The Ottawa Historical & Scouting Heritage Museum is located in Ottawa, Illinois. It is a privately-owned, not-for-profit organization administered and operated by volunteers. The Ottawa Scouting Museum was founded to promote and preserve the colorful and proud traditions of Boy Scouting, Girl Scouting and Camp Fire, via exhibition of the past of these organizations with memorabilia from its vast collection, and the development of a variety of educational programs for all youth. The OSM has no affiliation with local or national councils and does not receive any city tax dollars for operation. The OSM building belongs to the City of Ottawa and has been leased to The Ottawa Scouting Museum Association for 25-years.
The Ottawa Scouting Museum opened in Ottawa, Illinois, debt-free, to the public on December 6, 1997, after nearly five years of preparation and dedication on the part of many community volunteers and businesses.
Operation of the museum is maintained through donations to the museum, gift shop sales, rental of a meeting and community activities and Special Events. We are open Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., all of these hours are currently staffed by volunteers.
In June of 2002, we very proudly opened a new exhibit area in the museum. Commonly referred to as the North Wing, this area has a re-creation of a room in the W. D. Boyce home in Ottawa (created using a family photo of Boyce in this room) and many artifacts and pictures of Ottawa.s rich history.
For information please contact our Executive Director, Mollie Perrot. Please see “Contact Us” section.