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 at the forefront of your travel plans using our Ottawa family vacation planner.
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  • August 15, 2017
    an interesting option when the weather we stop to hang out on the street. You can lunch on the spot.
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  • August 14, 2017
    We had a wonderful morning exploring several of the displays, and thoroughly enjoyed the special exhibit on Reptiles that was a here for the spring. There was so much to see that after 3.5 hours we we...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Museum which has a total of 6 spacious halls to visit greatly equipped and charming, very particular especially the Insectarium!!!
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  • July 3, 2017
    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
  • April 15, 2017
    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!
  • July 1, 2017
    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.
  • June 4, 2017
    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!
  • July 5, 2017
    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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