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The museum is closed until further notice because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more.

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Museum closed until further notice due to Ontario COVID restrictions

Updated January 14, 2020

The Canadian Museum of Nature will remain closed until further notice, in line with province-wide restrictions announced January 12 by the Government of Ontario.

The current shutdown is in effect until at least Feb. 11, 2021. A reopening date will be announced based on direction from the Ontario Government, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and Ottawa Public Health.

The museum looks forward to welcoming back visitors when the shutdown endsin a way that continues to provide both safe access to the museum as well as a healthy experience for visitors and staff.

During the closure, visit nature.ca/explore for at-home, nature-themed activities including games, colouring pages and crafts, as well as virtual tours of our galleries, informative videos, and other fun facts about nature.

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December 22, 2020

The Canadian Museum of Nature will close to the public starting December 26, 2020 for four weeks, in response to Monday’s province-wide shutdown announced by the Government of Ontario. The museum will reopen January 23, 2021.

As one of Canada’s national museums based in Ottawa, the museum is taking this action to ensure it contributes to the safety of the public, and the communities it serves. The museum will continue to follow guidelines from the Government of Ontario, the federal Public Health Agency of Canada, and Ottawa Public Health.

The museum will already be closed Dec. 24 and 25, so Wednesday, Dec. 23 is the last day to visit the museum and to explre the museum’s special exhibition, Planet Ice: Mysteries of the Ice Ages. It will next appear at the Ontario Science Centre in spring 2021.

The museum looks forward to welcoming back visitors when the shutdown ends, in a way that continues to provides both safe access to the museum as well as a healthy experience for visitors and staff.

During the closure, visit nature.ca/explore for at-home, nature-themed activities including games, colouring pages and crafts, as well as virtual tours of our galleries and other fun facts about nature.

For the holiday season, consider bringing some snowflake fun into your home! Make your own digital snowflake with our fun online tool, or create a traditional paper one. Find out why no two snowflakes are the same in our Science Moment with mineralogist Dr. Aaron Lussier.

Internal museum operations such as research and exhibition development, and essential services such as animal care, will continue throughout the closure.

For updates, please visit nature.ca or follow the museum on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.