A blue butterfly resting on a yellow and red flower.

Butterflies in Flight

Coming soon! Special Exhibition

Dec. 16, 2017 – April 2, 2018
Take a stroll among live butterflies! Admire their beauty, watch them eat and learn more about these fascinating insects.

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

Our Exhibitions

Windows on the natural world:
Fossils, Arctic, Water, Earth, Mammals, Birds, Nature Live and Special Exhibitions.

Close-up on heard of reindeer.


Photo Exhibition
September 23 – January 7

Discover the life and culture of Sámi reindeer herders in this temporary photo exhibition.

A butterfly on red flowers.

A Tropical Retreat at the Museum

December 16 – January 7

Wander among live butterflies, journey to the rainforest in an exciting 3D movie, relax and play in the tropical Activity Zone and much more this holiday season.

Nature Nocturne logo.

Nature Nocturne: Frost

Friday, December 29

Stimulate your curiosity, move your body at Nature Nocturne – Ottawa's coolest night out!

Group of people with Escape Manor logo.

Museum Escape Room!

Evening Adventures At The Museum

The museum is excited to once again partner with Escape Manor, to offer two unforgettable escape adventures inside the world-class galleries of our heritage "castle".

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