The Bytown Museum



"Housed in Ottawa’s oldest stone structure, the BYTOWN MUSEUM explores the city’s history from the early years of Rideau Canal construction, through the rough and tumble days of Bytown, to its emergence as Canada’s capital and beyond. Enjoy unique artifacts and exhibits year-round. To assist with a pleasurable visit, and included with admission, is a six-language audio guide available in English, French, German, Spanish, Mandarin and Japanese. Combine your visit with a lovely stroll along the locks and behind the Parliament Buildings, an oasis along the Ottawa River, all within steps of the Museum. You can also head to the adjacent Byward Market for your choice of any number of delightful restaurants and wonderful shopping. A well rounded visit to begin your stay!" (from the business)


  • Open Year round
  • Paid parking at the National Arts Centre
  • Conveniently accessible by public transit

Services & Exhibits

  • Exhibitions
  • Group Visits and Tours
  • Café
  • Gift Shop
  • Venue Rentals


1 Canal Lane
Ottawa, ON  K1P 1L1


  • Museums & Exhibitions

Business Hours

  • Winter Hours
    • Monday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    • Tuesdays Closed
    • Wednesdays Closed
    • Thursdays Closed
    • Friday - Sunday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Please refer to website for up - to - date information


History Museums

Languages Spoken

  • English


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