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Bytown Museum, Ottawa

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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4/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web
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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  • 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... A...  read more »
  • 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...  read more »
  • 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...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Nice & Simple atmosphere. Reasonable prices. Great sandwiches with good assortment of ice cream & freshly quizzed summer lemonade.
  • 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.
  • Small museum at the origin of the Rideau canal, that describes the origins of Ottawa. Worth a stop in if your already visiting the canal and it's open. Supposedly haunted as well.
  • Small little museum about the Rideau Canal. Maybe too small. Don't come exclusively to this museum or you will be disappointed. If you are around please stop visit, just don't come expecting an astonishing museum, its tiny.
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