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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.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
1 Canal Lane | Ottawa Locks, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1L1, Canada
+1 613-234-4570
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Small, but organized and informative museum about Ottawa's history! Lots of antiques, pieces, maps and interesting information neatly displayed for visitors help us understand better the history of this amazing capital. After visiting the Bytown museum, we rode our bikes along the rideau canal -...More

Thank Angela A
Reviewed 14 June 2018

Reasonably priced and very educational. Used the audio to understand the history of Bytown. The audio was very conversational which made learning fun.

Thank jknudsen2017
Reviewed 13 June 2018

We learned a lot about the canal and the history of early Ottawa. Interesting artifacts displayed in a discerning and attractive manner. Very well done.

Thank pathomer19
Reviewed 28 May 2018

Really enjoyed walking around this museum. Learned a lot about the early days of Ottawa and the construction of the canal.

Thank Lewis V
Reviewed 20 April 2018

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

Thank Spuddler
Reviewed 16 April 2018

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
Reviewed 17 March 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
Reviewed 16 March 2018

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

Thank alwaysthebirds
Reviewed 19 December 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

1  Thank Isa-Francis
Reviewed 12 November 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

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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.