Group Visits and Tours

Discover, Play, Learn

Whether for adults, school groups, seniors, families, kids or for young adults, the BYTOWN MUSEUM can accommodate all parties with a sizeable amount of theme-oriented group tours specifically designed to educate and entertain.

Customizable tours are available. 

To book your tour or require further booking information please contact 613 234-4570 x 226 or

For arrival details, please make sure to read our Plan Your Visit page and Check out our Calendar of events.

History Explorers

Have you ever wanted to be an Explorer? Here’s your chance! Discover what treasures the BYTOWN MUSEUM contains.


Learn how the locks work, why the canal was built, and about the lives of the people who built it.

Confederation have your say!

Travel back in time with us and explore what Ottawa and Canada were like leading up to, and at the moment of, the most important, and first, decision in Canadian history.

Architecture Tour

Come explore and learn about the Commissariat (aka the BYTOWN MUSEUM), Ottawa’s oldest stone building, and its history. Find out just how crucial it’s been in Ottawa’s development through the ages.


In partnership with Canadian Heritage, an exciting way for your students to experience the Capital while learning about its social, historical and artistic features.

To book Click!, please contact : or
1-800-461-8020 / 613-944-2898

Free In-gallery Activities

Scavenger Hunt

While you’re exploring the museum’s exhibit be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the seven mailboxes scattered around the second and third floors.

History Explorers

Grab a pencil, a map of the museum and challenge yourself with our museum scavenger hunt

Youth Activity Area

Visit the third floor of the museum to check out our Youth Activity Area complete with Victorian toys, books to read, as well as interactive and historical games!

NEW Package Option!

The BYTOWN MUSEUM is proud to partner with Ottawa Boat Cruise (OBC) to offer the very best visitor experience possible. Because the Museum is situated at the Ottawa River locks on a UNESCO World Heritage site, visitors can combine the best of both worlds: a museum experience through Ottawa’s oldest building, to discover the capitals’ rich history, with a stroll in a picturesque environment leading the visitor to the dock where Paul’s Boat Line awaits. This cruise is a wonderful experience not to be missed! To book a package option that includes the Bytown Museum visits, please contact OBC through the phone number below, and they will be able to secure your dual reservation.

Paul’s Boat Line – Ottawa River Tour / Croisière Rivière des Outaouais

paulsbanner1THE BEST WAY TO SEE THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION SINCE 1936! Aboard the Paula D, you will discover the region from the Ottawa River. An exceptional view of Parliament Hill awaits you! An experienced guide will tell you facts about historical sites in the region. The diverse learning environment will capture the attention of the young and old! 819-246-3855   pbllogo