May is for Marveling at Ottawa’s Heritage
Discover this area’s fascinating bygone days by participating in special events and visiting the exhibits at the Ottawa Museum Network’s ten local museums
It’s the perfect time to relive local history. This month, the whole family will enjoy discovering stories of the past at some incredible local landarks. “Museum Month heightens awareness of our local heritage and the huge variety of family-friendly activities and programs available through our community and city-owned museums,” says Ciara Cronin, Marketing and Communications officer for the Ottawa Museum Network. “The Ottawa region’s local museums are valuable sources of knowledge and offer engaging and interactive ways to discover the fascinating stories of our past.”
Special activities and events taking place at Ottawa’s local museums throughout May include:
Billings Estate National Historic Site (2100 Cabot Street, Ottawa)
Sunday May 13th: Mother’s Day Tea:
Show mom how much you care by treating her to our popular tea service for Mother’s Day. As the gardens are beginning to bloom, enjoy your tea to the sounds of the harp, have your fortune told, make Victorian crafts with your children, and learn about the incredible lives of the Billings women during the season opener of the museum and the tea room.
Bytown Museum (1 Canal Lane, Ottawa)
Saturday May 19 – Monday May 21: Victorian Ottawa Tours
Celebrate Victoria Day Weekend with a Victorian Ottawa tour of the Bytown Museum.
English tour at 1 pm and French tour at 2 pm. Cost: Included with Admission.
Cumberland Heritage Village Museum (2940 Old Montreal Road, Cumberland)
‘Famous Funnies-Family Cartooning Workshop’ Sunday May 13, 1 – 3 p.m.
It’s the good guys versus the bad guys as the super heroes take over a family cartooning lesson led by our professional artist! Families can discover early cartoon super heroes like Superman and characters like Little Orphan Annie. Young visitors can dress in their favourite character costumes.
Cost: Regular admission applies plus $10 workshop fee.
Pinhey’s Point Historic Site (270, Pinhey’s Point Road, Dunrobin)
Mother’s Day – Sunday May 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Come celebrate Mom and our opening day at the museum! Learn about the history of the 200-year old historic site with a guided tour, have your photo taken in period costumes, and sample some heritage crafts. Make your own custom tea blend to take home for Mom.
Cost: Free (donation suggested for participation in crafts).
Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum (3911 Carp Road, Carp)
Sunday, May 13: “Bunkers, Boys & Babies: Ladies of the Cold War” 11 a.m to 4 p.m.
This Mother’s Day the Diefenbunker will be celebrating the women who served in the Diefenbunker. A special women’s history tour will be given every hour in English, featuring clips from the Diefenbunker’s oral history project. Mothers can relax at the mini-manicure station as children craft. Mini-manicures will be offered to mothers and children from noon to 3 p.m. A colourful display by Ottawa’s own Cold War artist, Marcia Lea, will surely be a thing to see! And what’s a women’s day out without chocolate? Of course, the Diefenbunker will be partnering up with local and surrounding chocolatiers and bakers to offer fabulously themed desserts.
Sunday May 5th, ‘Opening Day & Community Barbeque’ 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Join us for a new season! Listen to live music, stay for lunch, and get some freshly milled whole-wheat flour- milled the same way they did it in the 1800’s!
Spring Crafts for Kids- Painted Flower Pots
Saturday, May 26th 1-3 p.m.
$5 Per Child
Nepean Museum and Fairfields Heritage Property
Fairfields Victoria Day Jubilee Tea
May 20, 2012, 1-4 p.m.
Come enjoy a traditional tea, refreshments, tours, music, and Victorian games as we celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee and the opening of Fairfields 2012 programming season.
May Flowers- Mother’s Day Activities
Sunday, May 13th, 1-4 p.m.
What better way to put these April Showers behind us than with May Flowers. Celebrate spring and cultivate a variety of crafty flowers & plants. For kids ages 4-11. Please call 613-831-2393 or email email@example.com to register and guarantee a spot. $3.00 per child
Genealogy Workshop: Serving Genealogists: Documentation Centres and Websites with Suzanne Labelle- Martin
Wednesday, May 16th from 7-9 p.m.
As a sequel to a workshop for beginning genealogists given in January 2011, researchers are invited to explore the strengths and weaknesses of various resources used for family history. A question and answer period is planned at the end of the workshop. Admission: $5. Talk will be given in French.
Visit www.ottawamuseumnetwork.ca for the latest updates on all events and activities at your local museums!
The Ottawa Museum Network/ Réseau du Musée d’Ottawa is a not-for-profit organization which works to promote and advance the interests of member museums by engaging local residents and telling the greater Ottawa story.