The eyes of a Northern Saw-whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus).

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Rare fossils, live animals, wonders of the Earth and the oceans: nature is showcased in our galleries and exhibitions.

A polar bear (Ursus maritimus).

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Directions to the Canadian Museum of Nature

Address

240 McLeod Street
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

How to Get Here

By Car

If you are on Highway 417 (the Queensway), take the Metcalfe exit, no. 119.

You can see the museum from the highway—look for a "castle" on the north side. If you are heading west, it will be on your right, and if you are heading east, it will be on your left.

Consult the Google map for other routes.

GPS Coordinates

Enter the following coordinates, depending on your system:
Latitude: 45° 24' 46" North, longitude: 75° 41' 19" West
GPS data: 45° 24.780'N, 75° 41.330'W
WGS84 data: 45.413, -75.688833

Parking

Parking at the museum.

By Bus

The following OC Transpo buses will take you to the Canadian Museum of Nature:

Route 5, 6: Bus stop at the corner of Elgin and McLeod, one block from the museum
Route 14: Bus stop at the corner of Gladstone and Metcalfe, one block from the museum
Route 1, 7: Bus stop at the corner of Bank and McLeod, two blocks from the museum

OC Transpo maps and schedules.

Walking from Downtown

The museum is a 20-minute walk from Parliament Hill.

  • Metcalfe Street takes you directly to the main entrance of the museum.
  • Elgin and O'Connor streets take you to the perimeter of the museum grounds.

By Bicycle

  • Several bicycle paths run near the museum. More information about the pathway network.
  • The museum has two stations in the Bixi Bike network of self-serve bicycle rentals. The service is suspended in winter; it will resume in April 2014.
  • Bicycle racks are available at the museum.

Delivery Vehicles

Delivery vehicles are to use the rear entrance to the museum, on Argyle Avenue.

From there, an access ramp leads to the service entrance on the lower level of the museum.

Contact Us

  • 613.566.4700
  • 1.800.263.4433 (toll-free in Canada/U.S.A.)
  • TTY: 613.566. 4770
  • TTY: 1.866.600.8801 (toll-free in Canada/U.S.A.).