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17 Aug, 2012

A giveaway from our friends at the Museum of Nature

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Fishbowl patrons|Giveaways and product reviews

Thanks for your entries! We have a winner!

Some of you may already be familiar with the Museum of Nature. They are a patron of the Fishbowl and a great member of the Ottawa community. They are so passionate about sharing knowledge and making learning fun. There are always plenty of interesting things going on there no matter if you are an armchair scientist or a parent of curious kids.

The museum is one of my favourite places in Ottawa and my family has spent many many enjoyable hours there. We like to make a point of checking out the temporary exhibitions too because we are always guaranteed to enjoy ourselves and learn something new.

Have you seen Whales Tohora yet? I wrote about it when it first opened. This exhibition was developed by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and features two huge sperm whale skeletons, 20 whale skulls, precious Maori artifacts made from whalebone, and lots of interactive exhibits that will be of great interest to visitors of all ages.

The exhibition ends September 3. Do you want to catch the whales before they go?

Related: at what other point in your life will you have an opportunity to climb inside a life-sized replica of whale heart? (My eldest daughter just saw this photo on the screen and said: “I remember that. It was awesome.”) It was indeed.

Whale heart at the Museum of Nature

I have four admissions to give to one family. (This includes admission to Whales Tohora as well as the permanent galleries but not the 3D movies… ok?) This giveaway has a total value of $72 but the memories you’ll make at the museum will be priceless.

Would you like to win? I thought so.

  • In order for your entry to qualify, please use the comments field below to tell us what you love best about the Museum of Nature or about a favourite memory you have of some time you spent there. Or both. :)
  • This giveaway is void in Quebec, sorry.
  • If you can’t post your comment for whatever reason you can email it to me for posting at andrea at quietfish dot com. Please note, I cannot be responsible if your entry is misdirected or gets stuck in my Spam folder!
  • One entry per person please! We want lots of people to have the opportunity to win.
  • Good karma goes to those who tweet or post about this on Facebook. Did you know that the Museum of Nature is on Facebook and Twitter too? If you want advance notice of cool things happening there, contests, and other great insider scoop I strongly suggest you follow them.

That’s it! I will do a random draw of qualifying comments using Random.org at noon EST on Friday August 24, 2012.

Thank you to our friends at the Museum of Nature for this great family-friendly giveaway!

Now, over to you!

48 Responses to "A giveaway from our friends at the Museum of Nature"

1 | Mel

August 17th, 2012 at 9:47 am


awesome! We had my daughter’s 7th birthday there in June. It was a great party but we didn’t have time to see the whale exhibit.

2 | Cleo

August 17th, 2012 at 9:54 am


My favourite part of the museum is, ironically, the whale skeleton hanging in the water exhibit with the missing tail painted in on the floor.

I would LOVE to take my kids and my aunt visiting from Scotland. My fingers are really crossed for this one!

3 | Tara Lapointe

August 17th, 2012 at 10:00 am


We have been bringing my son to the Museum since he was a toddler.

One of my favourite memories was when he just started talking and walked around the museum pointing at everything and saying “Oh Wow!”. This is the feeling Iget everytime we go and discover something new.

We’d love to see the Whales!

4 | Matthew Johnson

August 17th, 2012 at 10:06 am


I’ve been going to this museum since I was a baby and it’s a favourite with both of our kids. My favourite memory is the long-vanished cartoon from the “Museum of Man” side, way back in the day… “On parle un lousy French!” (That and the immigation simulation game that was more lethal than “Oregon Trail.”)

5 | karen

August 17th, 2012 at 10:25 am


my sons loves the bugs!! it’s always a struggle to get him out of that exhibit.

6 | Carla

August 17th, 2012 at 10:31 am


Oh, we would love to go to the exhibit! I have fond memories of going to the museum when my oldest was three and my second was under 1 and how we played in the dinosaur area: I sat to feed the baby while the 3 yo went around lookin at the dinosaurs and she would run to each and come back to me, and it just fell a bit magical, it’s hard to describe. We particularly love the fish tanks in the lunch area, so much to watch!

7 | Tiana

August 17th, 2012 at 10:31 am


My favorite thing about visiting this museum is walking around the dinosaur exhibit with Bobby. He has absorbed so much from Dinosaur Train that he can identify most of the skeletons without being able to read.

8 | alison

August 17th, 2012 at 10:34 am


I love the mammals! My favourite case has the Mustelids in it: the ermine, weasel, marten, fisher and wolverine. Because of visits to that display, I was able to identify martens when the darted out in front of my car one sunny morning on Old Carp Road. And the scary looking fisher has served as a reminder for the girls to make sure the cats are back in the house before nightfall.

9 | Krista

August 17th, 2012 at 10:37 am


We haven’t been to the “castle” museum as my kids call it, for quite awhile – it’s time to go back! The last time we visited there was a breathtaking exhibit of gemstones, rocks, crystals etc. We were mesmerized.

10 | Nat

August 17th, 2012 at 11:24 am


The first time we visited the museum was at it’s re-opening and we enjoyed the dancers dressed as bugs.

11 | Marcie

August 17th, 2012 at 11:59 am


I have fond memories of seeing all the animals in their habitats. Would love to take my children to see the new exhibits.

12 | KL

August 17th, 2012 at 12:15 pm


My daughter loves the bird section and tries to see how many birds she has spotted in Ottawa. We haven’t seen the Whale exhibit definitely need to check it out before it leaves. :)

13 | Chantal

August 17th, 2012 at 12:20 pm


I love that museum for so many reasons. My kids favourites are the bird hospital, the frogs, the dinosaurs… I love the architecture and everything really. But I have yet to see the Whales of Thora exhibit. Guess I have 2 weeks to get my butt in there :)

14 | Brenda A.

August 17th, 2012 at 2:49 pm


So much to love about the MoN! I love the very approach of it…my kids ooohhhh-ing and ahhhhh-ing about seeing the castle, the mighty doors that welcome you, the beautiful mosaic flooring.

15 | Joy

August 17th, 2012 at 3:31 pm


Even though i have lived in Ottawa my whole life, i have only been to the Museum of Nature a handful of times. I love the architecture of the building the most – the windows, the doors, and the stairways. So breathtaking!! Would love to go see the Whales exhibit.

16 | Carly

August 17th, 2012 at 3:51 pm


We’ve tried to go see Whales Tohora a few times but have been put off by the crowds. We’re determined to get there before it’s over though!

My favourite memory from the Museum of Nature was sleeping there one night, in the dinosaur rooms, with my Brownie group.

17 | Nora

August 17th, 2012 at 3:55 pm


Thanks for the opportunity! My son has “seeing the whales” on his summer wish list & we haven’t made it yet. He loves the Nature Museum. I thought the dinosaurs would be his favourite part but am always pleasantly surprised that he always loves the birds best!

18 | Connie

August 17th, 2012 at 7:28 pm


I’m awed by the architecture – the mix of old and new after the renovations. My kids like the bugs. :-)

19 | Victoria

August 17th, 2012 at 7:31 pm


Seeing the whales has been on my summer wish list, but we haven’t made it there yet. :-(

I’ve loved the museum since I was my twins’ age or maybe even younger. Back then they had day camps during the summer that my parents sent me to, and I was always a bit fearful of the 4th floor, where one could take in both the sights, sounds and smells of the early European settlers’ experience.

20 | Neeroc

August 17th, 2012 at 7:32 pm


Thanks for the reminder, we’ve been meaning to go, but have been slacking on plans this year. V loves the dinos and the critters outside…and the boat upstairs…*g*

21 | Nikki

August 17th, 2012 at 8:11 pm


I don’t want to be entered, as we have a membership, but I just wanted to chime in and say how much my family loves the Museum of Nature. The Whales Tohora exhibit is fantastic!!

22 | Patricia S

August 17th, 2012 at 8:22 pm


My 5 year old LOVES the museum of nature! She is a big fan of the dinasaurs, but I think the dress up area is really her favorite. I haven’t seen the whales exhibit and hadn’t realized it was leaving soon! It’s been on my list of things to do this summer, so I guess we’re going in the next two weeks if we win or not!

23 | Julia

August 17th, 2012 at 8:23 pm


I always loved the Dinosaurs. I’ve never lived in a city that didn’t have a Natural History Museum, but this is the one I remember the most from my childhood. It always had a sacred air to it. I now have a daughter of my own and I am very excited to visit with her.

24 | Heather

August 17th, 2012 at 8:48 pm


Although its not my favorite part of the museum … the stuffed animals behind glass gets me very nostalgic as my grandpa used to take me to the museum when I was my daughters age (5).

25 | peter

August 17th, 2012 at 8:49 pm


I have always loved the Museum of Nature, back before it was called the Museum of Nature but my favorite memory of a visit was taking my sons and watching as the older one lifted the younger so that he could see an exhibit. It was a lovely moment. If you asked them however, they would say the bugs!

26 | Sarah

August 18th, 2012 at 6:40 am


I was lucky enough to grow up in Ottawa and The Castle museum was always a favourite. Would love to take some time and enjoy all the new spaces.

27 | Jennifer

August 18th, 2012 at 6:57 am


Our family loves the Museum of Nature. I love that my two toddlers can safely explore the interative displays. We also like that the cafe is also filled with freah healthy food.

28 | DA

August 18th, 2012 at 10:57 am


We loved when the special frog exhibit was in, we must have gone a dozen times !

29 | Georgina

August 18th, 2012 at 2:44 pm


i’ve never been to this museum, but would love to start making memories with my two boys…

30 | Mommy Marshall

August 18th, 2012 at 7:03 pm


The museum of nature is one of our favourite Ottawa museums, although I personally haven’t been for a couple of years. My favourite part of it is of course, the mammoths sitting on the front lawn…say no more!

Our family would make good use of the passes!

Thanks Andrea!!

31 | EmmyB

August 18th, 2012 at 7:29 pm


It’s known as the Dinosaur Museum at my house. You can guess what out favorite part is!

32 | Marielle

August 19th, 2012 at 1:02 pm


I like the water section, with the ice breaker, fish tanks, etc

33 | Danielle

August 19th, 2012 at 6:27 pm


I have never had the opportunity to visit the museum. I would love to take my toddler to visit, I hear the newly renovated glass “tower” is beautiful!

34 | Sean

August 19th, 2012 at 6:52 pm


Love showing the kids the bugs!

35 | Elizabeth

August 19th, 2012 at 9:06 pm


I’ve loved touring the bird exhibit with my dad and my young daughter, he quietly explaining to her all about the special characteristics of each bird, she flapping her own “wings” in response…

36 | Cheryl

August 20th, 2012 at 7:18 am


We have enjoyed many great times exploring the museum! My favourite memory is participating in a wedding at the museum – everytime I go back it reminds me of that fabulous day…

37 | Jay

August 21st, 2012 at 1:56 pm


We haven’t been since the renovation, it’s been awhile. The kids loved the dinosaurs and were awe struck by how big they were.

38 | Ingrid

August 22nd, 2012 at 5:36 pm


My family would love to win this give-away! I remember my favourite part of visiting the Museum of Man when I was a child was sitting in the igloo and listening to the music.
Now I love the Trading Post. My kids have been collecting points there for years, and bringing all sorts of specimens home with them.

39 | Meghan

August 23rd, 2012 at 8:36 am


We love the wolly mamoths outside – so much fun!

40 | Judy

August 23rd, 2012 at 11:23 am


My best memory is the first time we took our son, we took him to see the dinosaurs, as Dinosaur Train is his fav show. When we got to the lifelike ones, he screamed for me to come back:

“Momma! Watch out the predator eat you!!!”

41 | Maranda

August 23rd, 2012 at 11:28 am


I love the building, it’s beautiful. The boys are of course fans of the bugs.

42 | Jennifer

August 23rd, 2012 at 11:55 am


We didn’t get a chance to check out the ‘Whales’ exhibit yet. My 3 & 5 year olds love the Dinosaur section. I bet they would have a blast crawling through the whale heart!

43 | K

August 23rd, 2012 at 12:46 pm


What a great giveaway!

I remember vaguely going to the museum as a kid, but more recently I took my own kids. Their favourite part? The ship’s kitchen. I think they played in there for almost an hour. Thank goodness there was a boat thing close by to sit on. Personally I really like the fish tanks.

44 | meg

August 24th, 2012 at 9:33 am


We love the Museum of Nature (or as my son says ‘ The Dinosaur Museum’). We usually go on Thursdays when it is free, or when we get the free pass from the library.

My son’s favourite area is the bird hospital. My husband is a Vet tech, so the two of them put on their lab coats and carefully tend to broken wings, medicate sick birds and emergency drives in the jeep to save trapped birds. We also all love weighing ourselves too, to see how many turkeys we weigh.

I love the location, the cafeteria, the bug room & the views :)

45 | Christine

August 24th, 2012 at 10:09 am


Bugs inside a castle. I think that sums it up.

46 | andrea

August 24th, 2012 at 11:50 am


We have a winner!
It’s comment #11 – Marcie – who wrote:

“I have fond memories of seeing all the animals in their habitats. Would love to take my children to see the new exhibits.”

Thank you Marcie, I will be contacting you by email ASAP.

Thank you to the Museum of Nature for hosting this giveaway! And I hope you all get to see this fantastic exhibit before it ends.

47 | andrea

August 24th, 2012 at 12:01 pm


It’s noon and this giveaway is officially closed to new entries. Stay tuned for the winner!

48 | Mary @ Parenthood

August 27th, 2012 at 3:21 pm


Didn’t enter as we have a membership (museum memberships in Ottawa are the best!)

I loved the frog exhibit; wish it was permanent. The mineral gallery is probably my favourite now.

My three year old daughter’s favourite part of the museum is the mosaic moose at the front. She just loves to pretend to ride him.

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