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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Visitors and a guide in our fossil gallery.

Group Tours

Gallery Highlights

A lively and animated exploration of highlights from our 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).