Hours of Operation

The BYTOWN MUSEUM is open all year.

Winter Hours - Oct 15, 2013 to May 16, 2014 - Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm. Closed Mondays.

Summer Hours - May 17 to Oct 13, 2014 - Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm and open Thursdays until 8 pm.

Extended Summer Hours - Sat, June 21 to Sun, Aug 31- Open daily from 10 am to 7 pm & open Thursdays until 8 pm.

General Admission:

Adult - $6.50
Senior - $4.50
Student - $4.50 (13 to 18 or with valid student ID)
Child - $3.00
Flex Family - $15.00 (2 adults and unlimited children under 18)
4 years & under - complimentary

Taxes are included in all admission prices

Group Visits:
A full range of fun, interactive, educational programs and tours are available to school and community groups. Let the BYTOWN MUSEUM’s interpreters guide you through three floors of the city’s oldest stone building and discover Ottawa’s past. A visit to the BYTOWN MUSEUM will be the highlight of your tour.   

We take reservations for groups of 5 to 60 persons and will happily tailor our programs to your groups needs, interests and connect to a wide range of curriculum.For more information, pricing or to pre-book your visit please contact Megan Bocking at 613.234.4570 x 226 or e-mail meganbocking@bytownmuseum.ca

The Museum is located alongside the set of eight locks on the Rideau Canal between Parliament Hill and the Château Laurier – See map

Please note that only mobility-impaired parking is available onsite. Please call 613 234-4570 to make parking arrangements. The closest parking lot to the Bytown Museum is at the National Arts Centre.


Pedestrian Access

There are two main routes to access the BYTOWN Museum by foot:

The first route is on Wellington Street by the iron gate at the southeast corner of the Parliament Hill grounds (near the statue of Sir Wilfrid Laurier). The gate is on the west side of the Rideau Canal. At this gate there is a set of stairs going down to the Ottawa Locks of the Rideau Canal. At the bottom of the stairs turn north (left) and walk approximately 250 metres along the locks to the Museum – a three-storey stone building. – See map

The second pedestrian route is via the west bank Rideau Canal pathway and the National Arts Centre (NAC). There is a pedestrian ramp from Elgin Street near the NAC for easier pedestrian access than by stairs. The Rideau Canal pathway is accessible at several points along the Canal. From the NAC follow the canal pathway north approximately 500 metres along the locks to the Museum – a three-storey stone building. – See map


A bike rack is conveniently located next to the Museum entrance.

Bus Routes

The Bytown Museum is close to several major bus routes and is a ten-minute walk from the transit hub at the Rideau Centre. For full details including fares, times and routes please visit the OC Transpo web site.

From the Rideau Centre walk west towards Parliament Hill along Rideau/Wellington streets. You should be able to see the Museum from the bridge you will cross if you are on the Parliament Hill side (north side) of the street. Cross the bridge and follow the directions listed above under Pedestrian Access.

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