Plan Your Visit

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 further notice. 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.

Starting January 31st, 2020
Open 11 am to 4 pm, Friday to Monday.
CLOSED Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays

There are two main routes to access the BYTOWN MUSEUM on foot:

VIA Wellington Street by the iron gate at the southeast corner of the Parliament Hill grounds (near the statue of Sir Wilfrid Laurier). The gate is on the west side of the Rideau Canal. At this gate there is a set of stairs going down to the Ottawa Locks of the Rideau Canal. At the bottom of the stairs turn north (left) and walk approximately 250 metres along the locks to the Museum. 
Note: The Wellington St. stairs will be closed for construction as of February 24th. They will re-open in the Spring.  

VIA the west bank of the Rideau Canal pathway and the National Arts Centre (NAC). There is a pedestrian ramp from Elgin Street near the NAC for easier pedestrian access than by stairs. The Rideau Canal pathway is accessible at several points along the Canal. From the NAC follow the canal pathway north approximately 500 metres along the locks to the Museum.


Purchase at the Museum ticket counter. Groups of 10 or more, please see our Group Visits page.  

Adult – $5
Students & Seniors – $4
Children (Under 12) – $2
Family Pass (Adults + Kids) – $10

Taxes are included in all admission

Check our Free Admission Days on our What’s Happening page


Admission is free to all BYTOWN MUSEUM Members. Do you want to become a Member? Find out more here

Address 1 Canal Lane, Ottawa
Phone: 613-234-4570 613-234-4570
Fax: 613-234-4846

The closest parking to the BYTOWN MUSEUM is paid parking at the National Arts Centre.


bytown-bikingnearottawalocksA bike rack is conveniently located next to the Museum entrance.


oc_transpo_logoThe BYTOWN MUSEUM is close to several major bus routes and is a ten-minute walk from the transit hub at the Rideau Centre. For full details including fares, times and routes please visit the OC Transpo web site. From the Rideau Centre walk west towards Parliament Hill along Rideau/Wellington streets. You should be able to see the Museum from the bridge you will cross if you are on the Parliament Hill side (north side) of the street. Cross the bridge and follow the directions listed above under Pedestrian Access.


Continuous shuttles between Ottawa and Gatineau. Tickets are available for purchase inside the Bytown Museum. Aqua-Taxi-PasserelleMay 10 – June 29 Daily, 9:30 am-6:00 pm (Thursdays, until 8:00 pm) June 30 – September 3 Daily, 9:30 am – 7:00 pm (Thursdays, until 8:00 pm) September 4 – October 14 Daily, 9:30 am – 6:00 pm (Thursdays, until 7:30 pm)

For more information, visit their website here       


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