This is part of our Free Time Thursdays – Ottawa Museum Series
This week took us to the Canadian Museum of Nature. Originally constructed in 1905, it was completely renovated in 2010 and remains one of Ottawa’s most popular landmarks.
This was very evident by how busy the museum was. Definitely the busiest museum yet.
The Museum of Nature is located at 240 McLeod St. Telephone numbers are 613-566-4700 or 1-800-263-4433 (toll-free in Canada and US)
Freetime on Thursdays for the Canadian Museum of Nature is 5 – 8 pm. $5 flat fee for parking is from 4:30 pm.
There is a section of the museum that is not included with freetime, but don’t worry there is so much to do and see you’ll barely notice being shued away.
On the main level is where the Talism Energy Fossil Gallery is. This is where the dinosaurs are. The towering fossils are mesmerizing thinking on how they once roamed the earth; seeing the variety of species that once lived in tense harmony.
No matter our beliefs, evidence proves the dinosaurs did exist.
Children obviously love this area. I watched with amused interest as an approximately 4 year old youngster ran from fossil to fossil correctly chiming out their names. I was pretty impressed with the lad. The names have never sunk into my head.
The skeleton of the turtle was interesting. Definitely the largest turtle I’ve ever seen. My daughter loves turtles, but I doubt she’d want this one crawling towards her
Each section of the museum has many interactive activities to learn with. It wouldn’t be possible to do them all in the three hours. Good thing you can divide and conquer in many free trips.
We grabbed the elevator and went up to the fourth floor, hoping to get ahead of the free time rush; we quickly learned the whole museum was busy.
Part of the top floor was under construction.
The fourth floor holds my second favourite part.
The Bird Gallery holds much interest for me. I’m often called the bird lady by close friends and family. One thing I learned was the red winged black bird is always male. The female is brownish gray.
Also on the fourth level is the Animalium.
This is where the live insects, arachnids and slugs are.
Many squeals of disgust can be heard as each tank is examined. From the Madagascar hissing cockroach
to the slug the size of my hand to the twig bugs crawling over each other, you will not be disappointed, you will indeed get the heebeegeebees.
The index lists a children’s section with toys and books is also located here.
Third floor is home to my favourite section, The Vale Earth Gallery.
sometimes breathtaking gems and minerals.
The world can be very beautiful.
Aren’t they far out?
The special exhibit is also on this floor. I believe an extra amount could be paid should you really want to see it. I didn’t look into that.The second floor hosts mammals from land to sea.
The Mammal Gallery shows majestic Canadian land animals in realistic dyoramas.
Each scene so lifelike you’re expecting the animals to move. Aside from the dinosaurs this is the section I remember most from yearly school trips to the museum. I’ve always spied out of the corner of my eye just in case they are tricking us.
Lastly we went into the RBC Blue Water Gallery.
The skeleton of the blue whale is quite impressive and leaves no doubt it’s the largest and heaviest mammal that has ever existed.
As with each section, there are many interactive exhibits to help you understand marine life from the tiny krill to the massive blue whale. Water is something every life class needs, and ensuring there is fresh water far into the future benefits us all.
The Canadian Museum of Nature holds something for every age.