. The first floor has the skeleton of dinosaurs and prehistoric animals. The second floor shows aquatic life. Other floors show the birds, mammals, and the early man. There are live creatures, animations and 3D displays which make the exhibits look so real. The videos, photos, and descriptions at the base of each exhibit provides an enjoyable learning experience. I also visited the Planet ice exhibition where I learnt about the way of life of the Inuit. It is so important to know the role of ice and indeed other elements in maintaining the ecosystem so that we can do our bit to stop climate change. Don't forget to visit the cafe on the first floor. You can grab something to eat, and also shop for mementos: clothing, mugs, toys, jewellery, games and notebooks! I will certainly visit again with my children.
  • Parking was the biggest issue and no dedicated line for ticket holders. You need a better system. Within the first 30min the first parking lot was full and the ticketing machine was broken for the second lot. (To the right of the entrance doors). This was a 20min wait before they just let us enter the parking lot without tickets. This meant that when we left we paid full $28 price for parking when I only stayed a couple hours. For the inside experience‚ĶThe sections were amazing. I love the interactivity for the kids. Very engaging. The visuals and exhibits were great.
  • I had never been to a museum before and I'm so glad this was my first opportunity. This is the best place and it's packed full of information. I loved all the displays and my most favourite was the mammals. They have a breastfeeding room complete with a changing station. It's very hard to find that now a days, the staff are very knowledgeable and super friendly. Thank you!!!

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