Unique in the nation's capital, Cumberland Heritage Village Museum provides an immersive, fun, and educational experience that showcases life in the 1920s and 30s with dozens of heritage and true-to-the-era reproduction buildings – including a working sawmill and blacksmith forge – heritage breed farm animals, people in costume, vintage tractor-pulled wagon rides, and so much more.
Upcoming Events and Programs
Check out all museum special events and programs by month.
Haunted Historic Village, Cumberland Heritage Village Museum
Friday and Saturday nights from October 7 to October 29. Tours start at 7 pm
Ottawa’s most terrifying haunted experience is back! Been before? During the Haunted Historic Village, our entire village is transformed into different Halloween horrors around every corner, so each year is a brand new experience that will push your fears to the limit! Set out into the darkness of a live haunt... You never know what's lurking in the shadows or around the corners of our historic buildings. Last year’s event was sold out, so be sure to purchase your tickets early!
Advanced ticket sales will begin on Wednesday, September 21. Reservations can be made via phone or email and guests will have 48 hours to pay and pick up tickets at Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, Billings Estate National Historic Site or Nepean Museum. Pickup will be from every Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm. The maximum number of tickets for each reservation is 4. Tickets must be reserved for a specific date and time and cannot be exchanged or refunded once purchased.
A percentage of tickets will be available for purchase at the door, but no guarantees! It’s best to reserve in advance.
* Children under 13 years of age must be accompanied by adult.
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There's no need to drive more than 30 minutes beyond downtown Ottawa to step back in time at a historic village! Whether it's for a casual day trip to escape the daily grind, to take advantage of all our open space to relax on the Village Green playing vintage games, or to take part in one of our special events, Cumberland Heritage Village Museum always offers a unique experience that encourages you to play in the past and make memories for the future.
Exhibitions and Artefact Collections
With more than 19,000 artefacts in our care, Cumberland Heritage Village Museum is a treasure trove of objects that tell Ottawa's human history beyond the written word. Our exhibitions make these artefacts accessible in creative, timely, and interesting ways.
Children and Families
Families with children will never be bored at the museum. With animals from Heritage Livestock Club of Eastern Ontario, Radio Flyer wagons, go-carts, two larger-than-life board games, wagon rides, sawmill and blacksmith demonstrations and so much more your family will want to come back again and again to experience everything.
Not offered anywhere else in Ottawa, the miniature railway of the Ottawa Valley Live Steamers and Engineers is a rare experience! Visitors can experience model steam trains and learn about railway operation and history. This opportunity is available between 11 am and 3 pm on alternating Sundays beginning May 11, weather and circumstances permitting. This is a gem you don't want to miss!
Curriculum-linked School programs and educational activities are offered for students from kindergarten through Grade 6. Students will learn through discovery and an up-close, hands-on exploration of the skills, lifestyles and challenges of the 1920s and 30s.
In keeping with our promise of an authentic experience, our village canteen offers refreshments that would have been popular during the 1920s and 30s. Things like hot dogs, lemonade, Sno Cones™, soda, vintage candy, and popcorn are all part of the experience along with their vintage packaging. Canteen services may not be available every day.
Bring Your Own
Visitors are also welcome to bring their own snacks or meals and picnic on the grounds. To preserve the artefacts in the museum, no eating is permitted in the indoor exhibition spaces.
Cumberland Heritage Village Museum is a rare village setting with modern conveniences and rustic charm. Whether you're planning a meeting, a special event, or the most important day of your life, the museum offers facilities with historic character set in a beautiful, tranquil location. With the addition of modern-day conveniences, your guests will enjoy a successful and memorable day.
An affordable and flexible option just 30 minutes from downtown Ottawa, the museum showcases historic buildings, lovely gardens, and 100 acres of fresh country air. The site has an outdoor capacity of up to 250 people, while smaller groups of up to 59 people can be accommodated year-round.
Book an Appointment
The charm of Cumberland Heritage Village Museum must be seen to be believed. Make an appointment with our Customer Service Booking Clerk for a tour of our venue and to receive a full rental information package and application form.