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“WW1 history exhibit at the Bytown Museum”
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Bytown Museum
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US$50.45*
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2-Hour Ottawa Express City Bike Tour
Ranked #27 of 266 things to do in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Small museum dedicated to the history and construction of the Rideau Canal.
Ontario, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“WW1 history exhibit at the Bytown Museum”
Reviewed 28 July 2014

Excellent display of items, stories and photographs of Bytown and Ottawa including WW1. There are also videos of the museum and its history. The view from the locks outside is stunning as well as the statue of Colonel By through the window.

Visited July 2014
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English first
Ottawa, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great Local Museum”
Reviewed 28 July 2014

Great place for when you are feeling overwhelmed by the national narrative and want to step into Ottawa's local history. They have the wax cast of the hand of D'arcy McGee! As well as other Victorian funeral oddities and a working model of the locks so you can see how they work without waiting the 20 minutes it takes to put an actual boat through.

Visited August 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
“Fabulous little gem”
Reviewed 14 July 2014

This museum is housed in the oldest stone building in Ottawa, and although small, packs ALOT of history! Well worth the visit along side the locks of the Rideau canal. The admission price includes heat sets in multiple languages to walk you through the display, or you can download them from their website to play on your own device, in advance. They offer treasure hunts for kids,and the whole ground floor is dedicated to the history of the building of the Rideau Canal and is FREE. The admission is for the 2nd and 3rd floors, and well worth it.

Visited July 2014
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Durham, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
108 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Worth the Visit”
Reviewed 11 July 2014

I was impressed by this small museum, which details the early days of Ottawa, when it was known as Bytown. I took advantage of the free audio guide and was glad I did. It was fun to find out what was going on before Ottawa became the capital and the years thereafter. I'm glad I took the time to see the museum and visit the locks.

Visited July 2014
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West Saint Paul, Minnesota
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Mission First!”
Reviewed 4 July 2014

The locks (which are the reason for Colonel By coming to North America) amazed me, especially considering where and when they were constructed. The By Museum displays Ottawa's English story in an engaging way with appropriate artifacts. The voice recording is well-paced. It starts with England's perceived need for an alternative to the St. Lawrence River for defensive reasons. (We Americans are still invading, in ones and twos!) So begins the history of the wonderful city that Ottawa is today. The museum contains much detail, but the narrative is never weighted down.

Visited July 2014
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