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National Geographic Lists Canadian Museum of Nature as Top-10 Family Destination

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The newly renovated Canadian Museum of Nature has caught the eye of the venerable National Geographic organization.

At its online travel site, National Geographic has named a visit to the museum as one of Ontario's Top-10 family activities. It cites the museum as a "natural history playground in the heart of Ottawa" with engaging permanent exhibitions that emphasize interactivity and hands-on learning.

The museum reopened in May 2010 following extensive renovations. Since then, more than 650 000 visitors have explored galleries about Canada's natural environments within the museum's century-old gothic castle, which has been refitted with a new café, boutique and modern visitor amenities.

This summer, visitors are marvelling at Extreme Mammals, a new blockbuster travelling exhibition that is in Canada for the first time. This travelling show is at the museum until November 6, 2011, and features the unique adaptations of weird and wonderful mammals, some living, others extinct. Extreme Mammals was produced by the American Museum of Natural History in New York, in collaboration with the Canadian Museum of Nature, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the California Academy of Sciences.

When not touring galleries or participating in educational activities, visitors this summer can also enjoy the museum's new movie feature, Dinosaurs 3D: Giants of Patagonia.

The museum shares National Geographic's Top-10 Ontario spotlight with other attractions including Ottawa's Rideau Canal, the Toronto Zoo and Science North in Sudbury, as well as activities such as canoeing in Algonquin Park and attending an Ontario Hockey League game.

Read the full citation at http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/top-10.