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Canadian Museum of Nature

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Address: 240 McLeod St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 2R1, Canada
Phone Number: +1 613-566-4700
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Thu - Fri 09:00 - 20:00
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Canada's national natural history museum offers world-class galleries in a...

Canada's national natural history museum offers world-class galleries in a handsome heritage "castle". Marvel at dinosaurs and other ancient reptiles in the Fossil Gallery. See grizzlies and other wild animals up close in beautiful dioramas in the Mammal Gallery. Observe hundreds of specimens in the Bird Gallery. See a real blue whale skeleton in the Water Gallery. Be dazzled by over a thousand gorgeous minerals and rocks in the Earth Gallery. Peer at an eye-popping assortment of creepy crawlies in Nature Live. Enjoy an action-packed 3D movie. Take advantage of numerous hands-on activities. Don't miss the special, travelling exhibitions. A superb destination for visitors of all ages!

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What a great place. I like the way it is separate in different rooms so it is easier to plan the day with kids. exiting a room there is bathroom, you can stop for a snack, etc and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Candiac, Canada
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Candiac, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What a great place. I like the way it is separate in different rooms so it is easier to plan the day with kids. exiting a room there is bathroom, you can stop for a snack, etc and continue to the next room after. it is easy to navigate, a lot of large stair case and even really big elevators... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I took my 6 year old grandson to see the dinosaurs and he enjoyed all of the displays and interactive exhibits. We spent 4 hours looking around. So, yes, it is somewhat geared to young ones but isn't that the point? If we want to engage the curiosity of children we need our museums to be interesting and exciting. I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

So much to see so little time. Young babies are hard to stay focused but I had gone before so I didn't miss out but there's still alot to see, and so many different floors.

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Thank Heidi B
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The museum is very targeted at children. Any adult with basic knowledge of natural science will find the museum lacking in much to excit. Yes there are few things that are fun to look at but most wasn't that interesting or suprising. If you are an adult I highly recommend a the art or war museum more.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I loved this museum, the exhibits are quite interesting. I also went to one of their night events - if you can, do that! It's worth every cent!

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St. John's, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I went during the Reptile visit- it was really cool. A good selection of live animals! Thursday's are free- and it's a good time to go because there is a lot of good energy there

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very interesting, the reptile area is not included in the price of admission. Would like to have known this before walking all the way down to pay for access. Nice family outing.

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Frankfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum has very modern and interactive exhibitions. There are even living insects in one of the permanent exhibitions.

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Ontario, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I suppose if I was a child, I would have enjoyed some of the hands on activities, but overall, I didn't find that the museum met my expectations. I LOVE museums and I love nature but I felt like all I did was walk through the halls and look at exhibits that did not inspire me with anything. I was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed this museum last weekend. The live reptile exhibit was on and we enjoyed the variety of reptiles being shown. The ocean mammal exhibit with the blue whale skeleton is omnious and really makes you think how much we do not know about our oceans. The dinosaur exhibit is always a treat. It really shows us how insignificant... More 

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