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Canadian Museum of Nature

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Address: 240 McLeod St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 2R1, Canada
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+1 613-566-4700
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09:00 - 18:00
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Thu - Fri 09:00 - 20:00
Sat - Wed 09:00 - 18:00
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Canada's national natural history museum offers world-class galleries in a...

Canada's national natural history museum offers world-class galleries in a handsome heritage "castle". Marvel at dinosaurs and other ancient reptiles in the Fossil Gallery. See grizzlies and other wild animals up close in beautiful dioramas in the Mammal Gallery. Observe hundreds of specimens in the Bird Gallery. See a real blue whale skeleton in the Water Gallery. Be dazzled by over a thousand gorgeous minerals and rocks in the Earth Gallery. Peer at an eye-popping assortment of creepy crawlies in Nature Live. Enjoy an action-packed 3D movie. Take advantage of numerous hands-on activities. Don't miss the special, travelling exhibitions. A superb destination for visitors of all ages!

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AMAZING TIME HERE!

I can't say enough about this place. It's absolutely fantastic!! We spent all afternoon here and didn't even see everything. We bought the trio package (admission, reptile... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I can't say enough about this place. It's absolutely fantastic!! We spent all afternoon here and didn't even see everything. We bought the trio package (admission, reptile exhibit, 3D movie) and it's well worth the money. Despite the place being super duper busy, it wasn't shoulder to shoulder crowded. This place is huge! 4 levels of amazing interactive exhibits for... More 

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Toronto
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We attended this museum on a Saturday afternoon and it was certainly hopping with activity. There was plenty of activity to keep each of the members within our family engaged. They enjoyed the following galleries: reptile, the water, birds, earth, and dinosaurs. We also watched the 3D movie on predators. The museum is a must see, just ensure that you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Don't even think twice. Stop and go! I had 4 children with me ages 8-12, and it was worth every penny. The museum has a few floors with left and right wings. You need at least 2 hours to finish the museum. I really can't say enough about this place. It's really well done and very interesting. The kids had... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I really enjoyed our visit to this museum. The beautiful architecture of the building is reason enough to go. The displays are really well done and even though I wasn't there with kids, I could tell there was a lot to keep them engaged. You could easily go multiple days if you wanted to read everything. The only negative I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arrived as soon as it opened which was a short line. However, by the time we left (about 2 hours) it was hopping. Kids enjoyed the reptiles, bird exhibit and Dina sours the most. A little spendy for our liking as a family of five.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A good outing for the family. They usually have some little side activities to keep your kids engaged. For some reason, I always end up getting bored after the 2-hour mark.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Whenever I'm in Ottawa with my kids we always take some time to visit the Canadian Museum of Nature, mainly because one of my sons is a huuuge dinosaurs fan, he absolutely loves it there! This time I've purchased the 3 days Museums pass as I knew that we would be spending a few days in town (app. 79$). The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Usually people think museums are boring but not this one! The museum of nature is a must when travelling to Canada capital. It's very big you can spend a whole day there and not get bored,and it's very afford able. The 4th floor is special exhibits which is like 2$ extra but it is a must. Right now for a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although a little on the costly side, both for the entrance fee and parking, the Canadian Museum of Nature has a lot to offer visitors. Both adults and children will enjoy the well-put together exhibits. Lots of hands-on space available for kids to learn and expand their knowledge base. My 6-year old daughter loved the fishing boat mock-up complete with... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum never disappoints! We visit at least once a year and it we always have a great time! The showrooms are inspiring - from dinosaurs (skeletons & life size models) to mammals, birds, ocean animals to all about our planet earth - there is so much to see! The favourite for our 5 year old son are the dinosaurs!... More 

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