Billy Bishop Home and Museum Owen Sound
Where is it at?
Billy Bishop Home and Museum
948 3rd Ave. West
Where are we going today?
Have you ever heard of Billy Bishop? If you haven't, then you are about to learn about one of Canada's icons! If you have, then did you know that in Ontario, you can visit his childhood home at the Billy Bishop Home and Museum? Pretty amazing!
Billy Bishop grew up in Owen Sound, and dedicated his life to aviation. He fought in WWI AND WW!!, and brought recognition to the Canadian Air Force.
Not only that, he earned a Victoria Cross by displaying exceptional bravery in 1917. Why? Well, you'll have to visit the Billy Bishop Home and Museum to find out!
Now a National Historic Site, this boyhood home of Billy Bishop features permanent collections on his career and life, with a focus on the military accomplishments of not only himself, but other Canadian Aviators.
The artefacts that you can get up close to include photos, medals, uniforms, and models. The exhibits and home will take you back into the late 19th century, as well as the early 2oth century, as you will be surrounded by original Victoria furnishings, antiques, architectures, and even personal possessions of the Bishop family!
A trip to the Billy Bishop Home and Museum isn't just a history lesson, it can transport you back into history, where you can learn all about it first hand!
Some of the exhibits change too, so there is always something exciting to see. Over the festive season too, the house is fully decorated, and always a fun experience for the kids!
So why not take the kids back through time, and learn about a man who might inspire them, and make them realise that they too could accomplish great things!
How much does it cost?
- AdultsDonation only. Suggested $5
- ChildrenSame as adult
When can we go?
Often 11am - 5pm weekdays. 12pm - 5pm weekends. These change over the year so check
Al year round. Closed different days across the year so check seasonally
The museum hold great educational tours Tuesdays to Fridays. Try and book 2 to 3 weeks prior to your arrival. There are 5 themes to check out, so you can really gear your experience to your students needs!.
Cold drinks and bagged snacks are available during the summer months. .
Why not bring a picnic and blanket in summer and enjoy a tasty family picnic under the sun.
Any Top Tips?
Keep an eye on events that they have across the year, like Dinner and Dancing, Victorian teas and Victorian Christmases!.
Doing our bit
They have really created an experience that honours the life of Billy Bishop. Even the grounds are how he would have known them!.
Need a little extra help?
The first floor is accessible via a wheelchair lift, and there is an accessible washroom. .
Can I get one of those?
Visit the “Hanger” gift shop for aviation and Billy Bishop V.C. related souvenirs such as key chains, t-shirts and Victorian style items!.
Make sure you allow time to explore the gardens and grounds in the spring and summer months! .