New Exhibition                                                                                                                     
Nouvelle exposition

Open for first weekend of Winterlude just before the 100th anniversary of the Fire of 1916 on Feb. 3rd.

From Barracks Hill to the Nation’s Capital and the devastating fire of 1916, the history of Parliament Hill has been one of change, intrigue and National identity. “Forged in Fire: The Building and Burning of Parliament” explores the history of the site and the buildings that called it home throughout its nearly 200 year evolution. Featuring unique artefacts and photographs from the BYTOWN MUSEUM, including glorious large-format photographs from official Parliamentary photographer D. A. McLaughlin, this exhibition is not to be missed!

Forged in Fire: The Building and Burning of Parliament, will be on display at the BYTOWN MUSEUM from January 29, 2016 through to October 31, 2016.

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AUGUST 2016:

Extended Summer Hours:  Friday June 24 to Sunday September 4                                              
Open Daily 10:00am to 7:00 pm, Thursdays until 8:00 pm

Monday Night Movies at the Museum

Monday August 1: COLONEL BY DAY Free Admission

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 August 1: CANCELLED! Monday Night Movies at the Museum***

Wednesday August 3: Every Wednesday is FREE ADMISSION for Seniors

Thursday August 4: Let us entertain you! 7 pm

SPECIAL EVENT-Behind the Museum

The Amazing Adventures of Pericles, Prince of Tyre

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“Duelling knights, dastardly pirates, proper princesses, an ancient goddess and not one but two shipwrecks!  How could the Fools have waited so long to tell the thrilling tale of Pericles, Prince of Tyre!  When our hero discovers a dark secret about the evil king of Antioch, Pericles is forced to flee for his life.  So begins an epic voyage that takes him across several seas to far off lands where he discovers adventure, love and just maybe what life is all about.  Don’t miss this exciting, fast paced escapade set in a mythical world and played against the backdrop of Ottawa’s parks.  Fun for the entire family!

Directed by Catriona Leger, Featuring AL Connors as Pericles"

Monday August 8: Monday Night Movies at the Museum:  

Starting at 7:15 pm & Admission: Pay What You Can

Enjoy a night at the museum catching up on some classics in silent film. Take your pick of popcorn, fresh-squeezed lemonade and more, available as delicious snacks in our Café and Boutique.

Wednesday August 10: Every Wednesday is FREE ADMISSION for Seniors

Thursday August 11: Let us entertain you! 5 pm to 8 pm

Join us for another season of free entertainment on Thursday evenings! Discover some of Ottawa’s best kept secrets this summer through our LET US ENTERTAIN YOU programming, every Thursday evening from July 7th to September 1st!

Explore Ottawa’s history from every angle this summer with professional story tellers, actors, musicians, and much more!  We guarantee that Ottawa’s history will never have sounded so good! As always, we are pleased to present this programming free of charge.

Come enjoy award-winning, multi-instrumental recording artist David Finkle and his family as they tell traditional aboriginal stories, perform aboriginal music with singing and drumming and include traditional dance in full regalia in an interactive performance within the historical setting of the Bytown Museum

Monday August 15: Monday Night Movies at the Museum:

Starting at 7:15 pm & Admission: Pay What You Can

Enjoy a night at the museum catching up on some classics in silent film. Take your pick of popcorn, fresh-squeezed lemonade and more, available as delicious snacks in our Café and Boutique. See website for schedule.

Wednesday August 17: Every Wednesday is FREE ADMISSION for Seniors

Thursday August 18: Let us entertain you! 5 pm to 9 pm- Forged in Fire + Northern Lights, Featuring Obviously, a Theatre Company

Northern Lights begins by taking visitors back to 1916, when a devastating fire ripped through the Centre Block. Forged in Fire: The Building and Burning of Parliament, this summer’s special exhibition at the BYTOWN MUSEUM, further explores this key event in the history of Parliament Hill. Combine these two experiences in a free evening of historically themed entertainment!

Start your evening at the BYTOWN MUSEUM, located by the Ottawa Locks of the Rideau Canal, just east of Parliament Hill. From 5:00 to 9:00 pm explore the special exhibit, Forged in Fire: The Building and Burning of Parliament, and enjoy performances by local entertainers, as part of the museum’s Let Us Entertain You Free Thursday evening programming. Ottawa’s history has never sounded so good!

ABOUT Obviously, a Theatre Company:

“Obviously, A Theatre Company was created by emerging Ottawan artists in 2011.  We strive to showcase the talents of the next generation of artists while combining the traditions of both official languages.  We use minimal sets and costumes to allow the emphasis to fall on the performers and the dangers of live theatre.  We produce classics and original work.” 

Then walk up to Parliament Hill for Northern Lights. This experience of sound and light is a thrilling thematic journey through Canada’s history. Combining bold digital technology with the architectural splendour of the Parliament Buildings, the show illuminates Canadian stories of nation-building, partnership, discovery, valour, pride and vision at the heart of our country. Bring a lawn-chair or a blanket, and come early to enjoy the pre-show and play games on the interactive cube! Show time is 930 pm.

All activities are free of charge.

Monday August 22: Monday Night Movies at the Museum:

Starting at 7:15 pm & Admission: Pay What You Can

Enjoy a night at the museum catching up on some classics in silent film. Take your pick of popcorn, fresh-squeezed lemonade and more, available as delicious snacks in our Café and Boutique.

Wednesday August 24: Every Wednesday is FREE ADMISSION for Seniors

Thursday August 25: Let us entertain you! 5 pm to 8 pm

Join us for another season of free entertainment on Thursday evenings! Discover some of Ottawa’s best kept secrets this summer through our LET US ENTERTAIN YOU programming, every Thursday evening from July 7th to September 1st!

Explore Ottawa’s history from every angle this summer with professional story tellers, actors, musicians, and much more!  We guarantee that Ottawa’s history will never have sounded so good! As always, we are pleased to present this programming free of charge.

Come enjoy award-winning, multi-instrumental recording artist David Finkle and his family as they tell traditional aboriginal stories, perform aboriginal music with singing and drumming and include traditional dance in full regalia in an interactive performance within the historical setting of the Bytown Museum

Monday August 29: Monday Night Movies at the Museum:

Starting at 7:15 pm & Admission: Pay What You Can

Enjoy a night at the museum catching up on some classics in silent film. Take your pick of popcorn, fresh-squeezed lemonade and more, available as delicious snacks in our Café and Boutique.

Wednesday August 31: Every Wednesday is FREE ADMISSION for Seniors 

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SEPTEMBER 2016:

Extended Summer Hours until Sunday September 4                                                                      
Open Daily 10:00am to 7:00 pm, Thursdays until 8:00 pm

Summer Hours: Monday September 5 - Sunday October 9
Open Daily 10 am to 5 pm: Thursdays 5-8 pm

Thursday September 1: Let us entertain you! FINAL DAY 5 pm to 9 pm- Forged in Fire + Northern Lights Featuring Obviously, a Theatre Company

Northern Lights begins by taking visitors back to 1916, when a devastating fire ripped through the Centre Block. Forged in Fire: The Building and Burning of Parliament, this summer’s special exhibition at the BYTOWN MUSEUM, further explores this key event in the history of Parliament Hill. Combine these two experiences in a free evening of historically themed entertainment!

Start your evening at the BYTOWN MUSEUM, located by the Ottawa Locks of the Rideau Canal, just east of Parliament Hill. From 5:00 to 9:00 pm explore the special exhibit, Forged in Fire: The Building and Burning of Parliament, and enjoy performances by local entertainers, as part of the museum’s Let Us Entertain You Free Thursday evening programming. Ottawa’s history has never sounded so good!

ABOUT Obviously, a Theatre Company:

“Obviously, A Theatre Company was created by emerging Ottawan artists in 2011.  We strive to showcase the talents of the next generation of artists while combining the traditions of both official languages.  We use minimal sets and costumes to allow the emphasis to fall on the performers and the dangers of live theatre.  We produce classics and original work.” 

Then walk up to Parliament Hill for Northern Lights. This experience of sound and light is a thrilling thematic journey through Canada’s history. Combining bold digital technology with the architectural splendour of the Parliament Buildings, the show illuminates Canadian stories of nation-building, partnership, discovery, valour, pride and vision at the heart of our country. Bring a lawn-chair or a blanket, and come early to enjoy the pre-show and play games on the interactive cube! Show time is 900 pm.

All activities are free of charge.

Saturday September 3 & Sunday September 4: 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.

Summer Hours: Monday September 5 - Sunday October 9
Open Daily 10 am to 5 pm: Thursdays 5-8 pm

Wednesday September 7: Every Wednesday is FREE ADMISSION for Seniors

Thursday September 8: Free Admission to all galleries at the BYTOWN MUSEUM on Thursday nights from 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Sunday September 11: Grandparents Day

We are pleased to offer free admission to accompanying Grandparents all day on Grandparents Day. Share our story!

Wednesday September 14: Every Wednesday is FREE ADMISSION for Seniors

Thursday September 15: Free Admission to all galleries at the BYTOWN MUSEUM on Thursday nights from 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Wednesday September 21: Every Wednesday is FREE ADMISSION for Seniors

Thursday September 22: Free Admission to all galleries at the BYTOWN MUSEUM on Thursday nights from 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Wednesday September 28: Every Wednesday is FREE ADMISSION for Seniors

Thursday September 29: Free Admission to all galleries at the BYTOWN MUSEUM on Thursday nights from 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Friday September 30 & Saturday and Sunday October 1 and 2: Culture Days – Free Admission

Mark your calendars! We are pleased to participate once again in Culture Days: This year’s Culture Days weekend will take place on September 30, October 1 and 2. Once again, the event will feature free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind the scenes”—and to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, and designers at work in their community. Free Admission all weekend long. ___________________________________________________________________

OCTOBER 2016:

Summer Hours: Monday September 5 - Sunday October 9                                                          
Open Daily 10 am to 5 pm: Thursdays 5-8 pm

Saturday September 30 & Sunday October 1 and 2: Culture Days – Free Admission

Mark your calendars! We are pleased to participate once again in Culture Days: This year’s Culture Days weekend will take place on September 30, October 1 and 2. Once again, the event will feature free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind the scenes”—and to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, and designers at work in their community. Free Admission all weekend long.

Wednesday October 5: Every Wednesday is FREE ADMISSION for Seniors

Thursday October 6: Free Admission to all galleries at the BYTOWN MUSEUM on Thursday nights from 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Saturday October 8 to Monday October 10:  The Colours of Fall: Leaf Colouring Competition

Fall is one of our favourite seasons because of all the fall colours! This Thanksgiving weekend, take in the autumn colours onsite and do your best to replicate them in our annual Leaf Colouring Competition!

Using all kinds of colouring material, we challenge you to create breathtaking leaves. Entries will be posted on our Facebook page and will be awarded a prize! Visit us over the Thanksgiving weekend and participate in our 3rd Annual “The Colours of Fall”: Leaf Colouring Competition: Program by donation.

Friday October 7– Monday October 31: 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 Ottawa’s history! If you dare, contact Haunted Walks for more information and to book tickets: http://www.hauntedwalk.com

WINTER HOURS Begin: Monday October 10 to Saturday December 24, 2015                                                      
OPEN MONDAYS! Open Thursday through Mondays. 11 am to 4 pm                                      
Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.  

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NOVEMBER 2016:

WINTER HOURS: OPEN MONDAYS!

Open Thursday through Mondays. 11 am to 4 pm Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.  

Sunday November 6: FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH, 11 am to 4 pm FREE ADMISSION

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.

Friday November 11: Remembrance Day - Free Admission

Sunday November 20: Laurier Day - $5 Admission

Saturday November 26 and Sunday November 27: Christmas Craft-ernoons

Get into the holiday spirit with us and drop in to a Christmas Craft-ernoons beginning the last weekend of November until December 18th!

Learn more about Christmas traditions and what Christmas was like in early Ottawa! Create Christmas crackers with us to end the year with a bang!

Crafts are available on the first floor by donations and are ideal for young and young at heart crafters. The permanent exhibition is included with admission to the 2nd and 3rd floor.

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DECEMBER 2016:

WINTER HOURS: OPEN MONDAYS!

Open Thursday through Mondays. 11 am to 4 pm Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.  

Thursday December 1 – Sunday December 12th: 12 Days of Christmas

Shop local and find the perfect gift for your special someone and entire family! This year, shop local and chose from our selection of gifts as unique as they are. Follow us on Facebook, and Twitter for ideas.

Saturday December 3 & Sunday December 4: Christmas Craft-ernoons, 11 am to 4 pm

Get into the holiday spirit with us and drop in to a Christmas Craft-ernoons beginning the last weekend of November until December 18th!

Learn more about Christmas traditions and what Christmas was like in early Ottawa! Create Christmas crackers with us to end the year with a bang!

Crafts are available on the first floor by donations and are ideal for young and young at heart crafters. The permanent exhibition is included with admission to the 2nd and 3rd floor.

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

Saturday December 10 & Sunday December 11: Christmas Craft-ernoons, 11 am to 4 pm

Get into the holiday spirit with us and drop in to a Christmas Craft-ernoons beginning the last weekend of November until December 18th!

Learn more about Christmas traditions and what Christmas was like in early Ottawa! Create Christmas crackers with us to end the year with a bang!

Crafts are available on the first floor by donations and are ideal for young and young at heart crafters. The permanent exhibition is included with admission to the 2nd and 3rd floor.

Saturday December 17 & Sunday December 18: Christmas Craft-ernoons, 11 am to 4 pm

Get into the holiday spirit with us and drop in to a Christmas Craft-ernoons beginning the last weekend of November until December 18th!

Learn more about Christmas traditions and what Christmas was like in early Ottawa! Create Christmas crackers with us to end the year with a bang!

Crafts are available on the first floor by donations and are ideal for young and young at heart crafters. The permanent exhibition is included with admission to the 2nd and 3rd floor.

December weekends 2016: Nightmare Before Xmas… ‘Twas a cold and frosty night with Haunted Walks of Ottawa Tours. For more information and to book tickets: http://www.hauntedwalk.com

MUSEUM Closed for the Holidays:  Saturday December 24 - Sunday January 1, 2017

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