Bytown Museum
DescriptionOttawa history exhibits & an audio tour. Museum on the the Rideau Canal featuring exhibits & an audio tour on Ottawa’s history.
Address1 Canal Ln, Ottawa, ON K1P 5P6, Canada
Phone+1 613-234-4570
CategoryLocal history museum

The Women’s Canadian Historical Society of Ottawa was founded in 1898 with the goal to promote love for one’s country. The society became known as the BYTOWN MUSEUM after they were able to purchase a building that would house their collections, and it has since grown into an iconic part of Ottawa.

They wrote papers on history, met regularly, and held exhibitions displaying local artifacts from private collections – all before getting their own permanent home in 1917 at 70 Nicholas Street (later renamed by Mayor Fisher). This former City Registry Office was acquired and renamed “the Bytown Historical Museum.” The museum opened its doors on October 25, 1917, by Mayor Harold.

Now, it encompasses not only historical records and relics but also artifacts from the private collections of members and local history enthusiasts. Today, you can find out more about this fascinating part of our nation’s past at the BYTOWN MUSEUM in downtown Ottawa!