Located in the oldest stone building in Ottawa, the ByTown Museum aims to tell the story of our nation’s capital. The museum explores the lumber industry, the locks, and many other areas of Ottawa to highlight the past and present. With several permanent galleries and one temporary gallery, the knowledge and artifacts presented in the museum is ever changing.
This durable gallery shows Ottawa from its very beginning all the way to now. It demonstrates the notable moments in Ottawa’s history such as being settled, how the world wars affected Ottawa, and the effects of the lumber industry on the area. The museum tells these stories through pictures, written stories, and physical props- the perfect way to connect with every person.
A Century of Community
A community focused exhibit, this collection aims to demonstrate the history of Ottawa purely through collected artefacts. Every item in the collection tells a story about the area and was collected through independent owners. See items such as a Daguerreotype camera, old photographs, and the first post box in the Ottawa area.
Your Community Gallery
The objects in this gallery are collected from citizens of the Ottawa area and represent a diverse group of people. With items from the Polish Canadian Women’s Organization to the Embassy of Guatemala to work from photographer Remi Theriault, the collection aims to explore a multitude of stories from various perspectives.