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Bytown Museum, Ottawa
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At Bytown Museum, learn more about the history and construction of the Rideau Canal, as well as Ottawa's formative years. Opened in 1832, the canal connected the Ontario cities of Ottawa and Kingston--a precautionary measure in the event of a war with the United States. The ease of access between the cities would theoretically open up tactical waterways for ferrying infantry and cargo; today, it exists mainly as a leisurely boating canal. Take an informative guided tour to enhance your visit with stories and insight. Plan your Bytown Museum visit and explore what else you can see and do in Ottawa using our Ottawa vacation generator.
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  • In this building you can imagine how in ancient times were stored and meshhki worked with grain and port workers.
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  • This small museum, located adjacent to the Rideau canal, is very interesting and accessible to all, including children. It is divided into two parts. The ground floor has a brief free exhibition dedicated to the construction of the canal and various locks. The first floor contains, in my opinion, the most interesting part of the Museum is paying (low price) Thanks to numerous exhibits, it tells the story of Ottawa since its founding by John By up to the moment where this city is designated as the capital of the Canada. I found this exciting exhibit because it was both playful (a space is also specially intended for children), well illustrated and did not lose in multiple boring details for the visitor who knows nothing of the subject matter.
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  • 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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  • A great little museum. Gave a good history of the area that I didn't know about (I'm just visiting Canada). The exhibit on the parliament fires is really interesting too. Well worth a visit. Entry is cheap and it takes about an hour or two to get around.
  • Provides a great history of Ottawa. The location is fun to get to, you need to walk down by the locks. The kids enjoyed it more than I expected, especially the top floor where they got to see how a child lived back then.
  • Nice & Simple atmosphere. Reasonable prices. Great sandwiches with good assortment of ice cream & freshly quizzed summer lemonade.
  • pretty small museum which actually packs a lot of punch, there's a few floors to this pretty building and it's located along the path of the rideau canal :D
  • It is not a very big museum. I don't know if it would be worth the price of admission. However, in the summer, it is free on Thursdays after 5pm. At that price it was worth it and it is by the locks which is always fun to watch.