Goulbourn Museum brings history into your home for Doors Open weekend

(Just some of the many artifacts brought into your home by Goulbourn Museum during the 2020 Doors Open Ottawa. Photo: Goulbourn Museum)

The annual Doors Open Ottawa scheduled to take place June 6 and 7, 2020 has been cancelled this year due to the pandemic. This has not halted any plans for the Goulbourn Museum to participate – virtually! They usually throw open the doors, unlock the cupboards and closets, and welcome many curious visitors to a behind-the-scenes exploration of the Museum and its collections.

In response to the closure of the Museum and the cancellation of Doors Open, the Goulbourn Museum team has developed a way to bring the Museum to you. This week the Museum has announced the launch of its Virtual Collections Tour series. Starting June 6, 2020 people can explore the Museum’s diverse range of collections from the comfort of home, through an interactive, online tour.

(These doors open to unveil local history of the former Goulbourn Township and introduce various artifacts at the Goulbourn Museum for the 2020 Doors Open virtual tour. Photo: Goulbourn Museum)

“Goulbourn Museum preserves over 9,000 artefacts as well as a collection of more than 40,000 objects unearthed during an archeological dig in Richmond,” says Collections Officer, Sarah Holla. “While we wish that we could welcome visitors in person, we are also excited for the opportunity to allow digital tours of our collections on a more permanent basis.”

These tours include video footage, audio recordings, fun facts, educational resources, and opportunities to “zoom in” to a variety of artefacts, from toys to bayonets, from letters to military artefacts spanning four different wars, and from kitchenware to farming tools.

Staff also injected an element of fun into the tours by incorporating a Museum version of “Elf on the Shelf” throughout.

“One of our primary goals as a community museum is both to share our local history and connect with our community,” says Tracey Donaldson, the Museum’s Manager and Exhibitions Curator. “Wherever we can during this new reality, we want to take advantage of technology to share our stories with the public, as well as honour the people whose artefacts help shape those stories today. Creating these virtual tours allows us to do that.”

(A Drill Cap and Powder Flask seen in the Goulbourn Museum video for Doors Open Ottawa 2020. Photo captured from YouTube)

Here is a sneak peek at the video created for the Museum’s Doors Open interactive online tour: https://youtu.be/TrXh4pc-RmI. So much local history captured in one video and stay tuned for more videos to be presented in the coming days that will become permanent fixtures on their website.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming the public back to our site when it is safe to do so,” says Donaldson. “In the meantime, we hope you’ll join us online for digital Doors Open 2020.”

To access the Virtual Collections Tours, visitors simply require access to a computer, tablet, or smartphone device. The tours will be available on the Goulbourn Museum websitewww.goulbournmuseum.ca – starting June 6, 2020.

If you missed any of the Museum’s family craft days, watch the videos on their YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/user/GoulbournMuseum/videos?view_as=subscriber.



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