About the Canadian Museum of Nature
The Canadian Museum of Nature is a national museum devoted to natural history. Located in downtown Ottawa, the historic museum building looks like a castle, with corner turrets and arched and stained glass windows, in the centre of green lawns and gardens. Well known for its spectacular dinosaur and fossil exhibits, three-quarters of which are real, the museum also hosts a peaceful bird gallery with more than 500 specimens, an exciting mammal gallery, and a glittering mineral gallery.
What to Do at the Canadian Museum of Nature
As well as exhibit galleries and special exhibits, the Canadian Museum of Nature also has
- a high-definition nature cinema
- crafts, specimen exploration and a trading post for under-14s to trade specimens from their own collections - on weekends and holidays
- a lecture series
- group tours
- Nature Café
- free Wi-Fi
Location of the Canadian Museum of Nature
Victoria Memorial Museum Building (VMMB)
240 McLeod Street
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
How to Get to the Museum of Nature
The Canadian Museum of Nature is at the corner of Metcalfe and McLeod streets. Take the Metcalfe exit from the Queensway. There is limited parking on site, but you can easily find a parking space on the street or in nearby private parking lots.
There are bus stops at the building, and the museum is just a 20-minute walk down Metcalfe Street from Parliament Hill.
Hours of Admission
- Summer (May 1 to Sept. 3): Daily 9 am to 6 pm. Thursdays and Fridays 9 am to 8 pm.
- Winter (Sept. 4 to April 30): Tuesday to Sunday 9 am to 5 pm. Thursday 9 am to 8 pm. Closed on Mondays, except for holiday Mondays. Also closed on Christmas Day and from January 7 to 11 for annual maintenance.
- Adults (18 and over): $12.00
- Students (13 and over): $10.00
- Seniors (65 and over): $10.00
- Children (3 to 12): $8.00
- Tiny Tots (under 3): free
Extra fees for special exhibitions and 3D movies.
- wheelchair accessible
- assistive listening devices for use in the high-definition cinema
To check on hours, admission fees and for further information contact:
- (613) 566-4700
- 1 800 263 4433
Official Website of the Canadian Museum of Nature