Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Taking In Two Views Of The Bytown Museum

These two were engaged in colouring a mural that had been hung up on the wall below the Museum as part of the day's festivities. The Museum is the oldest stone building in the city, having had been John By's headquarters during the construction of the Canal. Today it serves as a local history museum, but since Ottawa is the capital of the country, the local history blends together with the national history.

Stepping further back, we get a wider view of the Chateau, the Canal, and the Museum.


  1. Like seeing the roots of the nation

    ALOHA from Honolulu

  2. It's even more beautiful up close! For the oldest stone building, it certainly is a beauty.

  3. that activity of colouring in the mural is cool!!

    the stone building reminds of when I was a child and my parents took my sister and I on holiday right to the top of the North Island of New Zealand where there was NZs oldest stone building thanks for reminding me :)

  4. Ottawa, possibly, be the city that have more museums in Canada,,,, right?


  5. What a great lock, is that a mural they are painting

  6. Two really nice shots. I'd like to help paint the mural.

  7. i really enjoy the 2nd shot - that castle like building on the left. so neat!! ( :

  8. Another place I liked at first sight!

  9. What a nice idea to let many participate in colouring the mural.

  10. Looks like a lovely place for a stroll.

  11. It's all so nice, William. Love the mural idea and the old Bay house looks in great shape. In Gainesville, Florida, about 35 miles north of us, home to the Univ. of Florida, there's a wall that runs for about 6 blocks upon which people are invited to do their graffiti. It's pretty wild, but I think does keep the graffiti-prone in check.

  12. i like the stone work in the wall and building. :)

  13. @Cloudia: I like showing them.

    @Kay: it has a lot of character and history to it.

    @Jen: whoever had the idea of that was on the right track. There were a good deal of kids down there that day.

    @Tomas: yes, when you factor in both the national museums and a number of local museums, I would say we have the most.

    @Bill: it is!

    @Pat: certainly it looks like a collaborative project.

    @Beth: the Chateau Laurier is fascinating from many angles.

    @VP: thanks!

    @EG: it was.

    @Revrunner: it is.

    @Lowell: that sounds like a good idea.

    @Tex: me too.

  14. That's great. Hands-on history.

  15. In the winter I appreciate a photo showing vivid green grass and leaves. It makes me feel warmer!

  16. What a fun idea to make the mural open to the public for coloring!

  17. A beautiful setting to work on a mural!

  18. That 2nd shot is wonderful, William!

  19. What a beautiful place to stroll! I'd love to see it!

  20. This will be on my bucket list, mural or no mural!

  21. I like the idea of letting visitors colour the mural.

  22. That's a wonderful old house, and it's a beautiful surrounding looking up as well as looking down.

  23. I would enjoy seeing this as I love old buildings and history. We've been to Ottawa many times but not since 1996! It's a beautiful city. Time to re-visit it. :)

  24. @Stuart: it's quite a place inside.

    @Sharon: I'm glad it turned out nicely.

    @Red: it's quite a contrast to the current weather here.

    @Halcyon: it's very engaging for kids.

    @Lois: certainly!

    @Whisk: thanks!

    @RedPat: thank you.

    @Cheryl: it's good in many a season.

    @Norma: I did too.

    @Ciel: good to know!

    @Marleen: I should have had a go at something on it!

    @Jan: and word has it the place is haunted.

    @Pamela: in which case, the new War Museum should be on your list.

  25. Nice view in that second shot. Did you get a close shot of the mural?

  26. Cloudia is right, the roots of the nation.

  27. @Mari: that it is.

    @Randy: thanks!

    @Linda: yes.

    @Jennifer: it is.

    @Shelly: thanks!