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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. Add Bytown Museum and other attractions to your Ottawa trip itinerary using our Ottawa sightseeing planner.
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  • 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 t...  more »
  • We had intended to visit the Museum to learn more about the locks and its history; We were there around 3 pm and found it closed, come so far to find it closed on a schedule that according to era of operations, a pity.
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  • 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 histor...  more »
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  • There might be ghosts here. Location is amazing . A fun family experience. A pivitol part of ottawas history . U could almost say this is where it all began . The only reason Ottawa exists as a capital and major city is because Cornel John bi decided this was the best place to defend Ontario if the Americans had fully invaded Ontario . Toronto and Kingston would of been a total right off and Ottawa would of been the place to defend and fight back.
  • Arrived at 3:50, have 10 minutes to view the museum. Small but unique.
  • The Bytown Museum is a very nice accompaniment to the Rideau Canal. While definitely not a must-see, for a very small price you can get an in-depth history of the Canal and Ottawa. It's easy to spend at least an hour here with many well-preserved artifacts and interesting videos, despite the small building. As a tourist, it was great to learn more about the capital of Canada during my trip.
  • Great historical museum on the foundation of ottawa
  • A cozy museum at the heart of Ottawa's history nestled along the locks at the confluence of the Rideau Canal and the Ottawa River.

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