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Bytown Museum

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Address: 1 Canal Lane | Ottawa Locks, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1L1, Canada
Phone Number: +1 613-234-4570
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Small museum dedicated to the history and construction of the Rideau Canal.

Small museum dedicated to the history and construction of the Rideau Canal.

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Nice little Museum

It is the history of Ottawa city at its beginnings. It is small but the information contain in it and all the exhibits makes it a good touristic destination. If you want to learn... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the museum is small but well worth the time to visit it tells you about the history of Old Bytown...some stairs to walk down so not good for an older person

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Keighley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Down by the locks on the canal, this little museum tells the story of the area's development and has some very nice exhibits. You can sit outside and drink freshly squeezed lemonade which is very pleasant.

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Ottawa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is the history of Ottawa city at its beginnings. It is small but the information contain in it and all the exhibits makes it a good touristic destination. If you want to learn about the Bytown and the early history of Ottawa you should pay a visit.

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Sherbrooke, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

This nice little museum offers a lot of information about Ottawa history. There is also a lot of artefacts to see and reasonable coffee and souvenirs to buy. I would recommend this place for people curious about the city history

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Main Beach, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

It's a small museum. On the second floor it has a great history of Ottawa, not just the building of the canal, which is a superb story. Also the early history of ByTown and its Lumberjack roots. This is a good museum to keep in mind if you are waiting to do your Parliament House tour, as it's right next... More 

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Waterloo, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

You have to go looking for it, as its by the locks. Just two small floors, but packed with information about Ottawa's history. At the time, there was an exhibit about the fire on Parliament Hill in 1916.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Bytown Museum Anyone that misses this – misses an important part of Ottawa’s history – and the oldest building in the city! This museum is excellent, well curated, educational, informative and very interactive. I was very pleased with the visit. The staff are very helpful and made us feel like we were very welcome. Ensure you include this little museum... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Tucked away by the locks, this small museum in the oldest building in Ottawa is a must do! The audio tour is a delight and kept our family of four (kids aged 8&10) entertained for the entire hour... And the headline cards will be perfect for school reports. Affordable, memorable, and great staff. If you like quiet museums packed with... More 

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B.C. Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

The Bytown Museum was situated in an attractive stone building located on the lower locks of the Rideau Canal at the Ottawa River just below Parliament Hill. The setting was lovely. But, the main part of the museum (upstairs) was closed to the public due to renos in preparation for 150 years of Canada celebrations coming up in 2017. So,... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

In Ottawa, you will have lots of opportunity to learn about Canada's history; however, the Bytown Museum was one attraction that focused on Ottawa's history. For the $6.50 price (10% discount with CAA) you also receive an audio guide that was mostly well done, not too much corny and I usually did not find myself jumping to the next topic... More 

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