Happy International Museums Day!
Celebrate in style, by visiting one (or several…) of Ottawa’s fabulous museums. Billings Estate is certainly a spot you don’t want to miss…..
Photos courtesy of Paul Couvrette
Once home to five generations of a fine Ottawa family, Billings Estate National Historic Site introduces you to the city’s oldest wood framed house and a local legacy of caring.
Located at 2100 Cabot Street, the house belonged to Braddish and Lamira Billings, original settlers of Gloucester Township. You’ll learn about the major contribution they and later generations of their family made to the community.
Don’t miss High Tea on the Lawn here. It’s served Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, from noon to 4 p.m. until August28. You’ll enjoy this special treat overlooking Billings’ beautiful flower gardens. You can have tea and a scone served with Devonshire cream and jam or, if you’re hungry, choose the heartier option – finger sandwiches, scones and desserts.
The museum’s gift shop sells a selection of unique items and souvenirs.
Billings Estate offers a variety of other programs and special events year ’round.
Upcoming events include:
Chautauqua, A Storyteller’s Evening May 25 at 7 p.m.
The Ottawa Story Tellers present an evening of music, comedy, politics and culture. Cost is $15.
Raise a Toast: Wine Tasting June 1 at 7 p.m.
Sommelier Geoffrey Skeggs will pair regional wines with small plates while interpreters describe the history of entertaining in early Ottawa.
Cost is $35.
The museum is open Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. until October 31. Admission is $15 for families, $6 for adults and $3.50 for kids over age five. The wee ones get in free and group rates are also available.
For details, call 613 247-4830.