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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.

The Gallant Thousand: Ottawa and the South African War

Extended to April 12th, 2020

The Gallant Thousand: Ottawa and the South African War is an exciting new temporary exhibition presented by the BYTOWN MUSEUM to mark the 120th anniversary since the beginning of the South African (Boer) War in 1899.

One hundred and twenty years ago Canadian soldiers and nurses sailed for South Africa and to war. An initial force of one thousand volunteers – termed “the Gallant Thousand” by Minister of Militia Frederick Borden –  were the first of over 7,000 to enlist. Through bitter fighting the Canadians would become known as the “fighting germ at the heart of the British Army.”

This exhibition explores the experiences of Ottawans during the South African War through: contemporary newspaper articles, personal accounts, biographies, artefacts, and rarely seen photographs from our primary collection. Discover this oft-forgotten and overlooked conflict first-hand as the citizens of Ottawa did over a century ago.


Bytown Museum Easter Egg-stravaganza

April 11th – 13th / 11am – 4pm

Looking for some free family fun? The Easter Bunny has stashed a whole bunch of clues around the museum! Join us this Easter weekend for a fun and educational scavenger hunt! There are also crafts to be made, and prizes to be won!


Summer Hours starting May 15th, 2020
Open 7 days a week from 10am – 5pm.

Rideau Canal Opening Weekend

MAY 15th – 18th, 2020

Learn all about “How a Boat Floats” and participate in our free 30 minute LockTalk tours offered every half hour between 11am and 4pm.