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Bytown Museum

1 Canal Lane | Ottawa Locks, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1L1, Canada
+1 613-234-4570
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Small museum dedicated to the history and construction of the Rideau Canal.
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  • Average14%
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1 Canal Lane | Ottawa Locks, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1L1, Canada
+1 613-234-4570
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Reviewed 1 week ago

You have to be interested in the history of a place to enjoy the exposition. The building has a rich history is is an integral part of the construction of Bytown/Ottawa.The artifacts are stern a bit haphazardly without a chronological order that can make the...More

Thank LynV389
Reviewed 1 week ago

While it may not be worth a visit just to see the Bytown Museum, the location adjacent to the Ottawa Locks and adjacent to Parliament make it well worth a visit. Enjoy!

Thank Jim R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's right on the Ottawa Locks on the Canal. You can't miss this. It's the best place to get a thorough history of Ottawa from pre-colonialism to the building of Parliament. It's the only place the talks about Ottawa.

Thank Chelsea B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great attraction, entry fee is $1.50 per person. Wonderful way to lean about the construction of the locks and history of the early days of Ottawa.

Thank CanVaca
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This wonderful, small museum is located near the Ottawa river and the first set of locks on the Rideau Canal. The Museum provides an historical perspective of the evolution of "Bytown" to the city of Ottawa!! Although "almost hidden away" in a most central part...More

Thank smdoctoroff
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small, but very well laid out in only remaining structure from Bytown days. Excellent Guide Steve and selected well chosen exhibits covering essential Ottawa's and Canadian early history

Thank BrooklynBoomer
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Bytown museum is located on the Rideau canal , housed in an original stone administrative/warehouse . This structure was built in the 1800's. there is some very interesting history about Bytown,(Ottawa) , and how the name change occurred .

Thank C123221
Reviewed 17 June 2017

This is the oldest standing building in Ottawa and has a fascinating history. I recommend taking the tour and then you can browse on your own afterwards.

Thank Joan P
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Many artifacts regarding the construction of the Rideau Canal. Tools used in the construction are on display as well as the story of its construction.

Thank Allan S
Reviewed 16 April 2017

The history of Ottawa succinctly told by the museum. It is free, small and is a quaint place to visit while visiting the canal and Ottawa locks. Staff was friendly

Thank mmanza74
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I do not remember seeing an elevator but cannot say for sure.