Plan Your Visit


Purchase at the Museum ticket counter or online:

Adult $8
Seniors/Students $5
Children under 12 $2
Children under 3 $Free
Family $18 (includes 2 adults plus children under 18)

Purchase online

Taxes are included in all admission


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


Open by appointment throughout the fall season.


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.   

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.

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.


A bike rack is conveniently located next to the Museum entrance. Please travel slowly and safely down the hill, and be mindful of pedestrians. 


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.


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