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Canadian Museum of Nature
Back on July 1st, we decided to take advantage of the fact that museums in our former hometown were open for free. To celebrate Canada Day we decided to visit the Canadian Museum of Nature which has been revamped in recent years.
I hadn’t set foot in that museum for over 15 years – not even it got reopened after the major renovations a couple of years ago. Knowing that we would be moving in a near future, we thought it would be a great time to discover the new and improved Canadian Museum of Nature.
Though the entrance brought back memories of when I was younger, you can see that many things have changed. I was disappointed to learn that the famous bee hive was gone but quickly got over it when I discovered that the museum has done a great work with the presentation of its animal collection. We decided to start at the top of the museum and slowly go down as we explored the levels.
The first exposition we went to was the birds. Via interaction and observation, we discovered numerous birds and their differences. We also explored the rocks and minerals section, the life in the sea, the land animals as well as the bug section.
Each and every single section had interactive learning experiences. But the one that impressed me the most were definitively the computer screen which provided lots of information on a specific items that you could select yourself. Whether it was a bird or a rock, the interaction with the touch screens were fabulous, the information detailed and the learning experience was fantastic!
Also at the museum, you can see the gold piece of money that is worth one million dollar. It weighs 100 kilogram and contains pure gold at 99,999%. The size is 53 cm and the thickness is 3 cm. Only five pieces were made back in 2007. This one belongs to Barrick Gold which is the most important supplier of gold in the world.
We also went to the exposition of the Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year which contained 30 outstanding photographs from the annual contest. Also available at the museum are a special exposition on whales which you have to pay extra to see it and the theater which shows 3-D movies (again you will have to pay extra for this as well!).
The Canadian Museum of Nature is located at 240 McLeod Street, Ottawa, ON. Admission is 12$ for adults and 8$ for a child. The museum is open from 9am to 6pm most days.