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

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!

Exploration Experts – Beginner
Exploration Experts – Intermediate

1857’s Biggest Decision

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

City History Hunters

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!