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.

February

Hours Starting January 31st, 2019
Open Friday to Monday, 11am – 4pm

February 1st/2nd: Bytown Residents Roam Again!

Come meet the turn of the century ladies and gentlemen of Bytown wandering Sparks street. Interact with these costumed characters and discover what they think of present-day Ottawa. Learn about the fascinating history of Bytown and Ottawa through the eyes of its residents!

February 8th: Ice Carving demonstration at the Bytown Museum

Come and celebrate Winterlude at the Bytown Museum on Saturday, February 8th for our 7th annual Ice Carving Demonstration. Watch as a brand new ice sculpture takes shape right in front of you!

We’ll also have winter crafts and activities, and hot chocolate for everyone to enjoy!

February 8th/9th: Bytown Residents Roam Again!

Come meet the turn of the century ladies and gentlemen of Bytown wandering Sparks street. Interact with these costumed characters and discover what they think of present-day Ottawa. Learn about the fascinating history of Bytown and Ottawa through the eyes of its residents!

February 15th/16th: Bytown Residents Roam Again!

Come meet the turn of the century ladies and gentlemen of Bytown wandering Sparks street. Interact with these costumed characters and discover what they think of present-day Ottawa. Learn about the fascinating history of Bytown and Ottawa through the eyes of its residents!

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.