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.


In light of recent developments surrounding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, and acting in line with our local community partners and schools, the Bytown Museum will be CLOSED to the public until Saturday, April 11, 2020. We will continue to monitor the situation as it develops, and act in accordance with the advice and information provided by Ottawa Public Health, and municipal, provincial, and federal health authorities. We thank you for your understanding during this situation and apologize for any inconvenience. Stay healthy, friends.

August: Casino Lac-Leamy Sound of Light


Let Us Entertain You 2020

For the first time ever we are bringing Let Us Entertain You online! Featuring a mix of performances filmed live at the museum in physical distancing conditions, and home-made artist videos we’re excited to present these wonderful artists straight to your phones and monitors. 

So sit back, relax and Let Us Entertain You! 

Visit our page for a full list of videos, and upcoming performances:

Bytown Crafts at Home

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! Download below our Victorian Puzzle Purse or host your very own tulip festival with our Tulip Craft, and many more!

Canada Day Quiz! 

Canada Day Colouring Downloads: Canada Flag, Rideau Canal, Parliament Hill

How a Boat Floats Download

Afternoon Tea Download

Victorian Puzzle Craft Download

Tulip Craft Download


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

Filmed on site in social-distancing conditions, and featuring our very own Manager of Visitor Experience Steve Mattiussi, these short videos will feature hot topics on Bytown/Ottawa’s history as well as previews of upcoming exhibitions, special guests, and behind-the-scenes happenings.

Episode 1: Ottawa’s Violent History

Episode 2: Ottawa Becomes Capital

Episode 3: Architecture Tour Pt. 1

Episode 4: Architecture Tour Pt. 2

Episode 5: Building the Canal

Episode 6: Victorian Curiosities