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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 2 weeks ago

This is a really interesting museum about Ottawa. It is next to the locks and has a small area selling sandwiches and drinks so if you wish you can have lunch sitting outside and watching any lock activity - very pleasant. But I would recommend...More

Thank SWeaver12
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This fairly small building at the bottom end of the locks is actually the oldest building in Ottawa, and there is little fanfare around to celebrate it. Yes, the building has been restored to its original look and the inside holds a small café, some...More

Thank Randy S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a fun museum to visit. The staff was friendly and helpful. The museum wen through the history of Bytown and the transition to Ottawa.

Thank bobbdn
Reviewed 8 September 2018

This is a small museum with a small gift shop and snack bar. What I enjoyed most was getting a sandwich/drink and setting outside watching the gatekeepers open and close the locks.

Thank Traveler2AM
Reviewed 1 September 2018

Nice small museum which to be honest we didn't spend long in, its ok the staff are friendly, we also used the café got a drink and spend time in the sun watching the locks being operated.

Thank TeamWard
Reviewed 29 August 2018

First time I visited this small museum and learned so much. It is not the biggest museum but you learn so much being in this historical landmark. I loved it.

Thank Mark D
Reviewed 27 August 2018

This is oldest building in Ottawa, previously called Bytown. It doesn’t look like much from outside but inside is self guided audio tour. I learned so much about how Ottawa came to be and the growing pains of years gone by. Exhibits especially of older...More

Thank SweetSydneyToronto
Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

This museum gives history of the development of the city of Ottawa and how the Rideau Canal locks were built. Wonderful free audio tour with entrance fee.

Thank frequentraveler13
Reviewed 8 August 2018

This is a real gem! The audio tour (included in the entrance ticket price) is excellent and really helped to put everything we saw in context

Thank grouporganiser_12
Reviewed 31 July 2018

This Museum is housed in Ottawa's oldest stone building, built almost 200 years ago! The focus of the museum is to highlight Ottawa's early days as well as the construction (and its challenges) of the 202 km long Rideau Canal. History buffs, couples and families...More

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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
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23 August 2016|
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Response from vwlgirl | Reviewed this property |
I do not remember seeing an elevator but cannot say for sure.