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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 its early days as Bytown to present day Ottawa. The museum is located at the Rideau Canal’s Ottawa locks, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, between Parliament Hill and the Fairmont Château Laurier hotel — one of the most picturesque sites in the city.
Websitehttp://bytownmuseum.com/ Bytown Museum1 Canal Lane,Downtown Rideau,Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 5P6 Get Directions
We’re highlighting history with the Bytown Museum, where you can find out how this great city of ours came to be, in a fun and interactive manner. Founded in 1917 by the Women’s Canadian Historical Society of Ottawa, today it is expertly managed by Executive Director Robin Etherington, who truly is a veritable fountain of information.
The museum features a vast display of artifacts dating back as far as 1898 in several exhibits, programs for all ages, and special events throughout the year, with Colonel By Day being the big one for obvious reasons!
While you’re there why not pick up a souvenir for that special someone, even if that special someone is you. Enjoy a tasty treat from the café; fan favourites include the freshly squeezed lemonade, Harvey and Vern’s Olde Fashioned Soda and Mary MacLeod’s Shortbread Unforgettably Delicious Cookies.
To help ensure you get all the information you need, the museum offers an audio guide complimentary with the price of admission, available in six-languages including English, French, German, Spanish, Mandarin and Japanese. Also, while there is nothing like touring a museum in person, coming soon is a virtual tour that will allow ‘guests’ to view exhibits from their smartphone or computer.