Canadian Museum of Nature

Prepare to be awe-struck by the power and beauty of our planet at the Canadian Museum of Nature. Housed in the Victoria Memorial Museum Building, but known to locals as “the castle,” this impressive limestone building (built in 1905, and beautifully renovated in 2010) is a true Ottawa landmark. The world-class display of galleries and exhibitions will be sure to delight visitors of all ages.

As you explore galleries representing all corners of the natural world, you will have the chance to:
- Admire the skeleton of the world’s largest animal—the blue whale— in the RBC Blue Water Gallery
- Be dazzled by colourful rocks and minerals from around the world in the Vale Earth Gallery
- Walk amongst prehistoric dinosaurs, including over 30 complete skeletons, in the Talisman Energy Fossil Gallery 
- Try not to squirm at the collection of insects, slugs, and arachnids in the Animalium
- And much more! 
With so much to see and do, be sure to schedule plenty of time for your next visit to the Canadian Museum of Nature… you will not be disappointed! 

Prepare to be awe-struck by the power and beauty of our planet at the Canadian Museum of Nature. Housed in the Victoria Memorial Museum Building, but known to locals as “the castle,” this impressive limestone building (built in 1905, and beautifully renovated in 2010) is a true Ottawa landmark. The world-class display of galleries and exhibitions will be sure to delight visitors of all ages.

As you explore galleries representing all corners of the natural world, you will have the chance to:

  •  Admire the skeleton of the world’s largest animal—the blue whale— in the RBC Blue Water Gallery
  •  Be dazzled by colourful rocks and minerals from around the world in the Vale Earth Gallery
  • Walk amongst prehistoric dinosaurs, including over 30 complete skeletons, in the Talisman Energy Fossil Gallery 
  • Try not to squirm at the collection of insects, slugs, and arachnids in the Animalium
  • And much more! 

With so much to see and do, be sure to schedule plenty of time for your next visit to the Canadian Museum of Nature… you will not be disappointed! 

Note: Museum is closed on December 25

240 McLeod Street, Ottawa, ON, K1P 6P4

Tel: (613) 566 - 4700

       1-800-263-4433

Tues - Sun: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Thurs: 9:00am - 8:00pm

Mon: Closed until June 1