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

Nature Up Close

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

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Cars

Paid parking is available on the Canadian Museum of Nature grounds.

See the map.

Rates

  • $2.50 per half hour
  • maximum of $12 per day (until 4:30 am)
  • evening flat rate: $5 (4:30 pm – 4:30 am)
  • charges accumulate (evening and next day) for vehicles that are parked overnight.

Payment methods

  • using the pay station in the museum foyer during opening hours: Cash, VISA, MasterCard
  • using the pay station at the parking-lot exit gate: VISA, MasterCard.

Please note that our parking lots fill up quickly. During busy periods, you may have to wait a short time for a spot.

Alternatively, metered street parking and private parking lots are also available nearby.

Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles

  • two stations in our west parking lot
  • 240 volts, level 2, SAE-J1772
  • an access card is required; it is available from the reception desk
  • no additional fee.


Buses

For tour and school buses, there is a passenger drop-off area on the east side of the museum.

Four bus parking spaces are available near the museum, on Metcalfe Street. The museum parking lot cannot accommodate buses. Download the map for buses (PDF).

You can also find free or paid parking for tour buses in downtown Ottawa and in Gatineau, Quebec. Visit the City of Ottawa web site for more information.

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Bicycles

Bicycle racks are iavailable for cyclists at the museum. More information about bicycles at the museum.

Disability symbol.

Visitors with Disabilities

  • The museum has reserved parking for visitors with disabilities.
  • There is a drop-off area near the main entrance 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.).