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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).
Find out about the attractions of our permanent galleries and admire the remarkable architecture of our heritage building.
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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).
What's On – Highlights
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“ A must see if you're in downtown Ottawa. We walked to the museum from our hotel and we were not disappointed. We are young adults but still found the exhibits fantastic. „
– TripAdvisor (Tessa S)
“A must visit for Ottawa touring! This place will take a very good portion of your day! There's so much to see and very worth it! There's a room for everything and they have 3D movies you can watch. It's huge definitely a must see if you are touring Ottawa and have a day to spare! Also there's a nice cafe and gift shop. „
– TripAdvisor (Ashley C)
“ Educational without rubbing your face in it. This is one of ottawas most beautiful buildings. The exhibits are so well-done and presented. The staff is unobtrusive and friendly. It's a short walk from the canal and one of the nicest bridges in the city too. „
– TripAdvisor (Veganguy)
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