Canadian Museum Of Nature, Ottawa

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  • Address: 240 McLeod St, Ottawa, ON K2P 2R1, Canada
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-6135664700
  • Ticket Price: 14 USD
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Museum, Family And Kids
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About Canadian Museum Of Nature, Ottawa

The Canadian Museum of Nature is one of the most popular kids’ attractions in Ottawa with a rich collection of fossils, mineral and rocks, exhibits of wild animals, birds and insects and a stunning exhibit of the marine and fresh water fishes including a skeleton of a blue whale.

The in-house library is just what you need to unleash your inner-geek and go through the vast collection of books open to the general public. The National Herbarium of Canada is another addition to the museum and consists of a huge collection of algae, plants and bryophytes. 

Canadian Museum Of Nature Ticket Prices

General Admission Access to the permanent galleries.

  • Adult: $13.50
  • Senior (65+): $11.50
  • Student (13+): $11.50
  • Child (3–12): $9.50
  • Tiny Tot (0–2): Free
  • Member: Free
  • Taxes are not included.

Free Admission to the Permanent Galleries:

  • Thursday evenings: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • July 1 (Canada Day)
  • For one person accompanying a person with a disability

For other & detailed prices visit the official website. 

Canadian Museum Of Nature Opening and Closing Hours

Regular Hours: The boutique opens half an hour after the museum.

Exceptions: Open on Holiday Mondays:

  • October 10 (Thanksgiving Day)
  • December 26
  • January 2
  • February 20 (Family Day)
  • February 27 (during spring break in Quebec)
  • March 13 (during spring break in Ontario)
  • April 17 (Easter Monday)
  • May 22 (Victoria Day)

For changes in timings, visit the official website.  

Closed from January 9th to 13th for annual maintenance.

How To reach Canadian Museum Of Nature by Public Transport

  • By Bus: Elgin / McLeod
  • By Taxi
  • By renting a Car/ Bicycle.
  • On foot

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Canadian Museum Of Nature, Ottawa Reviews

  • Great place to take kids. There are dinosaur bones, Northern animal exhibits (not live), bugs, and more. There's a movie theatre, workshops, and usually a special exhibit (live butterflies right now). There are four floors (5 with the basement) so you might want to use the elevators if you have any health issues. The building is very interesting. Almost worth a visit on its own merits. Parking is available on site, but you do have to pay. There are a couple spots reserved for electric vehicles. Since the museum is downtown you may want to include a trip to the Art Gallery or the Market.

  • Staff are friendly and helpful. Areas are well marked and easy to get around. Exhibits are amazing and have many interactive videos and screens to further learning. Many hands on exhibits in which you are encouraged to touch items! Free coat check. Allowed to bring in outside food and beverages. Gift shop has reasonable prices.

  • Gorgeous building. Really cool place. The way it's organized is really neat. Lots of cool exhibits that will make everyone happy. Interactive insect area which seems great for kids. The Arctic area is really awesome, with actual ice that elevates the exhibits. You could spend a whole day here and still not see it all. Educational and fun spot.

  • A fantastic museum that is great for families. Many of the displays are interactive so children can enjoy them whilst informative labels for adults are on all displays. There are spacious elevators that go between all floors and the aisles are wide so it is pram friendly. If you are a local, this is a great place to take the children during the winter months. For visitors to the city, this is a must see attraction. My helpful tip. If you are from out of town the Best Western next door provides great accommodation that is within easy walking distance to the museum.

  • A very nice natural history museum. I find the geology exhibit to be top notch and very informative. On a weekday in March the museum was quiet and easy to get around in. We have screened films in the small theater in the museum and had a very pleasant experience. If you're going for a free screening, get there early as a line forms well ahead of the event and the theater is small.

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