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

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The museum's signature galleries and special exhibitions draw visitors from around the world. 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?

Gallery Highlights Tour: See and learn about our many unique specimens and displays. The tour is the most popular way to experience the museum!

Special exhibitions: Don't miss our changing roster.

Group visits: Some good-to-know info.

Bus parking and drop-off (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 Water Gallery.

Group Tours

Gallery Highlights

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

Floor plan illustration.

Floor Plan

International Versions

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

Model of a Triceratops skull.

Nature Boutique

Shop at the Museum

Dinosaurs, toys, minerals and more! Discover an exciting selection of souvenirs at the Nature Boutique.


  • 10 am – 5 pm
  • Thursdays: 10 am – 8 pm
  • Closed most Mondays.
  • Exceptions (museum hours).