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Bytown Museum

1 Canal Lane | Ottawa Locks, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1L1, Canada
+1 613-234-4570
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Small museum dedicated to the history and construction of the Rideau Canal.
  • Excellent43%
  • Very good40%
  • Average14%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“oldest building” (13 reviews)
“audio tour” (9 reviews)
“rideau canal” (52 reviews)
1 Canal Lane | Ottawa Locks, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1L1, Canada
+1 613-234-4570
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had good weather and were very curious about this museum. We went for a long walk around the Parliament Buildings and took in the Bytown Museum. I couldn't believe how big it was and all the history was great to learn. The locks are...More

Thank tracy r
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This small, but perfectly formed museum is worth visiting both for its stunning location in city centre Ottawa as well as the interesting and Informative audio commentary on the history of the city. Housed in the oldest stone building in Ottawa, it sits next to...More

Thank JubileePhil
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

We nearly missed this cozy little place - almost walked by! Glad we didn't. I might be biased, as this was the first museum we went to, and I was bound to enjoy it, but the place struck me as one with a wisely planned...More

Thank Anna K
Reviewed 9 October 2017

small museum with the great setting. surrounding is peaceful right next to Rideau Canal. Staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. This museum presents a history and heritage of Bytown which was renamed to Ottawa, good hour of fun for whole family.

Thank Syed I
Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

A small quiet museum located along the Rideau Canal. Very compete exhibition on the history of the city of Bytown, which was renamed Ottawa. I enjoyed the museum very much. I would recommend getting an audio guide and scheduling about 1~2 hours to see this...More

Thank Mat_Cope
Reviewed 25 September 2017

I find this museum to be a bit dull and uninteresting. There's nothing really wrong with it, but it didn't catch my attention much while I was there and didn't stick with me after I felt.

Thank Meaghan P
Reviewed 25 September 2017

Set in a historic building next to the Rideau Canal, this museum offers a look at the history of Ottawa. There are three floors of exhibits and an audio guide tour of the permanent exhibits. There is also a temporary exhibit of community milestones.

Thank Robert D
Reviewed 20 September 2017

This was a wonderful little museum located next to the Rideau Canal and the Chateau Laurier. Lots of neat information here, and some pretty cool artefacts. I loved the hair jewellry - so interesting! The building itself is beautiful. There was also a small AAA...More

Thank yusqueya
Reviewed 4 September 2017

Make sure you splurge for the guided tour - its worth it. The Bytown Museum is on the lower side of the Rideau Canal just below the Locks. The Bytown Museum explores the early history of Canada’s capital, when it was known as Bytown. The...More

1  Thank debrakgrose
Reviewed 31 August 2017

This is a small museum, but good. Half the fun is watching the canals right outside the museum. Even if you do not pay to go through the museum, you can step in to buy food, dessert, drink, souvenirs, and use the restroom.

Thank Caitlin V
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Debjani M
6 August 2017|
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Response from CanVaca | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the late response. We stayed at a Downtown Ottawa Hotel and walked everywhere. There are several parking garages throughout downtown Ottawa, including at the Rideau Centre, where you can park for the day... More
Norma H
24 August 2016|
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Response from vwlgirl | Reviewed this property |
I do not remember seeing an elevator but cannot say for sure.