The Bytown Museum started out as a storehouse and treasury during the period of the building of the Rideau Canal, erected in 1827. The museum, which was started in 1917 by the Women's Canadian Historical Society of Ottawa, moved its collection into the three story stone building in 1951. The museum was the centrepiece of activities on Colonel By Day.
Among its features are this stone vault from Colonel By's time. The museum is both a local history museum, as well as sharing in the national story, since this is a capital city. Its exhibits range from the pre-European era, the early lumber and Canal days, and the choosing of the capital era onwards. There are also ghost stories associated with the place.
This fellow was sitting down on the ground floor. I liked the contrast between his period clothing and the fact that he was checking his messages.
Among the collection, I wanted another shot of this table, overlaid with glass, and the wood carved into a three dimensional map of the city as it once was.
Nearby, we have a photo of J.R. Booth, the timber baron who had a big influence in the city and beyond in the later 19th century, as well as a uniform, and displayed artifacts typical of lumbermen.
The Union Jack is a good spot to leave off- this particular flag was flying above Parliament Hill on the day of the big fire in February 1916 that destroyed the original Centre Block. The flag itself was taken down before the fire consumed the structure, and is one of the proudly displayed parts of the museum's collection.