New requirements for visiting:

  • Everyone aged two and older must wear a face mask and respect social distancing
  • Tickets must be purchased online, in advance and for a specified entry time
  • Do not arrive at the museum entrance more than 10 minutes before your entry time
  • Find out more.

View of the front doors.


As of Sept. 9, 2020

Timed entry
Entry times: Every 15 minutes 


  • 10 am – 4 pm
  • Thursday and Sunday: 10 am – 11 am reserved for members 
  • Monday and Tuesday: Closed.

All exceptions.

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Buy online

Tickets are required in advance.

Adult $15
Senior $13
Tiny Tot Free
Child $11
Student (18+) $13
Student (13+) $13
Member Free

Tax is not included.

Free admission to the permanent galleries:

  • Wednesday – Friday: 2:45 pm entry time
  • July 1 (Canada Day).
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Buy Tickets in Advance

Tickets are limited and for a specified entry time, and they must be purchased in advance. Buy tickets.

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What to Expect

Before Your Visit

In order to make the most of your visit, read our Welcome Back about what to expect at the museum as we try to help keep all of us healthy.

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How to Visit

Video Featuring Martin the Moose

Get the need-to-knows of our reopened museum experience from our mascot (3 min. 34 sec.).

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Getting Here

240 McLeod Street, Ottawa, Ontario
At the corner of McLeod and Metcalfe.

On foot: About 20 minutes (1.4 km) directly south of Parliament Hill.

GPS coordinates: 45° 24.780'N, 75° 41.330'W.

More directions.


Life-sized models of the dinosaurs Daspletosaurus torosus and Vagaceratops irvinensis in our fossil gallery.

Our Exhibitions

Windows on the natural world:

  • Special temporary exhibitions 
  • Fossils 
  • Arctic 
  • Water 
  • Earth 
  • Nature Live 
  • Mammals 
  • Birds.
Two children wearing face masks looking at a dinosaur fossil in the Fossil Gallery.

Photo Scavenger Hunt

At the Museum

Show off your detective skills with this fun scavenger hunt. Follow the clues while exploring the museum!

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Floor Plan

Mobile-Friendly PDF

Find out what to see and how to move through the museum.

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Services for Families

A host of services make things easier for young families visiting the museum.

Life-sized models of the dinosaur Vagaceratops irvinensis surround visitors in our fossil gallery.


  • 15 or more people
  • Tourism professionals
  • School visits

Information about group visits.

A view of Ottawa at night.

Tourist Info

Information about hotel packages, ticket packages and more to facilitate your visit to the museum and Ottawa.