Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings from October 17 to November 2
Ages 15 + (this experience is designed for adult audiences)
Cost: $17.50 + tax per person*
*Non-resident fees may apply.
A dark and unnatural force has taken hold of the museum. It all began with an artefact, an object connected to a centuries-old unsolved mystery. Strange noises, flickering lights, and vanished items soon followed. Then, one by one, staff began disappearing, leaving behind an abandoned exhibition and the telltale signs of a frenzied struggle.
This Halloween season, Billings Estate National Historic Site presents a chilling new interactive haunted experience. Are you brave enough to explore the museum at Park Hill after dark? Join the museum team in place of the mysteriously missing staff and prepare to confront the horrors head on – bring an end to the curse or risk the same uncertain fate as those who’ve tread these halls before you. Choose your path wisely – who knows what frights await around the next corner?
Note: Curse at Park Hill is an English-language presentation
Tickets will be available for 5 timeslots each evening: 6 PM; 7 PM; 8 PM; 9 PM; 10 PM. Each timeslot accommodates a maximum of 16 guests. You will enter the experience as a member of one of 4 intern teams – each of which has a specific goal that will guide your exploration of the seemingly abandoned museum, but proceed with caution, not everything is as it seems.
The experience will take approximately 40 minutes to complete. Guests should anticipate spending 1 to 1.5 hours on site.
Plan to arrive 15 minutes in advance of your timeslot. The experience will begin promptly at the scheduled time. There will be no further admittance once the experience has begun.
Free parking is available on site and Billings Estate National Historic Site is accessible by OC Transpo.
Tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets can be purchased online up until 5 pm on the day prior to the event (while supplies last). Tickets will not be sold at the door.
To purchase tickets:
- Visit Service Ottawa’s online registration portal. If you do not already have a Client Barcode and Family PIN to log in, please create your account before proceeding.
- Click Activity Search in the menu bar at the top of the page.
- Type “Curse” in the Containing Keyword box.
- Click on the Show Courses box below Workshop-Billings Estate National Historic Site.
- Find your preferred date and timeslot. For more information about a desired timeslot, click View Details. When ready to complete your purchase, click Add and follow the on-screen instructions.
- Bring a copy of your registration confirmation to the event. The identity of the account holder who purchased the tickets will be confirmed against the registration list at check-in.
If you require assistance completing your online purchase, or with adding additional guests, our staff are happy to help. Please call Billings Estate National Historic Site at 613-580-2088 or Nepean Museum at 613-580-9638.
- Tickets are non-transferable – The identity of the account holder who purchased the ticket(s) will be confirmed against the registration list at check-in.
- Tickets are non-refundable.
- If minimum participant number is not reached for a timeslot on the day of the event, museum staff will contact registrants to discuss available options.
As part of Curse at Park Hill, guests may experience audio effects, low lighting, low visibility, strobe lights, fog, damp, hot or wet conditions, special effects, sudden actions, and a physical environment with uneven ground and stairs. This experience is not fully accessible to all individuals. Please contact the museum at 613-580-2088 if you have questions regarding accessibility.
Out of respect for the experience of others, the use of cellphones, video and flash photography are not permitted during the experience.
Curse at Park Hill is primarily an indoor experience. However, guests will move between buildings at the beginning and end of the experience and some outside wait time (under a tent) can be expected. Please dress appropriately for weather conditions.
Smoking and vaping are prohibited on museum grounds.