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Nature Café and Eating Areas

Bathed in natural light, surrounded by the imagery of trees from the museum grounds and other natural elements, our Nature Café offers visitors a unique experience.

Conveniently located on the main level, the Nature Café serves delicious meals made from the freshest organic and seasonal ingredients. Visitors enjoy a varied menu of soups, salads, sandwiches, pasta and freshly baked goods. And, we're serving Starbucks coffee.

Beer and wine are available after 11 am.

Our in-house chef creates daily specials to tantalize your taste buds and your imagination. Child-friendly meals are available.

A stop at the Nature Café will allow you and your family a great opportunity to relax and refuel during your museum visit.

The Nature Café operates in an environmentally conscious fashion using only energy-saving equipment and practices including supporting the museum's recycling program.

We do not sell bottled water. We encourage visitors to use the many water fountains located throughout the building.

Special Features

Russ Brooks © Canadian Museum of Nature


  • adjacent to the outdoor PCL Plaza, a great place to enjoy a meal or some fresh air
  • flexible seating for individuals and families (including access to highchairs)
  • fully licensed to serve alcohol
  • wireless Internet
  • free access: museum admission is not required.

Bring Your Own Lunch

  • The museum invites you to bring your own snacks and meals, which can be enjoyed in the Group Entrance, or outside on the PCL Plaza.
  • There is a microwave oven for visitor use.

Vending Machines

The Group Entrance offers visitors vending-machine services to complete your meal or for a quick snack.

Group Menus

Looking for a special group menu? Please contact our catering services to create a personalized menu: info.ottawa@gourmetcuisine.com.

Café Hours of Operation

  • Tuesday – Sunday: 9:30 am – 4 pm
  • Thursdays: 9:30 am – 7 pm

Nature Café and the eating areas are open during museum hours.

Payment Methods

Cash, debit, VISA, MasterCard, American Express.