Current Initiatives


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How do we decide on our initiatives?

From 2016-2017, the Ottawa Museum Network developed a new Strategic Plan to run from 2018-2022. The plan is built upon our Mission, Vision and Values, and strives to deepen a developing range of tools, strategies and resources to support and advance the interests of the local museums; these include advocacy activities, market surveys, audience development, joint training and professional development activities, and communications plans. 

A primary objective of the new Strategic Plan is Program Innovation, which seeks by 2022, to implement innovative new programs or projects that will enhance OMN’s reputation as a socially engaged leader in the heritage field, working through and with OMN members.

We also continue to maintain our long-standing partnerships that make the OMN a truly connected network.

Our Museums are Dementia-Friendly!

March 18-19, 2019

The OMN is excited to have worked with the Alzheimer Society of Durham Region to bring the Blue Umbrella – Dementia-friendly community and organizations – program to Ottawa museums!

The Blue Umbrella program is a free training program offered by the Alzheimer Society of Canada that equips businesses or other service providers with the tools and knowledge to provide safer service for patrons with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Nine of our member museums participated in the training at the Nepean Museum and the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum! We learned a lot about how to make our museums more accessible! Check out the images and posts below!

The OMN collaborated with Carleton University’s Curatorial Studies 5002 graduate class, along with the City of Ottawa Archives to develop a student exhibition as part of a pilot project for a Greater Ottawa Story Initiative.

With mentorship from industry professionals, the students developed an exhibition titled: “Morsels of Memory: A Taste of Ottawa’s Food History,” which highlighted the varied ways in which Ottawa’s community museums interweave and interpret the history of food in Ottawa. The exhibition combined a selection of food-related artefacts from three OMN member museums – Watson’s Mill, the Goulbourn Museum and the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum.

The Curatorial Studies program at Carleton University spans the arts, social sciences and sciences, exposing students to a wide range of museological and curatorial issues. Through the program’s strong relationships with museums, galleries and festivals in the National Capital Region, students also receive hands-on, discipline specific training and exposure to professional best practices. 

The exhibition opened at the James Bartleman Archives and Library Materials Centre in Nepean on March 29th with a private opening event and ran until April 11th