Bytown Museum


The Bytown Museum is a small museum in Ottawa located on the lower locks of the Rideau Canal at the Ottawa River just below Parliament Hill. The museum's exhibits follow the early history of the city, originally known as Bytown, and the construction of the Rideau Canal. The museum is housed in a stone building designed by Thomas McKay and built in 1827. It was investigated by the Girly Ghost hunters for any paranormal activity within its walls. It was shown as the fourth episode, of thirteen, of the named show in 2005.
The museum was opened in 1917 by the Women’s Canadian Historical Society of Ottawa (WCHSO) to house the collection of artifacts that the society had amassed since its founding in 1898. In 1951, the Bytown Museum moved to its current location, a building that was used as a treasury and storehouse during the construction of the Rideau Canal. An Ontario Historical Plaque was erected by the province to commemorate the Commissariat Building's role in Ontario's heritage. The Commissariat Building's structure is the oldest existing stone building in Ottawa, Ontario. A Celtic cross was erected by the Rideau Canal Celtic Cross Committee at the Ottawa Lock station "In Memory of 1000 workers & their families who died building this canal 1826 - 1832.
How to Reach:
 1 Canal Lane Ottawa, ON K1P1L1, Canada (613) 234-4570
Website:
 http://www.bytownmuseum.com
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