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Bytown Museum

1 Canal Lane | Ottawa Locks, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1L1, Canada
+1 613-234-4570
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Located in the heart of downtown Ottawa, the Bytown Museum explores the stories of an evolving city and its residents from the early days of Bytown to present day Ottawa.
  • Excellent43%
  • Very good40%
  • Average14%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“oldest building” (13 reviews)
“audio tour” (9 reviews)
“rideau canal” (53 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1 Canal Lane | Ottawa Locks, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1L1, Canada
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+1 613-234-4570
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"oldest building"
in 13 reviews
"audio tour"
in 9 reviews
"rideau canal"
in 53 reviews
"local history"
in 9 reviews
"ottawa's history"
in 10 reviews
"early history"
in 4 reviews
"excellent history"
in 3 reviews
"small floors"
in 2 reviews
"video presentation"
in 2 reviews
"early days"
in 5 reviews
"ottawa locks"
in 6 reviews
"nice exhibits"
in 2 reviews
"ottawa river"
in 11 reviews
"chateau laurier"
in 7 reviews
"worth a visit"
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"interesting visit"
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"canada's capital"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Next to the looks this historic old building has tons of information. Not a huge museum but packed with history.

Thank Spuddler
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This small tucked away Museum is full of the historical beginnings of Bytown when Lt Col John By was commissioned to build the Rideau canal. The museum is the oldest stone building still standing in Ottawa. If you'd like to learn the history of this...More

Thank Cher A
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Reviewed March 17, 2018

Ottawa started with Colonel Bye and the area still holds his name Excellent history of the area and the military canal that started the city

Thank Robert N
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Reviewed March 16, 2018

Definitely worth a visit! The history of the original settlement and it's growth into the capital city of Canada.

Thank alwaysthebirds
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Reviewed December 19, 2017

This place is a nice little museum that can be visited under 1 hour. In fact, the audioguide (free with entrance fee) lasts about 45 minutes and covers everything contained in the museum (except for the free Rideau Canal exhibit behind the ticketing office). Bear...More

Thank Isa-Francis
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Reviewed November 12, 2017

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
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Reviewed November 7, 2017 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

1  Thank JubileePhil
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Reviewed October 14, 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
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Reviewed October 9, 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
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Reviewed September 25, 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
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Debjani M
August 6, 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
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Norma H
August 24, 2016|
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Response from vwlgirl | Reviewed this property |
I do not remember seeing an elevator but cannot say for sure.
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