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.



The MUSÉE BYTOWN MUSEUM is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Posting: Visitor Engagement Officer

Reports to: Visitor and Community Engagement Manager
Employment Status: Full time, seasonal
Employment Conditions: Weekdays, weekends, and occasional evenings
Compensation: $16.55 per hour in bi-weekly installments
Work Term: April 29 to August 31, 2024

The Bytown Museum is currently looking for a team of friendly and energetic Visitor Engagement Officers for the 2024 summer season. The Visitor Engagement Officer (VEO) position plays an important part in creating a welcoming and memorable experience for our patrons. We are looking for proactive team players with an enthusiastic approach to visitor service a passion for history to support our programming at Ottawa’s oldest community museum.

This position will be 35 hours per week and will include weekend and evening shifts. Part-time extension into the autumn/winter season of 2024 may be possible.

Interviews will be conducted in both official languages.

Candidates must meet Young Canada Works (CMA, HCNT, CCO) eligibility requirements.

Eligible if:

· Between 16 and 30 years of age at start of employment

· Eligible to work in Canada

· Willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment

· Registered as a full-time student (as defined by your educational institution) with the intent to return to school in the fall.

Application Instructions

Resume and a cover letter to be received no later than 11:59 pm on March 17, 2024, to applications@bytownmuseum.ca. No telephone enquiries please.

The Bytown Museum is committed to dismantling systemic barriers to employment for marginalised groups, creating an equitable hiring process, and building an inclusive workplace for all, regardless of race, ethnicity, colour, religion, sex, disability, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, or socio-economic background. Please reach out to applications@bytownmuseum.ca with any accommodation or support needs during the recruitment process. 

While we thank all candidates for showing interest in the Bytown Museum only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Full job description: https://bytownmuseum.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Job-Posting_VEO-Summer-2024_EN_2024-01-10.pdf




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).