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Canadian Museum of Nature

Canadian Museum of Nature

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Explore the fascinating science related to fossils, mammals, minerals, birds, plate tectonics, Arctic discovery and more in a historic building minutes from Parliament Hill.

At the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa, you'll learn about the country's wild spaces—from coast to coast to coast—through exhibits and interactive activities.

The Canada Goose Arctic Gallery immediately immerses you in a chilly atmosphere created by real ice, then shines a light on Indigenous traditions, polar bears, tundra wildflowers and more. In the Water Gallery, you can see an enormous blue whale skeleton, as well as live water creatures, including a spotted turtle and a moon jellyfish. Try to identify woodland songs and learn how to care for injured birds in the Bird Gallery. Explore a life-sized model of a limestone cave, learn how earthquakes happen or build a model volcano in the Earth Gallery. Meet live creatures such as beetles, stick insects, cockroaches and more in the Nature Live space. Then step into a tropical oasis and wander among beautiful, live butterflies.

It's like a trip across the country (and, in some cases, around the world), all in one castle-like building!

Location

Canadian Museum of Nature

Canadian Museum of Nature

240, rue McLeod
Ottawa ON K1P 6P4
Canada

Canadian Museum of Nature

Canadian Museum of Nature

240, rue McLeod
Ottawa ON K1P 6P4
Canada

More Details

Address
240 McLeod Street Ottawa
Local
Toll Free
Major credit cards accepted
Accessibility: Entry
Full
Accessibility: Washrooms
Full
Dates & Hours of Operation
From June 1 to Labour Day: open DAILY from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Thursdays until 8:00 p.m. AFTER Labour Day until May 31: CLOSED MONDAYS, except for holidays and Ontario/Quebec school breaks. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursdays until 8:00 p.m. Closed on December 25. Closed as of 2:00 p.m. on December 24.
Reservations (General Public)
Required
Reservations (Large Groups)
Required
Distance to Shaw Centre (km)
1.9
Distance to Parliament Hill (km)
2.0
Distance to airport (km)
12.0
Admission (regular adult price)
11 CAD to 15 CAD
Time Needed to Visit
2
Student Friendly
Coach Parking
Within two blocks
Comp policy for the Driver and/or the Escort
Driver only
Fully-Independent Traveller Rates Offered
Group Menu Available
Group Rates Offered
Maximum Group Size
500
Group and FIT web page
Exhibit Loading Dock Available
Outdoor Venue Available 
Number of Meeting Rooms/Private Spaces
10
Total Square Footage of Meeting Space
20000
Size of Largest Meeting Room (Square Feet)
270
Capacity of Largest Meeting Room (Reception Style)
400
Capacity of Largest Meeting Room (Theatre Style)
350
Capacity of Largest Meeting Room (8’ X 10’ Booths)
25
Capacity of Largest Meeting Room (Banquet Style)
240
Outdoor Capacity
250
Primary Type
Bistro
Restaurant capacity (Full)
60
Serves Breakfast
Daily
Serves Lunch
Daily
Meeting spaces
Space Area Banquet Theater Classroom U Shape Hollow Square Boardroom Half Rounds Reception
Activity Rooms A&B 0
Barrick Boardroom 730
Barrick Salon 2900
Earth, Water or Fossil Gallery 0
East Wing Foyer 2550
Fourth-Floor Gallery 7200
Queens' Lantern 1200
Rotunda 3479
Stone Wall Gallery 0
Theatre 1830

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