Ottawa has a rich history and heritage that stretches back over 200 years. Discover Ottawa's engaging stories at The Billings Estate National Historic Site, Cumberland Heritage Village, Pinhey's Point Historic Site, and other local museums. These museums safeguard, on your behalf and as a legacy for future generations, a wide range of artifacts, historic buildings and properties. Staff and volunteers research, interpret and tell those stories through exhibits and public programming.
The Billings Estate was built in 1829 by Braddish Billings and is Ottawa's oldest wood-framed house. Visitors can discover, enjoy and learn about the Museum and its collections through its exhibits, educational programs, special events and workshops.
Explore the impact of emerging technology and social changes at the 1930s Cumberland Heritage Village. Attractions include an operating sawmill, one-room schoolhouse, farmsteads, a fire hall, forge, train station and church. Costumed interpreters also recreate rural life in the early depression era.
Experience Pinhey's Point, an 88-acre historic site located on the scenic shores of the Ottawa River. The magnificent stone house, built from 1821 to 1849, now serves as a museum and offers exhibits, artefacts, period room re-creations and children's activities.
Museums supported by the City of Ottawa include the Diefenbunker, the Bytown Museum, Watson's Mill, Osgoode Township Historical Society and Museum, Nepean Museum, Vanier Museopark and the Goulbourn Museum. This section includes a complete listing of funded community museums and their contact information.