Canadian Museum of Nature Tours
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Explore the Great White North’s many wonders at the Canadian Museum of Nature. Set in a historic castle in Ottawa, this five-story museum focuses on the country’s natural history with a fossil gallery, a water gallery (where you can see a blue whale skeleton), mineral displays, and an array of other exhibits.
The museum offers an interactive and educational experience for visitors of all ages with seven permanent galleries and a variety of temporary exhibitions featuring everything from live butterflies to Inuit art.The museum’s 3D theater shows educational films focused on topics like volcanoes and flying dinosaurs. Visit on a self-guided tour or as part of a hop-on-hop-off bus tour of Ottawa.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Canadian Museum of Nature is a must-see for nature lovers and history buffs.
- Guests must purchase separate tickets (or an admission combo pack) to see special exhibits or movies at the 3D theater.
- All areas of the museum are wheelchair and stroller accessible, and both conveyances are available to borrow, free of charge.
- The museum has free Wi-Fi and a charging station.
- You can bring your own snacks and lunch to eat in one of the museum’s designated areas or fuel up at the on-site cafe.
- Admission to the museum’s permanent galleries is free on Thursdays after 5pm.
How to Get There
The museum is easily accessible from downtown Ottawa or the Queensway (also known as the Trans-Canada Highway or Highway 417). If coming from the highway, take the Metcalfe exit. If visiting from downtown Ottawa, follow Metcalfe Street to the museum, which is visible from a distance. There are also numerous OC Transpo buses that will take you within one or two blocks of the museum.
When to Get There
The museum is open year-round with hours varying by the season. Special events and temporary exhibits take place throughout the year, so look at the museum’s calendar before your visit to see what is scheduled.
Must-See Museums in Ottawa
Museum lovers should consider purchasing Canada’s National Museums Passport, which lets you pick three of the city’s seven national museums and visit them anytime during a 3-day period. Then, after visiting the Canadian Museum of Nature, you can delve into the country’s past at the Canadian Museum of History and see the nation’s top art at the National Gallery of Canada.
Address: 240 McLeod St., Ottawa K2P 2R1, Canada
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1 Tours and Activities to Experience Canadian Museum of Nature
The diverse wonders of Canada are on display at the national natural history museum. Such a vast country requires a vast museum, and the Canadian Museum of Nature delivers. Explore five floors full of galleries showcasing the geology, history, and climates of Canada. Hands-on and interactive displays help all ages learn more about Canada and nature.
The Rideau Canal links Canada’s capital—Ottawa—with majestic Lake Ontario. On this tour, cruise in comfort along the UNESCO World Heritage–listed waterway and admire sweeping views over top attractions including the Canadian Museum of Nature, Château Laurier, Dow’s Lake, and the National Arts Centre. Along the way, listen as your guide sheds light on centuries of colorful Canadian history.
Taking safety measures
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Should I book Canadian Museum of Nature tickets in advance?
We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Canadian Museum of Nature can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 1 Canadian Museum of Nature tickets and tours on Viator.
How much does it cost to visit Canadian Museum of Nature 2020?
Currently, an entrance ticket to Canadian Museum of Nature costs USD 13.32. Guided Canadian Museum of Nature tours start around USD 13.32 per person. See all 1 Canadian Museum of Nature tickets and tours on Viator.
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