Ruckus at the Garden Party
with an interactive challenge presented by Live History
Sunday, August 25 from 10 am to 4 pm
Early bird ticket: $25 + HST (through August 18)
Regular ticket: $30 + HST
Tickets on sale now! Tickets are available for purchase at Billings Estate National Historic Site (Wednesday – Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm) beginning July 10. Cash, debit, and credit are accepted. Tickets can be put on hold for up to 48 hours by calling 613-580-2088. You must visit the museum during regular operating hours to complete payment and pick up your tickets or the tickets will be returned to the general pool for sale.
This garden party promises to be the bee’s knees. Delight in a 1920s themed fête on the beautiful grounds of one of Ottawa’s oldest homes. Immerse yourself in the era as you enjoy some delicious bites, tea, and beverages served buffet-style. Music and lawn games will help set the scene outside but no garden party would be complete without some high society drama. Move inside the museum where figures from the exhibition have come to life and are causing a ruckus. Follow the gossip, collect clues, and help restore order before time runs out. (Note: the interactive challenge is presented in English only; final admission at 3 pm).
Music by capitalJAZZ from 11 am to 2 pm.
Ticket includes vouchers for one drink and one sweet or savoury treat. Cash bar, additional treats, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase (cash only).
Valid government issued photo ID required for alcohol purchase. Alcohol must be consumed in designated area only. Please note that smoking is prohibited.
Artist Talk – Flow and Hieratic
Wednesday, August 21 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Join artist Marc Walter at Billings Estate National Historic Site to tour two new landart installations and to learn more about the museum exhibition that inspired these works.
Walter created Flow, a river-like rolling fence, and Hieratic, a dome reminiscent of a boulder left behind by ancient water flows, using recycled branches, twine, and other natural materials.
Museum visitors and community members of all ages have contributed to the co-creation of both temporary installations by practicing weaving and knotting techniques as well as by adding hand-lettered words connected to the history of the site and evoked their own experiences with the artworks.
Billings Estate National Historic Site is proud to collaborate with Community Arts + Social Engagement to connect residents with Ottawa’s social and natural history through this exciting pilot project. Both Flow and Hieratic are inspired by the museum’s 2019 exhibition, Water: A Journey to the Source, which explores how the city’s landscape has been shaped by this important resource.
Historic Cemetery Tours
Select Sundays in September, October, and November at dusk (*see schedule below)
Recommended for ages 16+Cost: $6.75 (adults) or $5.50 (students and seniors)
Reservations are required. Please call 613-580-2088.
Discover the often harsh and somber history of Bytown and Gloucester Township on a guided exploration of the Estate grounds and Settler’s Cemetery at dusk. Experience true tales of death, burial, and disease on a hour-long tour that will take you beyond the typical museum experience to offer a unique glimpse at life and loss in 19th century Ottawa.
- Dress for weather conditions and wear comfortable shoes. The route will include uneven and grassy terrain as well as gravel pathways. If you have questions regarding accessibility, contact the museum at 613-580-2088.
- The tour may discuss difficult subject (disease, violence, death, etc.). Visitor discretion is advised.
September 15, 22, 29, and October 6 at 7 pm
October 20 and 27 at 6:00 pm
November 3 and 10 at 5:30 pm
September 22 at 7:15 pm
October 20 at 6:15 pm
November 10 at 5:45 pm
Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29 from 10 am to 4 pm
Admission is free
Explore the grounds, discover the architectural history of the house, and learn more from our knowledgeable interpreters about the five generations of the family that called it home. On Sunday, we’ll be celebrating the 190th anniversary of the Billings family’s move into Park Hill with a sweet treat and games on the lawn.
Chillings Estate Halloween Party
Sunday, October 20 from 10 am to 4 pm
Cost: $17.50 per family (2 adults + children) or $6.75 per person
Join us for a family-friendly Halloween celebration! Come dressed in your costume and help us put the ‘trick’ in ‘trick-or-treat’ as we explore the whimsical, wily, and sometimes troublesome history of Halloween pranks. Complete fun Halloween activities and challenges to enjoy a delicious treat. Additional vintage treats and coffee will be available for cash purchase.
*Please dress for weather conditions; activities will take place both indoors and outdoors.
School Programs and Educational Activities are offered for students from kindergarten to Grade 8 from Wednesday to Friday during the months of May, June, September and October.