Canadian Museum of Nature
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What You Should Know
The Canadian Museum of Nature showcases Canada’s natural history treasures through world-class galleries. Enjoy the RBC Blue Water Gallery, Vale Earth Gallery, Talisman Energy Fossil Gallery, Mammal Gallery, Bird Gallery and Animalium. Hands-on activities keep minds and hands busy in the lab and in the Discovery Zone. Don’t miss the amazing 3D movies that will awe you with fast-paced action and incredible animation. Be sure to visit the special exhibition, Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters, on view until May 5, 2013. Opening on May 31, 2013: Edward Burtynsky: Oil. Suggested length of visit: at least two hours.
SUMMER (May 1st to Labour Day)
Daily for 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays until 8:00 p.m.
Museum Closed Mondays (except holidays) after Labour Day in September to April 30, December 24 at 2 pm, December 25; and the second week in January for annual maintenance.
WINTER After Labour Day to April 30
Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursdays until 8:00 p.m.
Adult - $12; student - $10; senior - $10; child - $8; under 2 – free.
Additional fee applies for special exhibitions such as Nature Unleashed and Edward Burtynsky: Oil.
NOTE: Thursdays 5 pm to 8 pm: free general admssion (special admission fee still applies).
Parking: Maximum: $12
Victoria Memorial Museum Building
240 McLeod Street (at Metcalfe Street)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Wheelchair access, washrooms, Nature Café, boutique, parking, outdoor picnic area.
Advance bookings for school groups; special group package rates. (613) 566-4701 or 1.800.263.4433 (in Canada and USA).
Did You Know?
- The Museum of Nature's collection is one of the largest repositories of animals, plants and minerals in Canada. The collection includes roughly ten million specimens!
- Beavers were once as big as black bears. The Museum has skeleton remains of "giant beaver" that were the ancestors of Canada's national symbol.
- The Museum's specimens are not just for display -- they are the scientific yardstick against which all biological and mineralogical research in Canada is measured.
- The Museum carries out research around the world. You're as likely to find Canadian scientists diving under the ice of the Antarctic or collecting beetles in South America as observing wildlife in the Arctic.
- The Museum is located exactly 1.6 kilometres from Parliament Hill and, after fire destroyed the Parliament Buildings, served as Parliament's second home from 1916 to 1920.
Getting In Touch with Canada's Nature
The Museum traces its roots to 1841, when Queen Victoria made a grant of ,£1500 for the "creation of the Geological and Natural History Survey of the Province of Canada." Since then, it has assembled a vast collection of specimens and scientific expertise on virtually every aspect of Canada's natural sciences.
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Location(s) of Business
240 McLeod Street,Ottawa,Ontario,K1P 6P4museumofnature-052009
Join us for a trivia night that's all about whales! Bring a team of 2 to 8 people. Visit the Whales Tohora exhibition beforehand for lots of whale facts. Reservations recommended as space is limited: 613-566-4791. This event is free but there is a fee to visit Whales Tohora.