New requirements for visiting: 

  • Everyone aged two and older must wear a face mask 
  • Tickets must be purchased online, in advance and for a specified entry time 
  • Find out more.
View of the museum entrance.

Museum Closed

Until Feb. 2

The museum is closed temporarily because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more.

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Join Us for Ignite!

Feb. 3: Free, Online

"Enlighten us, but make it quick!" Attend flash presentations by museum experts and ask them your questions! This fun, fast-paced evening will be held online.

A screen shot from 3D 360° Self-Guided Tour.

3D 360° Self-Guided Tour

Interesting Tidbits

Take yourself on a virtual tour of the museum through a stunning 3D model with 360-degree views of the interior.

Vaccine passport visible on a smartphone.

Proof of Vaccination

What You Need to Know

Proof of vaccination and valid identification are required for those aged 12 and older to visit the museum. Details .

View of the front doors.

Regular Hours

As of February 2

Timed entry
Entry times: Every 15 minutes 


  • Wednesdays: 10 am – 4 pm
  • Thursdays: 10 am – 7 pm
  • Friday – Sunday: 10 am – 4 pm
  • Thursday and Sunday: 10 am – 11 am reserved for members 
  • Monday – Tuesday: Closed.

All exceptions.

A museum staff member at the reception desk.


Buy online

Tickets are required in advance.

Adult $16
Senior $14
Tiny Tot Free
Child $12
Student (18+) $14
Student (13+) $14
Member Free

Tax is not included.

Free admission to the permanent galleries:

  • Thursdays: 4 pm – 7 pm
  • July 1 (Canada Day)
  • September 30 (National Day for Truth and Reconciliation).
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Buy Tickets in Advance

Tickets are limited and for a specified entry time, and they must be purchased in advance. Buy tickets.

A map.

Getting Here

240 McLeod Street, Ottawa, Ontario
At the corner of McLeod and Metcalfe.

On foot: About 20 minutes (1.4 km) directly south of Parliament Hill.

More directions.


Life-sized models of the dinosaurs Daspletosaurus torosus and Vagaceratops irvinensis in our fossil gallery.

Our Exhibitions

Windows on the natural world:

  • Special temporary exhibitions 
  • Fossils 
  • Arctic 
  • Water 
  • Earth 
  • Nature Live 
  • Mammals 
  • Birds.
Composite: The footprint of the building with icons from the floor plan.

Floor Plan

Mobile-Friendly PDF

Find out what to see at the museum.

A little girl in a museum stroller.

Services for Visitors

A helpful list of things at the museum to help visitors with their visit.

Life-sized models of the dinosaur Vagaceratops irvinensis surround visitors in our fossil gallery.


  • 15 or more people:

    • Tourism professionals
    • Non-tour groups
    • School visits
  • Birthday parties

Information about group visits.

A view of Ottawa at night.

Tourist Info

Information about hotel packages, ticket packages and more to facilitate your visit to the museum and Ottawa.