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Our Mission Statement

Billy Bishop Museum is a non-profit organization committed to preserving local history, including the childhood home of Victoria Cross recipient William Avery “Billy” Bishop.  The Museum seeks to engage our community by connecting local stories to the Canadian war experience and broader currents of global history.

Our Purpose

Billy Bishop Museum is a not-for-profit charitable organization that strives to:
  • Preserve the legacy of Air Marshall W.A. Bishop VC, CB, DSO & Bar, MC, DFC, ED

  • Honour Local Veterans for their service by telling their stories

  • Educate current and future generations about Canada’s experience during the conflicts of the past

  • Maintain and present our collection on site and in a digital format

  • Capture the essence of the Victorian and Edwardian Eras

About Our Museum 

The museum is located in the Bishop home. The Victorian house, built in 1884, is located in the heart of Owen Sound and it is a beautiful example of Queen-Anne style architecture. Air Marshal William Avery "Billy" Bishop was born and lived in the home until he was 17 years old when he left to attend the Royal Military Collage in Kingston. 

Billy Bishop is Canada's charismatic hero of the First World War (1914 - 1918). He is credited with 72 victories, making him the top Canadian flying ace of the war. An adventurous, mischievous, and restless spirit, Billy was driven to be the best in all he did.

Take a step back in time to explore the lives of the Bishop Family, and discover the story of a Canadian icon. The museum also serves to recognize the contributions of the many servicemen and women and to honour our Veterans. Learn more about our work with veterans here.

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