AUGUST 2015

Extended Summer Hours:  Saturday June 20 to Sunday September 6                                              

Open Daily 10:00am to 7:00 pm, Thursdays until 8:00 pm

MONDAY NIGHT MOVIES at the BYTOWN MUSEUM - July - August - September - Click here for the full schedule

Let Us Entertain You - Thursday nights from July 2 to Sept. 7 - Click here for the full schedule

Thursday July 30 – Monday August 3: BYTOWN Days presented onsite by the Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa

Bytown Days is an annual celebration centred around the building of the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Bytown – now Ottawa, Canada’s Capital.  Come celebrate and be transported to times past!

Enjoy ‘edu-taining’ experiences (exhibits, talks & tours, food & drink, music & dance) at the Bytown Museum, Parks Canada Lockmaster’s Office and along the scenic Rideau Canal Ottawa Locks. 

In 2015, Bytown Days wraps up August 3rd, with the 20th Annual Colonel By Day, featuring costumed characters processions, demonstrators, exhibitors & entertainment and free interactive activities for everyone.  Make Bytown Days your PASTport to olde-fashioned fun!

For more information, visit CHOO’s website at http://www.bytowndays.ca/

Monday August 3: 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. Free Admission to the Museum all day long!

Monday August 3: Monday Night Movies at the Museum

Escape the heat, grab some popcorn and explore photography through Cinema! It is true that each photograph reveals a great deal about the person behind the camera simply by looking at composition, framing or use of light. 7:15 pm Pay-what-you-can Admission

Wednesday August 5: Every Wednesday is FREE ADMISSION for Seniors

Thursday August 6: Let us entertain you! 5 pm to 8 pm: David Finkle Fiddle

Join us for another season of free entertainment on Thursday evenings! Explore Ottawa’s history from every angle this summer with professional Story Tellers, Actors, musicians, and much more! 

On August 6th, join us for music by David and Laurie Finkle.

We guarantee that Ottawa’s history will never have sounded so good! As always, we are pleased to present this programming free of charge.

August 8, 12, 15, 19, 22

Premier Fireworks Viewing
At Ottawa Locks

More information here

Monday August 10: Monday Night Movies at the Museum:

Escape the heat, grab some popcorn and explore photography through Cinema! It is true that each photograph reveals a great deal about the person behind the camera simply by looking at composition, framing or use of light. 7:15 pm Pay-what-you-can Admission

August 8, 12, 15, 19, 22

Premier Fireworks Viewing
At Ottawa Locks

More information here

Wednesday August 12: Every Wednesday is FREE ADMISSION for Seniors

Thursday August 13: Let us entertain you! 5 pm to 8 pm: Ottawa StoryTellers

Join us for another season of free entertainment on Thursday evenings! Explore Ottawa’s history from every angle this summer with professional Story Tellers, Actors, musicians, and much more! 

On August 13th, join us for stories of Ottawa’s history by the Ottawa StoryTellers.

History at its most interesting is really about good stories. Story is even part of the word itself! On the following Thursday evenings this summer – July 2, 16, 30, and August 13 - Ottawa StoryTellers will add to visitors’ enjoyment of their museum visit by telling stories that link Ottawa’s history to real lives and real incidents from the region and beyond. There will be tales old and new that connect to the everyday lives disclosed in the special exhibition “Hidden in Plain Sight”, as well as stories of the building of the canal, of the logging industry, of Colonel By, and much, 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. Performances will be in English.

August 8, 12, 15, 19, 22

Premier Fireworks Viewing
At Ottawa Locks

More information here

Monday August 17: Monday Night Movies at the Museum:

Escape the heat, grab some popcorn and explore photography through Cinema! It is true that each photograph reveals a great deal about the person behind the camera simply by looking at composition, framing or use of light. 7:15 pm Pay-what-you-can Admission

August 8, 12, 15, 19, 22

Premier Fireworks Viewing
At Ottawa Locks

More information here

Wednesday August 19: Every Wednesday is FREE ADMISSION for Seniors

Thursday August 20: Let us entertain you! 5 pm to 8 pm

Join us for another season of free entertainment on Thursday evenings! Explore Ottawa’s history from every angle this summer with professional Story Tellers, Actors, musicians, and much more! 

On August 20th, join us for music by David and Laurie Finkle.

We guarantee that Ottawa’s history will never have sounded so good! As always, we are pleased to present this programming free of charge.

August 8, 12, 15, 19, 22

Premier Fireworks Viewing
At Ottawa Locks

More information here

Monday August 24: Monday Night Movies at the Museum:

Escape the heat, grab some popcorn and explore photography through Cinema! It is true that each photograph reveals a great deal about the person behind the camera simply by looking at composition, framing or use of light. 7:15 pm Pay-what-you-can Admission

Wednesday August 26: Every Wednesday is FREE ADMISSION for Seniors

Thursday August 27: Let us entertain you! 5 pm to 8 pm: Obviously, a Theatre Company

Join us for another season of free entertainment on Thursday evenings! Join us for another season of free entertainment on Thursday evenings! Explore Ottawa’s history from every angle this summer with professional Story Tellers, Actors, musicians, and much more! 

On August 27th, join us historical vignettes by Obviously, a Theatre Company focusing on Sir John A MacDonald.

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, in English and in French and perform in Ottawa and Hull.  We are theatre for the bilingual and the bicultural, obviously.  

We guarantee that Ottawa’s history will never have sounded so good! As always, we are pleased to present this programming free of charge. Performances will be in English.

Monday August 31: Monday Night Movies at the Museum:

Escape the heat, grab some popcorn and explore photography through Cinema! It is true that each photograph reveals a great deal about the person behind the camera simply by looking at composition, framing or use of light. 7:15 pm Pay-what-you-can Admission


SEPTMEBER 2015

Extended Summer Hours until Sunday September 6 

Summer Hours: Monday September 7 - Sunday October 11                                                                      

Open Daily 10:00am to 7:00 pm, Thursdays until 8:00 pm

MONDAY NIGHT MOVIES at the BYTOWN MUSEUM - July - August - September - Click here for the full schedule

Let Us Entertain You - Thursday nights from July 2 to Sept. 7 - Click here for the full schedule

Wednesday September 2: Every Wednesday is FREE ADMISSION for Seniors

Thursday September 3: Let us entertain you! 5 pm to 8 pm

Join us for another season of free entertainment on Thursday evenings! Explore Ottawa’s history from every angle this summer with professional Story Tellers, Actors, musicians, and much more! 

On September 3rd, join us for music by David and Laurie Finkle.

We guarantee that Ottawa’s history will never have sounded so good! As always, we are pleased to present this programming free of charge.

Monday September 7: 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 September 7: Monday Night Movies at the Museum:

Escape the heat, grab some popcorn and explore photography through Cinema! It is true that each photograph reveals a great deal about the person behind the camera simply by looking at composition, framing or use of light. 7:15 pm Pay-what-you-can Admission

Wednesday September 9: Every Wednesday is FREE ADMISSION for Seniors

Thursday September 10: Free Admission to all galleries at the BYTOWN MUSEUM on Thursday nights from 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Thursday September 10: The Stories Behind the Photographs: Certainties and Possibilities.

Presented by Phil Jenkins

In conjunction with Hidden in Plain Sight

The BYTOWN MUSEUM has asked the local historian and city columnist Phil Jenkins to cast an eye over an intriguing selection of recently digitized historic photographs of the city, the city he knows pretty well--or thought he did.  As part of the 'Hidden in Plain Sight' exhibition, Phil will share his insights and researches into the photographs in a salon-style lecture on May 28th, starting at 6 p.m. Ranging over a century, the photographs proved well worth the study, and each one provided some new facts to be added to the ongoing story of Ottawa, and plenty of questions  for Phil, and perhaps you, to answer. Who is the patriarch at the centre of that large family? and where was that beautiful farmhouse? Are those soldiers leaving for a conflict, or returning from it? Which conflict is it? What happened to the side of that house, and the occupant? What is that parade for? For a glimpse through the looking lens into Ottawa's sepia past, please join us at the Bytown Museum in May.

Presented in English, Bilingual staff available for discussion following.
6 pm, Free admission.

Sunday September 13: Grandparents Day

We are pleased to offer free admission to accompanying Grandparents all day on Grandparents Day.

Wednesday September 16: Every Wednesday is FREE ADMISSION for Seniors
Thursday September 17: Free Admission to all galleries at the BYTOWN MUSEUM on Thursday nights from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Wednesday September 23: Every Wednesday is FREE ADMISSION for Seniors

Thursday September 24: Free Admission to all galleries at the BYTOWN MUSEUM on Thursday nights from 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Thursday September 24: Keeping it Relevant! Digitizing our Historic Photograph Collection Talk & Tour

In conjunction with the temporary exhibition, Hidden in Plain Sight

Whether for research, exhibition, publication or collections management, smaller museums are working diligently to digitize and share their often hidden collections in order to remain relevant in the 21st century. Join Grant Vogl, Collections and Exhibitions Manager at the Bytown Museum, and Saara Mortensen, Archivist at the Ottawa Jewish Archives as they discuss the importance of digitizing local museum collections, the growing requirement for public access and the technical aspects and obstacles faced along the way.

Presented in English, Bilingual staff available for discussion following presentation.

6 pm, Free admission

Saturday September 26 & Sunday September 27: Culture Days – Free Admission

Mark your calendars! We are pleased to participate once again in Culture Days: Free Admission all weekend long. Explore the permanent galleries of the Museum and see if you can find all the postcards that we have hidden. Take them home with you to create your very own historical timeline—what moments will you include?

Wednesday September 30: Every Wednesday is FREE ADMISSION for Seniors

OCTOBER 2015

Summer Hours: Monday September 7 - Sunday October 11                                                         

Open Daily 10 am to 5 pm: Thursdays 5-8 pm

Thursday October 1: Free Admission to all galleries at the BYTOWN MUSEUM on Thursday nights from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Wednesday October 7: Every Wednesday is FREE ADMISSION for Seniors
Thursday October 8: Free Admission to all galleries at the BYTOWN MUSEUM on Thursday nights from 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Friday October 9– Saturday 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 Otawa’s history! If you dare, contact Haunted Walks for more information and to book tickets: http://www.hauntedwalk.com

Saturday October 10 to Monday October 12:  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: By donation.

WINTER HOURS Begin: Monday October 12 to Monday December 21, 2015 

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

Saturday October 17 & Sunday October 18: Creepy, Crawly Bytown 11 am 4 pm

Kooky crafts for the young and young at heart!

Visit the BYTOWN MUSEUM this Halloween and enjoy hands-on and oh so kooky crafts for the young and young at heart. Intended for all ages, we invite you to get into the Halloween Spirit with us by getting creative and making all kinds of terror-ific crafts.

Program by donation, costumes of your favorite historical character highly encouraged.


NOVEMBER 2015

WINTER HOURS: OPEN MONDAYS!

Open Thursday through Mondays. 11 am to 4 pm

Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Sunday November 1: 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.

Wednesday November 11: Remembrance Day - Free Admission

Saturday November 28 – Saturday December 19: 12 Days of Christmas

Saturday November 28 and Sunday November 29: 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 20th!

Learn more about Edwardian Christmas traditions and what Christmas was like 100 years ago in Ottawa! Create traditional tree trimmings that you can add to our tree or take with you to decorate your home. Take inspiration from the embroidered postcards from the First World War and try your hand at embroidering your own Christmas Cards.

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 2015

WINTER HOURS: OPEN MONDAYS!

Open Thursday through Mondays. 11 am to 4 pm

Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

12 Days of Christmas runs until Saturday December 19

Saturday December 5 & Sunday December 6: 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 20th!

Learn more about Edwardian Christmas traditions and what Christmas was like 100 years ago in Ottawa! Create traditional tree trimmings that you can add to our tree or take with you to decorate your home. Take inspiration from the embroidered postcards from the First World War and try your hand at embroidering your own Christmas Cards.

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 6: FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH, 11 am to 4 pm FREE ADMISSION
Friday December 11 & Saturday December 12: 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

Saturday December 12 & Sunday December 13: 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 20th!

Learn more about Edwardian Christmas traditions and what Christmas was like 100 years ago in Ottawa! Create traditional tree trimmings that you can add to our tree or take with you to decorate your home. Take inspiration from the embroidered postcards from the First World War and try your hand at embroidering your own Christmas Cards.

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 19 & Sunday December 20: 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 20th!

Learn more about Edwardian Christmas traditions and what Christmas was like 100 years ago in Ottawa! Create traditional tree trimmings that you can add to our tree or take with you to decorate your home. Take inspiration from the embroidered postcards from the First World War and try your hand at embroidering your own Christmas Cards.

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.

MUSEUM Closed for the Holidays:  Tuesday December 22 - Friday January 1, 2016

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