What’s Happening

The Museum offers a wide variety of activities and promotions for visitors on nearly every calendar day. Please click on the title of events for more information.


Dear friends,

The BYTOWN MUSEUM, your community museum since 1917, will remain closed to the public for the time being. This decision was not made lightly; however, we want to ensure the safety and well-being of you, your families, as well as our staff and our volunteers.

We very much miss serving our community directly – visitors, volunteers, stakeholders and tourists alike – as well as your insights, interactions and conversations about the Museum and the remarkable history of Ottawa.

Until we can safely welcome you back, we would like to encourage you to visit us online to immerse yourself in Ottawa’s rich history. Our collections, programs, tours, activities and special “Let Us Entertain You” performances are all available on our website. Our new weekly video series, “Bytown Bit by Bit” acts as your personal guided tour throughout the Museum’s galleries, and our Virtual Tour allows you to discover and explore all of our exhibitions from the comfort of your home. In addition, we are excited to announce that our newest special exhibition, “A Local Canvas: Paintings from the Bytown Museum Collection” will be added to our ever-popular interactive Virtual Tour very soon.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff, I would like to thank you for your ongoing support of your 103 year old Community Museum.

Stay safe and be well. We are sincerely looking forward to welcoming you back to our beloved Museum when the time is right.

Robin Etherington
Executive Director
Musee Bytown Museum

Beyond Bytown: Virtual Lecture Series

From May to July the Bytown Museum is proud to present Beyond Bytown, a series of informative discussions with various members of our local community. Further information on our speakers will be available as we lead up to each event.

The History of Ottawa’s Italian Community | June 23rd @ 7pm

A lifelong resident of Ottawa, Trina graduated from Carleton University with a Degree in History and Political Science. Her interest in these fields led her to a 35-year career with the Library of Parliament.

Elected as President of the National Congress of Italian Canadians (National Capital District) in 2016 and as Second Vice-President at the Congress National level, Trina has worked in the Ottawa Italian Community for close to 30 years. She was President, St. Anthony’s Church Ladies Auxiliary (2004-2016), Chair, Ottawa Italian Women’s Filo 2005-2009, Vice-President, Italian Week Ottawa 2009-2015, Co-Chair, St. Anthony of Padua 100th Anniversary Centennial Book Project (A Journey of Faith: A History of St. Anthony of Padua Church: 1913-2013) and Director, Dalhousie Food Cupboard 2005-present. Trina is a recipient of the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers (2017) as well as a recipient of the Provincial Leading Girls, Leading Women Award (2014). Trina also is a recipient of the Ottawa Women’s Filo Award for community service (2010). Trina acts as the Research and Nominations Committee Chair, Ottawa Distinguished Women.


Crafts and Activities

Need some entertainment while you’re at home? We’ve taken some of the crafts you would find at our craft tables, and put them online for you to follow along from home!

Visit our Crafts and Activities page, and download all of our instructions and info sheets.

Virtual Tour

The Bytown Museum, in partnership with Point3D Commercial Imaging Ottawa, is excited to announce the launch of its virtual tour. Take a walk through our three floors of exhibitions, explore artefacts, and immerse yourself in the Museum – located in the Commissariat, Ottawa’s oldest stone building – from home!

Take the Virtual Tour Today

Bytown: Bit by Bit

City History Hunt

Ready to get outside and explore Ottawa?
City History Hunters is a new program aimed at getting you outside, and learning about this city.

Download info sheets from our website, and visit the featured site! New info sheets each week, so stay tuned!



Beyond Bytown: Virtual Lecture Series

The History of Ottawa’s Tech Sector | July 28th @ 7pm

“The History of Ottawa’s Tech Sector” with Luc Lalande (Founder, Aletheia Guild)

Luc has been directly involved in Ottawa’s research and technology-based ecosystem (government, university and industry) for the past 4 decades, once receiving the Des Cunningham (Ottawa tech pioneer) Award from OCRI for outstanding leadership in forging business-education partnerships.”.

On the 28th of July, he joins the Bytown Museum to discuss the history of the tech sector, from the beginnings of the “Silicon Valley of the North”, through the boom and bust years.”

Tickets available here 


Beyond Bytown: Virtual Lecture Series