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: The Hungarian experience in Ottawa, following the Revolution of 1956

The Bytown Museum, in proud partnership with the Embassy of Hungary, invite you to join us on the 20th of October from 7pm to 8pm(EST) for the next exciting instalment of the Beyond Bytown virtual lecture series;

This year marks the 65th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, and, in the aftermath, the arrival in Canada of thousands of Hungarian individuals and families fleeing Soviet rule.

In this Beyond Bytown talk we will hear from Ottawa residents Ernest Szelepcsényi and Georgia Morissette about their stories and experiences during the Revolution of 1956, their journeys to Canada, and their lives in Ottawa.

The Hungarian experience in Ottawa, following the Revolution of 1956” will be a held virtually on the Zoom platform, a zoom link will be sent to all registered participants a few hours to the lecture.

Free Tickets available here; https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-hungarian-experience-in-ottawa-following-the-revolution-of-1956-tickets-185871726337

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!



Remembrance Day lecture – Women War Artists

More details coming soon…