NileGuide Expert tip:
Looking for nature-themed souvenirs? The Nature Boutique offers a variety of natural objects, toys, clothing and souvenirs related to nature and the exhibitions at the Canadian Museum of Nature. Give the gift of nature with: Toys galore! Plush animals, figurines of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals, puzzles, stamps and much, much more. Scientific games that explore or re-create the natural world. A selection of books on natural history. A wide range of minerals, semi-precious stones, fossils and jewellery. Sweatshirts and ball caps featuring the museum and its exhibitions. Posters, greeting cards, post cards and other nature-related souvenirs
Seven permanent exhibit halls here trace the history of life on Earth, from its theoretical beginnings some 4,200 million years ago. A third-floor dinosaur hall is a popular highlight, with fossils, skulls, and the intact skeleton of a mastodon; an opposite gallery holds a variety of snails, bugs, spiders, and other creepy critters -- some of them still alive. Down one floor are mineral galleries and exhibits of Canadian birds and large mammals preserved by taxidermy and placed in natural settings. Kids seem to enjoy the Discovery Den activity area.
- © Frommer's 2013
- Recommended 2010