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.
Vintage Stock Theatre - Murder Mystery
Saturday, August 6 at 6 pm and Sunday, August 14 at 5 pm
Presented by Vintage Stock Theatre
It's 1948, and folk in a small village are feeling more cheerful now with the war ended and hoping life will get back to normal. They turn out to a "Welcome Back Tea" for one of their own who joined up and is finally coming home, with a wife and a butler. But his arrival sparks questions - why was he so late coming back? couldn't he come home for his father's funeral? why does he appear to argue with just about everyone? Mayhem and death ensue before the puzzles are answered, in "Murder Indeed Sir." Not suitable for children.
Cost: Tickets must be pre-purchased from Vintage Stock Theatre. Details at vintagestock.on.ca.
Summertime Explorers: Creepy Crawlies
August 7 from 10 am to 4 pm
Bring the kids out to explore the world of insects, bugs and spiders! Are you a “good bug” or a “bad bug”? Join us on a bug hunt and collect different kinds of bugs to create a personalized terrarium, and make origami insects.
Cost: Regular admission
Drive-In Movie - The Adventures of Robin Hood
Saturday, August 27 - gates open at 6:30 pm
The Adventures of Robin Hood, the classic tale of the Legend of Robin Hood, who stole from the rich and gave to the poor is coming to the big screen! Enjoy the atmosphere of a classic drive-in along with our vintage concession stand and learn about how stunts from the movie were done. Fire an arrow at our archery range, and capture a selfie with Robin Hood, Maid Marion, and a bard of Merry Men!
Cost: $10.20 / adult; $5.10 / student; Free – children under 5 years of age OR $30.60 / carload – maximum 5 people / vehicle - additional people, ie. 6 or more people / carload - $5.10 / person (no charge for children under 5 years of age); $5.10 / person for walk-ins; No memberships or special passes
Fall into Harvest
Saturday, September 3 & Sunday, September 4 from 10 am to 4 pm
Saturday, September 10 & Sunday, September 11 from 10 am to 4 pm
It’s Harvest Time!
Join us for our Fall Into Harvest event and harvest produce from our gardens, including sunflowers, potatoes and pumpkins, go through the corn maze, learn to identify apples and herbs, see demonstrations of agricultural machinery and enjoy a corn boil!
Cost: Regular admission
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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.