Discover Ottawa's Best Kept Secret

Discover Ottawa's Best Kept Secret


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  • WINTER HOURS OF OPERATION October - May Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 4pm Open on Remembrance Day from noon to 4pm (free admission) Closed Mondays, Dec 24th - Jan 1st SUMMER HOURS OF OPERATION Open daily from 10am to 5pm, Thursday until 8pm July - August open daily from 10am to 7pm, Thursdays until 8pm
  • $3 - $6.50 per person Flex Family $15 (2 adults and unlimited children under 18)
  • Partially Accessible
  • Elevator
  • Gift Shop
  • Guided Tours
  • Change Tables/Family Room
  • Facilities Rental

Housed in Ottawa’s oldest stone building, the BYTOWN MUSEUM traces the history of Ottawa's early years from the construction of the Rideau Canada through the rough and tumble days of Bytown, to the city's emergence as Canada's capital and beyond.  In 2017, we will be celebrating the Museum's 100th anniversary as well as the 150th celebration of Canadian Confederation.  Join us throughout the seasons for family events, new exhibitions, daily programming and guided tours at one of the most picturesque locations in the city.  The perfect place to begin your visit to the Nation's Capital - the Ottawa story begins here!

Approximate time to visit - 1 hour
Minutes to Parliament Hill - 5 minute walk
Accessibility: Entry (basic) - 1st and 2nd Floor Galleries
Accessibility: Washrooms (basic)


Type: Community Museum | Historic Building