Group tour of the Bytown museum

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Let the Bytown Museum’s interpreters guide you through three floors of exhibitions. Explore the city’s oldest stone building and discover Ottawa’s past from the construction of the Rideau Canal and the lumber kings and lumberjacks of the 19th century to the Victorian Era, Confederation and the First World War.

We take reservations for groups of 10 – 60 people. Due to space limitations, we cannot accommodate groups of more than 60 people. If you have a larger group, you may want to divide your group and visit other nearby sites concurrently. We are within a ten-minute walk of the following attractions: Parliament Hill, the Supreme Court, Lady Dive Tours, Paul’s Boat Tours, the National Gallery of Canada, the Byward Market, the National War Memorial and the National Arts Centre.

Tours are offered in English, French and English for ESL groups. Our tours can be customized to your age group and/or interests.

Length: 60 minutes
Group Admissions
Adults: $6.50  (HST included)
Senior: $4.50  (HST included)
Students $4.50
Child (5-12) $4.00

All rates include HST

(1 free adult supervisor with every 8 students)


Discover the Ottawa Locks, set next to majestic Parliament Hill in the heart of the nation's capital. Let your guide take you back to the early 19th century, the time of the Rideau Canal's construction - North America's oldest operating canal system. Tour Ottawa's oldest stone building, now the Bytown Museum and explore the exhibits related to this UNESCO World Heritage Site and experience the stories of the people who made Ottawa what it is today - uncensored, unembellished and unforgettable! This new, 90-minute tour is available in English and French to groups of 10 - 60 people.

Length: 90 minutes
Group Admissions:

Adult: $7.50
Senior: $5.50
Student: $5.50
Child (5-12): $4.50 

All rates include HST

(1 free adult supervisor with every 8 students)

For curriculum links and academic information click here.

Please note that there is no public parking at the Museum. However, we can provide a drop-off point for visitors who are mobility impaired. The closest drop-off sites for busses are the National Arts Centre and the Château Laurier hotel; both are a five- to ten- minute walk from the Museum. For more information about the Museum’s location, click here.

For accessibility information, please click here.

Café and Boutique
The Museum’s café offers a selection of sandwiches, cold and hot drinks, cookies and ice cream. Our café is also situated in one of Ottawa’s most scenic areas. For information about our café and boutique, click here.

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