About Us

The BYTOWN MUSEUM: A perfect place to begin your exploration of Ottawa, the Nation’s Capital.

bm_ryanemondHoused in Ottawa’s oldest stone structure, the BYTOWN MUSEUM explores the city’s history from the early years of Rideau Canal construction, through the rough and tumble days of Bytown, to its emergence as Canada’s capital and beyond. Enjoy unique artifacts and exhibits year-round. To assist with a pleasurable visit, and included with admission, is a six-language audio guide available in English, French, German, Spanish, Mandarin and Japanese. Combine your visit with a lovely stroll along the locks and behind the Parliament Buildings, an oasis along the Ottawa River, all within steps of the Museum. You can also head to the adjacent Byward Market for your choice of any number of delightful restaurants and wonderful shopping. A well rounded visit to begin your stay!

Our Mission

The Bytown Museum is Ottawa’s museum, exploring the stories and values of an evolving city and its residents from its First Peoples through the early days as Bytown to present day Ottawa. The Museum is committed to engaging our visitors and community in discovery and dialogue as we aim to deepen the many connections within and between our diverse communities.

Our Mandate

The Bytown Museum’s mandate is to collect, preserve, study and make accessible, in the museum and online, the material and cultural heritage of the Ottawa region’s Indigenous, multicultural and diverse history.

Our Vision

The Bytown Museum will enable the residents of Ottawa and visitors to the city to gain an appreciation of the identity of, and pride in Ottawa’s rich story. Through its collections, exhibitions, programs and online access to museum-based information, the Museum aspires to be a model of excellence in furthering knowledge and pride of place among diverse visitors of all ages.




Nominated for the 2016 First Annual Ontario’s Choice Awards! We are so proud! The BYTOWN MUSEUM has been nominated.


Our Annual Reports (2015-2018), our Strategic Plan (2012-2020), and our Financial Statements (2017-2018).