The Canadian Museum of Nature is a part of Ottawa that is not to be missed.

  • The museum's signature galleries and special exhibitions draw visitors from around the world. Fossils and dinosaurs, mammals, birds, water, Earth—there's something here for everyone.
  • It's worth a visit for the architecture alone! The museum is a massive 100-year-old heritage building fondly known as "the castle." It's more than just a landmark; it's a piece of our collective history. Read more about this excellent example of 20th-century architecture.

Organizing a Special Trip for a Group?

  • See and learn about our many unique specimens and displays in our Gallery Highlights Tour—the most popular way to experience the museum!
  • You'll find some good-to-know info about Group Visits.
  • Group-tour organizers may also find it helpful to review the information about bus parking and drop-off (284 Kb PDF).

Contact Us
Tel.: 613.566.4701
Fax: 613.566.4798

Find out about the attractions of our permanent galleries and admire the remarkable architecture of our heritage building.
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View of the RBC Blue Water Gallery.

Group Tours

Gallery Highlights

Have one of our educators show you highlights from our fossil, water and mammal galleries.
More information.

Model of a Triceratops skull.

Nature Boutique

Shop at the Museum

Dinosaurs, fossils, minerals and more! Discover an exciting selection of toys, games, books and beautiful jewellery at the Nature Boutique.


  • 10 am – 6 pm
  • Thursdays, Fridays:
    10 am – 8 pm
Floor plan illustration.

Floor Plan

International Versions

Our floor plan is available in the following languages (PDF):