Canadian Museum of Nature / Musée canadien de la nature, Ottawa

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Established in 1912, Canadian Museum of Nature / Musée canadien de la 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 / Musée canadien de la 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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  • 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...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • I hadn't visited this museum for many years before today. I can tell you that it has only gotten better. The exhibits are clean and well thought out. There is something for everyone; there are interactive parts for the kids, live insects, all kinds of fossils (including dinosaurs) 3d films in the basement -$4 extra. The food in the cafe is fresh and flavorful. All in all, a great place to visit. Parking around 14 bucks and you'll want a few hours to look around
  • Stunning museum and best in Ottawa, in my humble opinion. The exhibitions are incredible, the artwork and the details to make each one look as realistic as possible really do make the $15 entry worthwhile. The insects aren't stuffed, just a fair warning if you're not into seeing live roaches and tarantulas. You'll need 2-3hrs to see it all without rushing through, if you have kids then more than 3hrs since there are plenty of interactive games for them along the way. I saw the whole thing twice over because it was just that incredible! There's even a picnic area inside if you prefer to bring your own food. Loved it all, the building alone is a real sight!
  • A nice interactive museum for all. Staff were excellent!! Exhibits are very well done! A nice architectural building. We had a great time. And the picnic area for if you brought your own lunch is such a great idea with sinks available to wash up afterwards.
  • The most fun I have ever had a museum! We spent about 4 hours walking through the whole place and may not have seen everything. Theres a big focus on the science behind the exhibits (earth's formation in the space exhibit, natural selection's role in adaptions in the animal exhibits) which I loved. It's a great place for people of all ages to learn and see some terrific things!
  • Fantastic museum. We all really enjoyed the new Arctic exhibit. The kids enjoyed hunting for bugs in their cages and the rock displays. There is a large variety of things to see.

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