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Welcoming some new and familiar faces!

September 15th, 2022

We would like to take a moment to formally introduce you to a new member of the team, as well as some familiar faces in fresh new roles!

Matthew Davidson: Digitization Strategy Coordinator

By training, Matthew is a historian. His research primarily concentrates on the history of Haiti and the Caribbean, and on the history of public health, disease, and medicine, but more generally Matthew is committed to encouraging and facilitating historically-informed perspectives on our world. Prior to joining Goulbourn Museum, Matthew worked with the Digital Library of the Caribbean where he supported the digitization of historical and cultural patrimony from various Caribbean countries. Matthew holds an M.A. in History from Trent University and is currently completing a PhD in History at the University of Miami.

Jessica Parsons: Programming Officer

Jessica’s passion for local history began from a young age. Growing up in rural Ottawa, she developed an interest in learning about how people lived and worked in the past and how to preserve and share these stories. This led her to pursue a Hons. BA in History and Canadian Studies from Trent University and a Masters Degree in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto. Jessica has worked and volunteered in many museums in Ottawa including the Nepean Museum, the Canadian War Museum, and Watsons Mill. This is where she developed a passion for public programming and education and learning how visitors interact with different programs. She was recently able to implement her passion and skills when developing new educational programming for the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre in Toronto. When she isn’t busy at work, Jessica can be found playing golf (although not very well) or tackling a new puzzle.

Stefan Hiratsuka: Communications Officer

Does Stefan look familiar? You might have seen him before working at the Museum in collections or administration! Stefan holds an Hons. BA from the University of Ottawa with a specialization in history and a minor in classical studies. During that time, he also acquired archaeological experience on excavations in Bulgaria and Romania! Recently, he decided to round out his museum-related skills, and acquired his Applied Museum Studies Diploma from Algonquin College where he graduated with honors. He is a long-time resident of Stittsville and a world traveler, who loves fishing, gardening, and all doggos!

Georgian Parkes: Program Coordinator

Georgian is a student in her final year of undergraduate studies in English and history at the University of Ottawa. While her original intention was to obtain a teaching degree, after working in the Callander Bay Heritage Museum and Gallery she’s been hooked on museums! Helping people learn and making information engaging are some of Georgian’s passions- a perfect fit! 


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Family Craft Days Return!

September 13th, 2022

Family Craft Days are finally back!

On Sunday September 25th, the Goulbourn Museum will be hosting its first Family Craft Day after a multi-year hiatus! We are so excited to welcome families back to the Museum this fall for a fun-filled day of crafts and activities.

To get everyone excited about the return to school, the theme for this month’s Family Craft Day is “Extraordinary Laboratory”! Drop in to the Museum between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM for an exciting day of science themed crafts and experiments!

This program is geared towards children ages 4-11. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian!

Space is limited so sign up today! To register fill out this form HERE

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Fall Hours, Museum Closed, and the Richmond Fair!

September 8th, 2022

Autumn is in the air, and as the seasons change, so too have our hours!

The Museum’s new fall hours are:

Saturday 10AM-4PM

Sunday 10AM-4PM

Weekdays by appointment!

We would also like to announce that the Museum will be closed September 15-18 while we attend the Richmond Fair! Come visit us in the Agriculture Awareness Building! Checkout their website or Facebook for more information!

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Summer Survey!

September 2nd, 2022

We have loved seeing so many new and familiar faces at the Museum this summer, as we began to offer more in-person programming and events!

We’ve created a short survey to gather some feedback from our community on how we can provide the best experience possible with our programming as we move into the Fall and Winter months! 

The survey will be open starting today, September 2nd, 2022, until Friday September 16th, 2022 at 5pm. At the end of the survey, you can enter for the chance to win a $25 gift card to a local business of your choice!

To access the form click HERE!

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Calling All Artisans!

July 27th, 2022


We are excited to announce that our Old-Fashioned Christmas and Outdoor Artisan Market is back!

Goulbourn Museum is now accepting applications for its Outdoor Artisan Market on Sunday, November 20th. All products must be original and handmade by the artist. The deadline for applications is September 18th, 2022.

To apply click HERE!

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Summer Volunteers Needed

July 22nd, 2022

Goulbourn Museum is seeking volunteers to help with gardening, painting, and general cleaning and tidying this summer. High school students are welcome! Staff will happily sign your forms for volunteer hours.


We have a vegetable garden, a native plant garden, and various flower beds. Would you like to learn about how to garden and grow your own vegetables and native plants? This is a great hands-on opportunity to receive guidance and information.

Already experienced at gardening? We would love your contribution and expertise!

After initial meet-and-greets and instruction, you are free to drop by as your schedule allows. We have all the tools you need and can teach you how to use them.


We have several outdoor painting projects that don’t require any skill! Help us spruce up our railings, panels, and doors. We provide all the equipment you need.

General Cleaning and Tidying:

After several years of being closed due to the pandemic, the Museum grounds could use a good summer cleaning. Raking, sweeping, pruning, washing windows, or picking up branches, there’s lots to do! No real skills needed. Just enthusiasm and the joy of seeing immediate results.

How to Get Started:

Fill out this form and we’ll get back to you soon:

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Summer Seekers In-Person Event; BACKYARD BUZZ

July 15th, 2022

Join us for this BUZZing Event!

On July 30th, Summer Seekers will be hosting our first in-person event: BACKYARD BUZZ! For only $5 per participant, you can drop in to the Museum anytime between 10:00AM and 2:00PM to participate in crafts and activities that will teach your child about the importance of plants in our lives and our history! Build a bee house, decode the secret message, and earn badges to win prizes!

Can’t make it to the event? We will also be offering take home kits, so you can bring our activities with you! Take home kits will be available through our gift shop after the event.

Space is limited, so pre-register today! To sign up click this link HERE!

*Activities are geared to ages 4-11. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during the event.*

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We’re open!

July 9th, 2022

After two-and-a-half long years, the Museum is finally open to the public again! Visitors are welcome Friday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the summer.

The History Centre is open by appointment only. Please call 613-831-2393 or email: for more information or to book a time.

The Museum celebrated its Grand Reopening with a free family event on Saturday, July 9th. It was wonderful to see the building alive with people exploring the exhibitions and children playing in the popular General Store again!




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July 2nd, 2022


On Saturday July 9, the Goulbourn Museum will be opening our doors to the public for the first time in over two years! Drop in anytime between 10am and 3pm to join us for a fun, casual, day full of family-friendly events.

Come walk the grounds, check out our community garden planted by local middle school students, visit our recently re-installed exhibitions, or go on a behind-the-scenes collections tour! There will be light refreshments and activities throughout the day, so drop in anytime!

The event and all the activities are free by donation. Through your generosity, we can continue to fulfill our community-driven mission and mandate, and preserve the cultural heritage of the area!

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NOW HIRING: Digitization Strategy Coordinator

June 29th, 2022


The Goulbourn Museum is excited to announce that we are looking to fill a 1-year contract for the position of Digitization Strategy Coordinator. Guided by the Museum’s 2022-2027 Strategic Plan and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Report, the Digitization Strategy Coordinator will evaluate Museum assets and will guide the digitization, organization, publication, and preservation of Museum assets.

To learn more, or for more information on the application process, click this link HERE.

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