Monday Night Movies at the Museum

Escape the heat, grab some popcorn and engage cinematic adventures of WWI & Canada’s history through Monday night movies at the BYTOWN MUSEUM.

Admission by $5 donations

Every Monday, 7 pm - Until August 25th.

Movies will be shown in English with French subtitles

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Sunday August 3, 2:00 PM -   Ottawa Walking Tour - Rideau Canal
MEET: Bytown Museum (under Parliament Hill) Heritage

From the Bytown Museum to the Corktown Bridge, a look at the nearly 200-year old canal and the architecture and engineering of buildings and bridges from many historic periods and architectural styles, along the first mile of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Guide: David Jeanes, urban activist and author of five downtown heritage tours.

Tour prices: Heritage Ottawa members: $5.00, Non-members, $10.00

For further information: 613.230.8841 or info@heritageottawa.org

Monday August 4: COLONEL BY DAY and NIGHT

Join in the heritage fun as we honour Bytown Founder, Lt. Colonel John By. Heritage events and programming provided onsite by the Council of Heritage Organization of Ottawa.

Monday Night Movies at the Museum: July to September, Dates & Times TBA

NEW for 2014! Escape the heat, grab some popcorn and explore WWI & Canada’s history through Cinema!

Wednesday August 6: Sound of Light Canada!

The BYTOWN MUSEUM invites you to join them onsite Wednesday August 6 for the best seats in Bytown to view the Casino du Lac Leamy's Sound of Light Canada!

Admission is only $5.00

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Thursday August 7, 14, 21, 28: Let us entertain you! 5 pm to 8 pm

Join us for another season of free entertainment on Thursday evenings! Explore Ottawa’s History through Storytelling, Musicians, Actors and oh so much more.  We are pleased to present this programming free of charge!

Saturday August 29 & Sunday August 30: Celebrate Labour Day at the BYTOWN MUSEUM

Help us send off the summer season in style! Join us Labour Day Weekend as we celebrate the lives and achievements of Canal Workers and Contractors who shaped our nation’s capital we know and love. Hands-on activities and tours throughout the weekend.


Monday September 1: Celebrate Labour Day at the BYTOWN MUSEUM

Come honour the workers of the Rideau Canal this Labour Day Weekend as we celebrate the lives and achievements of Canal Workers and Contractors who built this UNESCO World Heritage.

Monday Night Movies at the Museum: July to September, Dates & Times TBA NEW for 2014!

Beginning September 2014: Ottawa Answers the Call Lecture Series

Delve into the content of ‘Ottawa Answers the Call’ with lecture based on themes in the exhibition. Speakers & dates to be announced in April 2014.

Friday September 5th: The Somme, 1916 – Why did it happen?
Why is it so powerfully remembered, particularly among two classes of the British society?, presented at 12 noon
Part of Ottawa Answers the Call Lecture Series

Presented by Martin Middlebrook

Explore the history of the First World War with British historian & noted author of The First Day on the Somme, Martin Middlebrook. Focusing on the Battle of the Somme, one of the most important battles that shaped Canadian history, Mr. Middlebrook will discuss events of 1914 that led to the 1916 battle & the social aspects of the British Army. Following the talk, visit our temporary exhibition Ottawa Answers the Call Lecture Series! The Capital and the Great War to discover how everyday Ottawans were affected by the War.

Mr. Middlebrook is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and author of numerous books relating to the First and Second World Wars, as well as the 1982 Falklands Conflict.

Join us for this intimate lunch time lecture, Friday September 5th at noon, at the BYTOWN MUSEUM.

Presented in English. Bilingual staff will be available following the lecture to answer questions.

Explore more history of the First World War Thursday, September 4 at 7 pm at the Canadian War Museum, where Mr. Middlebrook will follow the path of a First World War new recruit and tell the story of how infantry soldiers were trained and mobilized to the Western Front.

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Thursday September 11: While They Were Away: Ottawa's Daily Life in Wartime, 6 pm
Ottawa Answers the Call Lecture Series

A city of less than 100,000 when the war began in July 1914, Ottawa was both the capital of a country participating in a distant war, and a place where families, particularly those with husbands and sons gone to fight, had to hold it together, and help each other through. How did our neighbours of the past manage that, for four long years and beyond? Using slides and contemporary, accounts in letter and newspaper, Phil Jenkins will reveal the narrative of a city coping with the worst of times.

Presented in English, 6 pm.
Free admission

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Thursday, September 25: The Conservation of Annie and Amelia, Lecture

Go behind the scenes and learn about the conservation of a unique part of Ottawa’s history! Join us on Thursday, September 25th to hear about the painstaking conservation work on a portrait in the BYTOWN MUSEUM collection, Annie and Amelia McLeod, by Moses Pierce.

The painting, an oil on canvas work, depicts two young women, Annie and Amelia McLeod, the daughters of John McLeod, the Hudson’s Bay Company’s highest ranking official in the early 19th century. Over its life, the painting has seen numerous bumps, scrapes and moves, and has incurred some damage, which we had professionally conserved.

Join us to hear from David Legris, the Conservator from Legris Conservation Inc. on the very detailed and time-consuming work on the piece and learn how this piece was retouched and repaired to ensure its life for future generations.

Presented in English
Free admission, 6 pm.

Saturday September 27 & Sunday September 28: Culture Day @ the BYTOWN MUSEUM

Mark your calendars! We are pleased to participate once again in Culture Days: Free Admission.


Lillian FreimanThursday October 2nd: “Bloomin' Angel”: A look into the incredibly devoted life of Lillian Freiman, early Ottawa philanthropist.
Presented by Emily Leonoff, Ottawa Jewish Archives.

Lillian Freiman was a major force to be reckoned with in her day in early Ottawa, up until her death in 1940. Eldest daughter of one of the earliest Jewish settlers in the city, fiercely charitable, loyal, and intelligent, she strived on a daily basis to make Ottawa a better place for everyone and anyone, regardless of religion, sex or status. She was perhaps best known for her tireless efforts to assist the returning veterans from WWI and started an organization known as The Great War Veterans Association, the precursor to today’s Royal Canadian Legion. It was for this work that in 1934 she was awarded the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.), making her the first Jewish Canadian to receive this honour. This lecture aims to discuss the many more incredible aspects of Lillian Freiman’s life, her works, her adventures, and also to touch on perhaps why she is not better recognized in the city she helped to shape.

Presented in English
Free Admission, 6 pm.

Saturday October 11 to Monday October 13:  The Colours of Fall: Leaf Colouring Competition

Visit us Thanksgiving weekend and participate in our 2nd annual Leaf Colouring Competition! Take inspiration from the beautiful colours onsite and explore colour mixing to reproduce our fabulous Fall Colours.

Tuesday October 14 – Saturday Nov 1: Haunted Walks of Ottawa’s Halloween Season

For those brave at heart, join in one of Haunted Walks Halloween tours and hear spooky stories of Otawa’s history! If you dare, contact Haunted Walks for more information and to book tickets: http://www.hauntedwalk.com

Saturday October 25 & Sunday October 26: Creepy, Crawly Bytown!, 11 am 4 pm

Creepy crafts for all! Visit the BYTOWN MUSEUM and enjoy hands-on and oh so kooky crafts for the young and young at heart. Included with admission!



Sunday November 2: FIRST FREE SUNDAY OF THE MONTH, 11 am to 4 pm

Throughout November: Commemoration wreath

Throughout the month of November, we will be asking our Visitors to express how they remember our Veterans creatively and contribute to our Commemoration Wreath.

Saturday November 8 and Sunday November 9: Visit with Veterans!

Join us the weekend before Remembrance day to visit with a Veteran and hear about their experiences. In addition, we are pleased to offer special tours throughout the day. More details TBA.

Mustache Tours: Discover Ottawa’s Hairy History, November weekends

Ottawa’s History features some amazing Mustaches’. Join in one of our Hairy History Tours to learn more about Mustache styles through the ages, their bearers and …


Sunday December 7: FIRST FREE SUNDAY OF THE MONTH, 11 am to 4 pm

December Weekends: Christmas Craft-ernoons, 11 am to 4 pm

We are pleased to bring back our very popular Craft-ernoons for 2014 with a World War One theme. Learn how Ottawa families celebrated the holidays 100 years ago! More details TBA!

Saturday December 20 & 27: Nightmare before and After Xmas… twas a cold and frosty night with Haunted Walks of Ottawa Tours. For more information and to book tickets: http://www.hauntedwalk.com

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