Present and Past Exhibitions 

What's on Now! 

 
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Opens June 10

Our newest exhibit shares the stories of veterans on the ground in Afghanistan.  

This exhibit is ongoing throughout the year.

 

Please reach out if you have a story to share with us:

ejolliffe@billybishop.org

Start watching veteran interviews now!  Click below:

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Owen Sound City Walking Tours:

 

Discover Owen Sound's military heritage through the  Military Heritage Trail. Come to the museum when we are able to be open, and for now, you can do the trail using your smart phone.  

Ticketed guided tours available in July.

In Their Steps

Retrace the steps of soldiers and nurses from the Owen Sound area, and learn about the institutions which helped raise them!

This 3.5km walking tour takes you around Owen Sound, so it can be seen like never before

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Military Heritage Trail 

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The Unseen: 75 Years in the Canadian Armed Forces

An engaging and unique exhibit guest Curated by local veterans Warrant Officer Rene Michael Joseph Boudrais, Master Warrant Officer Steven Lehman, and Sergeant Radoslaw (Roger) Weron.

Learn about the role Canadian Armed Forces had in conflicts around the world since the end of the Second World War.  See artifacts from the personal collection of three veterans with a combined service of over 80 years, from Korea to Afghanistan.  

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Past Exhibits! 

 

Highlighting the Canadian effort to achieve victory in the Netherlands, this ambitious exhibit is a curatorial collaboration led by a group of grade 12 history students from Owen Sound District Secondary School.

 

Perspectives on the meaning of peace and the Canadian effort to obtain it. They will have an opportunity to offer their insights as to what peace means to them. 

Want to learn more?  Please check out the dedicated website https://www.liberationspring75.com/

Liberation Spring: 75 Years of Peace

 

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Celebrating the Seasons In Victorian Fashion

Where did our traditions and seasonal activities originate?  You might be surprised to learn that many of our current holidays and traditions stem from the Victorian Era.  More then just Christmas tress and white wedding dresses! 

 

 

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Conduct Unbecoming Murder & Mayhem

Terrible atrocities of war were committed around the Battle of Normandy.

This special exhibit curated by Owen Sound and District Secondary School Grade 12 students will focus on three specific events for this 75th Anniversary exhibit. 

Historian Howard Margolin in his work "Conduct Unbecoming: The Story of the Murder of Canadian Prisoners of War in Normandy" has documented the deliberate murder of 156 Canadian Prisoners of War during the Battle of Normandy.  The murders were directly attributable to units of the 12th SS Hitlerjugend Panzer Division.

The murder and mayhem touched Owen Sound. This exhibit examines the stories of three hometown boys that were murdered during this time of the Second World War. 

 

Billy Bishop Home & Museum thanks Ryan McManaman, his Grade 12 History class, especially Sydney Thornton, Caleb Keeling, and Adrian Wagenaar for their research and creation of panels for this exhibit.  

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Living Memory: Jeszcze Polska nie zginęła (Poland is not yet lost)

May 4, 2019, to April 2020 

 

During the Second World War, there was a camp of Polish Soldiers stationed right here in Owen Sound.  Having fled their own country after the German invasion the Polish Government in Exile regrouped and set to the task of reclaiming their country. 

Please visit our website created especially for this exhibit 

https://museumstaff.wixsite.com/polish-soldier-tree

Near Owen Sound, we have a Polish Soldier Tree symbolizing the living memory of those stationed here during the War. 

Map to Tree is available.

 

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