With historic houses to an underground bunker, Ottawa’s community museums offer you perfect settings, unique venues and charming atmosphere.  From a garden wedding at Billings Estate to a family reunion at Canada’s only urban shack, from a country wedding at Cumberland Heritage Village Museum to an elegant dinner party in the Bank of Canada Vault at the Diefenbunker, the Ottawa Museum Network’s museums offer you and your next social occasion unique venues, elegant settings and staff that will ensure that your next party is unforgettable.

OMN’s museums offer you versatile venues – each venue is special and will lend a different ambiance to your next occasion.  Located across the Greater Ottawa region, you have a choice between urban and rural venues. Picturesque locations abound and can be easily accessed from the major roads in the area.

A celebration such as a wedding or a family occasion would not be complete without food and the OMN’s museums work with some of the best caterers that region offers.

Every occasion, whether big or intimate, is important to us and all of our museums will work to make sure that your next event is the celebration that you expect.

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Cumberland Heritage Village Museum

Cumberland Heritage Village Museum is a rare village setting with modern conveniences and rustic charm. Whether you’re planning a meeting, a special event, or the most important day of your life, the museum offers facilities with historic character set in a beautiful, tranquil location. With the addition of modern-day conveniences, your guests will enjoy a successful and memorable day.

An affordable and flexible option just 30 minutes from downtown Ottawa, the museum showcases historic buildings, lovely gardens, and 100 acres of fresh country air. The site has an outdoor capacity of up to 250 people, while smaller groups of up to 59 people can be accommodated year-round.

Book an Appointment

The charm of Cumberland Heritage Village Museum must be seen to be believed. Make an appointment with our Customer Service Booking Clerk for a tour of our venue and to receive a full rental information package and application form.

Tel.: 613-833-3059 ext. 221
Email: cumberlandmuseum@ottawa.ca

Vanier Museopark

The Vanier Museopark is happy to receive your children and their friends for their birthday party !

Book the museum or the sugar shack for a memorable party! A councelor will take care of the program and organize different workshops related to the vocation of the Museopark (such as the great explorers and pioneers), or the sugar shack, (such as the the history of maple syrup and the maple water processing)!

For only $10 per child (minimum of 10 children), the Muséoparc promises two hours of pure fun!

For information, or to book a party: 613 842-9871 or administration@museoparc.ca

Bytown Museum

Whether planning a meeting, a special event or an intimate reception, the Bytown Museum, housed within the oldest stone building in Ottawa – set in the most picturesque location, offers facilities set in any one of its three floors of galleries.

We can accommodate your guest list of 5 to 60 persons. It would be our pleasure to ensure that you and your guests enjoy a successful and memorable event.

Hire a Historical Character

Bring Ottawa’s colourful history to life! Whether it’s a small gathering, a grand opening or a special occasion for your organization, the BYTOWN MUSEUM will bring living history to you!

Characters available:

  • Lieutenant-Colonel By and his trusted aide, Lieutenant Henry Pooley, to enliven any event
  • Lieutenant-Colonel By and his lovely wife, Esther By, to open official ceremonies or converse at any engagement
  • Constable Mervyn Muttonham of Ottawa’s first full-time, uniformed constabulary (1866) brings an air of authority to the occasion
  • The infamous Mother McGuinty brings the good times wherever she goes.
  • The Bytown Crier to to make public announcements with handbell in hand to attract attention, as he shouts the words “Oyez, Oyez, Oyez!” in the streets.

Have another historical character in mind? Ask us! If they’re not busy, chances are we can engage them for your event.

For more details, rates and availabilities, please contact Sandy Trueman at 613.234.4570 x 225 or e-mail sandytrueman@bytownmuseum.ca

Billings Estate National Historic Site

Billings Estate National Historic Site is a uniquely picturesque and tranquil setting just 10 minutes from downtown Ottawa. The 200-year-old house is surrounded by gardens and reigns over more than 8 acres of lush parkland that can accommodate parties from 15 to 150 guests.

An affordable and flexible option for your wedding, anniversary, or other celebration, Billings Estate offers modern facilities with historic character. Under our marquee tent or inside our meeting rooms, we can help make your gathering both beautiful and successful.

Weddings and Special Events

Beautiful gardens, historic buildings, and open green space are complemented by a gorgeous antique staircase for photographers to capture your memories. Dressing rooms for the bridal party and special guests are available. Choose your own caterer to make sure your event is exactly how you’ve always dreamed it would be.

Birthday Parties

Birthday boys and girls can have a blast from the past when they host their birthday party at Billings Estate. The estate has plenty of green space to run around and several indoor and outdoor spaces ideal for celebrating in a fun and safe environment. Parents can plan their own activities, or work with our team to incorporate some of the museum’s favourite kids programs into their celebration.

Amenities for Rentals Include

  • Large marquee tent (30’x50’) with wooden floor and electrical outlets
  • Small tent (20’x20’) with stone floor
  • Tables and chairs for 150 guests
  • Commercial kitchen
  • Two private rooms for up to 20 people
  • Staff to facilitate set-up and take-down
  • More than 8 acres of gardens for photos and activities
  • Technical equipment: TV, VCR, projector, fixed screen, easel/flip chart
  • Free parking

You can book your outdoor special event up to 18 months in advance, and your indoor events can be booked up to 6 months in advance.

Book an Appointment

The breathtaking beauty of Billings Estate must be seen to be believed. Make an appointment with our Customer Service Booking Clerk for a tour of our facility and to receive a full rental information package and application form. Call 613-247-4830 or email museums@ottawa.ca.

Watson’s Mill

Watson’s Mill is a unique venue that has the ability to make your next event unforgettable!

The space can be used for weddings, birthdays, retirement parties, meetings, workshops, or exhibitions. Other uses subject to approval by the Watson’s Mill Manotick Inc.

View our Facility Rental Contract here.

Please contact us to discuss your event – call us at 613-692-6455 or email us at office@watsonsmill.com


This five story, limestone grist mill overlooks the back channel of the Rideau River  and provides an unparalleled space that will enhance any event. The main and second floors are available to rent for a variety of public or private functions.

Building Dimensions:
Main Floor: 14m x 20m
Second Floor: 14m x 20m
Each floor displays several pieces of stationary antique machinery

Osgoode Township Museum

For information about holding your next event with us, please contact us at 613-821-4062 or by email at manager@osgoodemuseum.ca.

 

Nepean Museum

Birthdays and Special Celebrations

Celebrate your birthday, baby shower, or bridal showers inside the museum.

Plan a special birthday celebration for your little one! Organize your own activities, or work with our staff to incorporate some of the museum’s favourite kids programs into the celebrations.

We also have a variety of great resources available for rent including: artifact discovery kits, early settler kit, ice cream making kit, costumes and more!

Nepean Museum outdoor facilities include a children’s climbing frame and sandpit, a basketball court and the Doug Froebel Baseball Park.

Call (613) 580-9638 or email museums@ottawa.ca for booking details.

Fairfields Heritage House

Fairfields’ stunning 19th century Gothic Revival exterior and picturesque grounds is perfect for smaller events and celebrations. Whether you’re planning an important meeting or the most important day of your life, our team will work with you to achieve your vision.

Weddings

Couples looking for a smaller more intimate outdoor venue, look no further! Fairfields Heritage Property offers a stunning backdrop for your special day. The 19th century Gothic Revival farmhouse and over two acres of lush greenery will lend that romantic touch when you capture your memories on film.

Birthdays and Special Events

Fairfields welcomes you to celebrate your birthday or special event with us! Whether it’s for a bridal or baby shower, or perhaps a milestone anniversary with close family and friends, we can provide the perfect location.

Parents can also plan a special birthday celebration for their little ones! Organize your own activities, or work with our staff to incorporate some of the museum’s favourite kids programs into the celebrations.

What we Offer

Bookings for your outdoor event can be made up to 6 months in advance. Contact staff at the Nepean Museum for more information on rental availability and amenities.

Contact Us

You can reach our client services clerk by phoning 613-723-7936, or by email at museums@ottawa.ca, Tuesday to Saturday from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Pinhey’s Point

Take advantage of the stunning views available at Pinhey’s Point to host a wedding, anniversary, or any other special celebration. The rustic charm of the historic buildings, stone ruins, and rolling green hills site make this one of the most unique rental locations in Ottawa.

Book an Appointment

The breathtaking beauty of Pinhey’s Point must be seen to be believed. Make an appointment with our Customer Service Booking Clerk (museums@ottawa.ca or call 613-247-4830) for a tour of our facility and to receive a full rental information package and application form.

Goulbourn Museum

For information about venue rental, please contact the museum directly at 613-831-2393

Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum

Looking for a unique place to host your event? The Diefenbunker has rental spaces that can accommodate groups of up to 150 people for meetings, catered dinners and evening receptions!

More information about venue rentals at the Diefenbunker