Plan Your Visit

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.

For a complete list of our online offerings, check out What’s Happening.


Purchase at the Museum ticket counter.

Adult – $5
Students & Seniors – $4
Children (Under 12) – $2

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


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.


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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