Discover Ottawa's Best Kept Secret

Discover Ottawa's Best Kept Secret


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  • SUMMER HOURS July 21st, 2022 – October 6th 2022 Open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm WINTER HOURS October 7th 2022 – May 15th 2023 : Open by appointment
  • Adult $8 Seniors/Students $5 Children under 12 $2 (under 2 free) Family $18 (includes 2 adults plus children under 18) Taxes are included in all admission Admission is free to all BYTOWN MUSEUM Members.
  • 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