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Canada Travel Guide - Ontario

Canadian Museum of Nature

Explore this natural history museum and take a peek at dinosaurs, insects, birds and mammals.

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The Canadian Museum of Nature is Canada's national museum of natural sciences. Construction of this Gothic-looking "castle" - located in downtown Ottawa - was completed in 1910. Extensive renovations have been made to this historic building, including new galleries and amenities. In 2006, the museum celebrated its first major milestone - the opening of its entirely renovated West Wing, complete with the new Talisman Energy Fossil Gallery, Mammal Gallery, Bird Gallery and Discovery Zone. 2010 marks the completion of the renovation project as well as the 100th anniversary of the building's original construction. A beautiful glass "lantern" has been erected above the main entrance, evoking the memory of the original stone tower that had to be removed in 1915 due to its weight. The result of this comprehensive make-over was revealed to the public on May 22, 2010 - International Biodiversity Day. Stare at an impressive 66-foot blue whale in the new RBC Blue Water Gallery. Marvel at 1,000 exquisite minerals in the Vale Earth Gallery. Peek at creepy crawlies in the fun exhibition, Animalium. Chat with the educators and try some hands-on activities.

How to Contact
Canadian Museum of Nature
240 McLeod Street
Ottawa, K2P 2R1
Ph: 613-566-4700
Fax: 613.364.4021
Toll free: 1.800.263.4433
Web: website
Email: send email

Opening Hours
Open Tuesday to Sunday (fall/winter) from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Thursday until 8:00 p.m.
The building will be CLOSED from April 26 to May 21, 2010 to complete the final stretch of the renovation.
From May 22 to Labour Day 2010, the museum will be open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Thursday and Friday until 8:00 p.m. Fall/winter hours resume after Labour Day.