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Plus-One Memberships

Bring a Guest

Plus-One memberships let you bring a guest every time you visit the museum. And, your guest receives the same on-site benefits that you do. Find out more.

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Personalized Pavers

Make a donation for a personalized paver for the museum grounds.

Become a member: show the world you have a wild side. There are loads of benefits when you join the Canadian Museum of Nature.

All prices are for one year. Taxes are not included.

Plus-One Memberships: Benefits

Make your membership a plus-one membership and bring a guest (any age) every time you visit the museum.

Your guest will receive the same on-site benefits as you, the member, while visiting the museum.

Adult plus-one memberships: Receive two vouchers (in total) for tickets to Nature Nocturne. Nature Nocturne is a monthly, adults-only evening of open galleries, themed activities, dancing, food and drink.

Benefits for All Members

On-Site Benefits

  • Free admission to the museum for one year
  • Free admission to temporary blockbuster exhibitions (i.e., no special-exhibition surcharge)
  • Discount on museum programmes, including adult workshops and special lectures (where applicable, to a maximum of 20%)
  • 10 points for use at the Nature Trade
  • 10% discount at the Nature Boutique
  • 10% discount at the Nature Café.

Other Benefits

  • Subscription to the museum's electronic newsletter
  • Invitations to members-only exhibition openings and special events.
  • Free admission or other benefits at participating museums across Canada. Get the details. Sponsored by the Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada.

Discounted Memberships

Other-Museum Memberships and National Memberships are available for all categories (for example: Family, Senior, etc.), including their "plus-one" version.

Discount offers may not be combined. For example, when we are promoting free extra months upon the purchase of a membership, the promotional offer is applicable to Regular-Price Memberships, not to Other-Museum Memberships or National Memberships.

Other-Museum Membership

If you are a member of one or more of the other national museums in Ottawa and Gatineau (see below), you are eligible for 20% off the price of membership at the Canadian Museum of Nature:

  • Canada Agriculture Museum
  • Canada Aviation and Space Museum
  • Canada Science and Technology Museum
  • Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography
  • Canadian Museum of History
  • Canadian War Museum
  • National Gallery of Canada.

National Membership

If you live more than 100 km from the museum, you are eligible for 20% off the price of membership.

Membership Prices

Membership Category Regular-Price Membership Regular-Price Plus-One National Membership National Plus-One Other-Museum Membership Other-Museum Plus-One
2 adults, and children ages 17 and younger, living at the same address


$103.20 $143.20 $103.20 $143.20

2 adults living at the same address, and their grandchildren ages 17 and younger

$129 $179 $103.20




Ages 18–64
$69 $119 $55.20 $95.20 $55.20 $95.20
Ages 65+, with a senior-identification card
$40 $60 $32




1 adult and any 5 children






Ages 18–64 with a student-identification card






Taxes are not included.

Prices may change without notice.

Admission to our permanent galleries is free for one person accompanying a person with a disability. Contact us for details.

Gift Memberships

You can give membership as a gift. Buy a membership online, or buy in person at the museum.

For online purchases, the last date to buy a membership so that it will be received before December 25 (by mail) is December 15.

While waiting for the gift membership to arrive by mail, the new member(s) may visit the museum by showing the receipt and identification at the reception desk. The receipt is emailed to the purchaser at the time of purchase. We accept a hard-copy print out of the receipt or an electronic copy on a mobile device.

Otherwise, purchase the gift membership in person at the museum.

Gift Certificates

We sell gift certificates for membership and admission. Buy them

  • online
  • at the museum reception desk
  • by phone: 613.566.4700 or 1.800.263.4433 (Canada and U.S.A.).

Become a Member Now

New Member


  • Renew your membership by phone, fax, email or letter (see the contact info below)
  • or renew online (fill out the online form as though you are a new member; we will match the renewal to your existing membership).

Payment Methods

  • At the museum: Cash, debit, VISA, MasterCard, American Express
  • Online: VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover.

Contact Our Membership Office

  • Email
  • Phone 613.364.4141
  • Write
    Membership Services
    Canadian Museum of Nature
    P.O. Box 3443, Station D
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Canada K1P 6P4
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