Here at the Billy Bishop Museum, we take pride in proving educational programs for all to enjoy.
We have created these five themes for Billy Bishop Home & Museum so that we may connect to multiple streams with science, visual arts, and history. This provides your students with an expanded learning experience that includes a variety of ways to interact with the museum and its collections.
1. The Great War: The Local Soldier
The Great War through the lens of those who served in Canada's expeditionary forces; railway workers, foresters, cavalry, and conscripted Canadian soldiers.
2. Second World War & Canada's Role
The Second World War and the industry of Owen Sound and area that supported the war effort.
3. Billy Takes Flight
The career of ace Billy Bishop in WWI and his recruiting and formation of the RCAF in the Second World War, up to our current Canadian Air Forces & flight industry.
4. If These Walls Could Talk
Owen Sound through the histories of the buildings - starting with the Bishop family and their home.
5. Victorian Times
Explore the life and times of the Victorian Era.
School and Youth Groups Tours
The museum offers free school and youth group tours Tuesdays - Fridays: 10 am to 4 pm. Tours must be prebooked.
Crafts and refreshments are $1 each per child when requested.
If youth groups are booked after hours there is a $3 per youth charge.
Legion trips may be available.
One adult supervisor for every 6 youth is required for each tour.
Please book your tour times 2-3 weeks prior to your preferred visiting date. If you wish to visit both Billy Bishop Home & Museum and Legion Branch 6, book 4-6 weeks prior to visiting date.
Curatorial Collaboration with students
Always wondered how an exhibit is put together - or thought; I could do that!?
Work with our Curator of Collections and other staff as we guide you through the process of preparing YOUR exhibit, which will be featured in the Education Centre. We are happy to work with individual students as an alternative for-credit project and to work with teachers to build the project into your classroom/curriculum.
To book a program, of if you have any questions, please call us at 519-371-0031 or email: (link sends e-mail)
We LOVE to work with energetic and inspired students who share our passion for the history of Billy Bishop, Canadian military history, and life in Victorian times - you may even have a few ideas of your own! If you are a high-school student thinking about a career in museums, history, arts, education, anthropology, archaeology, teaching or business, think about us. Better yet, come by and talk to us. We believe in adapting your placement to your needs - whether that's exploring everything or a very specific career goal.
Students currently attending Museum Studies, Curatorial, Social work (Youth), and Business programs, consider us for your placement. We're a small house museum, with a small staff working on a National Historic Site-scale. This means your voice and input are valuable to us and play a vital role in the development. We would be happy to speak with you and your program coordinator to create a customized placement that helps you achieve your goals for the career you want to pursue. Already have a vision for a program, an event, or implementing a new technology? We'd love to hear from you, and then help you make that vision a reality.