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Billy Bishop Home & Museum
Ranked #10 of 21 things to do in Owen Sound
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Reviewed 11 June 2015 via mobile

Being from the states I have never heard of billy bishop, but the house and displays are very informative. Admission by donation. You will learn something from this visit.

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Reviewed 22 April 2015

By my first hand experience of working at the museum for a summer, since I live in this town, I have to say that it is a great place to visit! We had many families who were travelling around Canada come in and take a look at all that the museum had to offer. In the museum, it is literally a moment in time that is frozen. The house is the childhood home of Billy Bishop, Canada Flying Ace in the First and Second World War. During war time, Bishop was sort of a celebrity because of his abilities in the air; usually a fighter pilot life span was only 21 days, and Bishop managed to have 72 kills over the course of fighting in the two wars, making him a legend. The house also shows the lives of his family members, including his father, mother and siblings. There is a lot of interesting facts that surround the house and it is definitely a place for an entire family to check out! Entry is by donation, so it is usually 2 to 5 dollars or more, depending on the number of people per group.

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Reviewed 27 January 2015

The story of Billy Bishop is an interesting one because it also notes a time where Canada started to become it's own nation rather than just another one of Britain's Commonwealth children. We were strong enough finally to help take care of the family and pull our own weight. There are many rooms full of interesting items to really place the time period and what life was like during those days.

If you really do find history and war interesting then this place is worth a visit because it isn't really a window into the past exactly the way it was, just as we'd like to remember it was. Bravery, honour and courage.... bla bla bla... not scared kids trying not to get killed, because that doesn't sound or settle in quite as well does it?

When you get outside and stand in the cold looking at the horizon you can feel the melancholy setting in, but don't let it stay, just let it pass through...you'll be ok, because it's just a ride.

2  Thank JamesA546
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

This stand alone house in Owen Sound, Ontario is a nice little tribute to a great Canadian WW1 hero. Although modest in appearance for this small house, one gets a sense of not only his contributions to war but as a person as well. Be prepared to do a self guided tour but the museum staff are one hand to answer any questions you may have. Small admission fee for the various displays and reading material posted to educate yourself about this man. Museum does a good job for the size of this place!

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Reviewed 28 May 2013

If in Owen Sound take some time to learn about one of truly great Canadian heroes. The guides know there stuff about Billy Bishop and are more than happy to share.

3  Thank John R
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