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Get up close and personal with nature

If you ever want to experience a closeup look at our country’s natural heritage and history then the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa is definitely a must see.

Situated just minutes from Parliament Hill, the Victoria Memorial Museum Building is home to the Canadian Museum of Nature, Canada’s national museum of natural sciences and natural history.

An historic treasure, this stately castle is the birthplace of all of Canada’s museums.
It has played a pivotal role in the early years of Canadian science and in the building of our nation.

Fresh off an extensive renovation that had been ongoing since 2004, the new and improved Canadian Museum of Nature had a grand reopening this past May.

“The attention to the historical aspect of the work has really turned the building into a castle, which the public can clearly see from the outside,” said Sarah Grant, from the Museum’s Guest Services Department.

“The modernization of the galleries and exhibits has turned the building into a 21st century, world class museum.”

To mark the special occasion the museum introduced two new signature galleries.

The Blue Water Gallery explores the diversity of freshwater and marine life in Canada.
The centrepiece is the complete 20-metre skeleton of an adolescent blue whale, the largest animal on the planet.

The Vale Earth gallery is a specimen-rich showcase of more than 1,000 rocks and minerals, more than half of which have never been displayed publicly. The exhibition underlines the importance of geology and mineralogy and their significance in everyday life.

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