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The museum is closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about our reopening plans.

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Parking Is Open

Our paid parking lots remain open for use during the museum's temporary closure.

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Museum Closed

Until Further Notice

The museum is closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about our reopening plans.

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Directions to the Canadian Museum of Nature

Address

240 McLeod Street
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Parking at the museum.

How to Get Here

By Car

If you are on Highway 417 (the Queensway), take the Metcalfe exit, number 119.

You can see the museum from the highway—look for a "castle" on the north side. If you are heading west, it will be on your right. If you are heading east, it will be on your left.

Consult the Google map for other routes.

GPS Coordinates

Enter the following coordinates, depending on your system:

  • Latitude: 45° 24′ 46″ North, longitude: 75° 41′ 19″ West
  • GPS data: 45° 24.780′N, 75° 41.330′W
  • WGS84 data: 45.413, -75.688833

By Bus

Bus Routes in Ottawa

OC Transpo travel planner.

The following OC Transpo buses will take you to the Canadian Museum of Nature:

  • Route 5: Bus stop near the corner of Elgin and McLeod, about 210 m from the museum
  • Route 6: Bus stop near the corner of Bank and Gladstone, about 450 m from the museum
  • Route 7: Bus stop near the corner of Bank and Gladstone, about 450 m from the museum
  • Route 14: Bus stop near the corner of Metcalfe and Gladstone, about 200 m from the museum
  • Route 55: Bus stop near the corner of O'Connor and Catherine, about 450 m from the museum
  • Route 56: Bus stop near the corner of Metcalfe and Pretoria, about 700 m from the museum
  • Route 114: Bus stop near the corner of Metcalfe and Gladstone, about 200 m from the museum.

Travel from Quebec

STO travel planner.

Multiple STO bus routes will take you to the corner of Wellington and Metcalfe streets in Ottawa. These streets meet in front of Parliament Hill.

Once in Ottawa, you can walk to the museum (details below).

Walking from Downtown

The museum is a 20-minute walk from Parliament Hill.

  • Metcalfe Street takes you directly to the main entrance of the museum.
  • Elgin and O'Connor streets take you to the perimeter of the museum grounds.

By Bicycle

Several bicycle paths run near the museum

Bicycle racks are available at the museum.

Delivery Vehicles

Delivery vehicles are to use the shipping entrance to the museum, on Argyle Avenue.

From there, an access ramp leads to the service entrance on the lower level of the museum.

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