Nepean museum provides seasonal, on-site, interpretative tours of Fairfields. An hour-long tour of Fairfields presents the history of five generations of the Bell family from 1823 to 2000 within the context of the greater Ottawa area. The interior of the home has been refurnished with artefacts to reflect different themes of the Bell family history. Visitors will learn about the family’s entrepreneurial, philanthropic, professional and political activities.
Upcoming Events and Programs
Check out all museum special events and programs by month.
Doors Open Ottawa
Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5 from 10 am to 4 pm
Take a guided tour of the Fairfields Heritage Property, a 19th century gothic revival farmhouse, which was the first heritage property designated by the former municipality of Nepean. Learn about the five generation of the Bell family that lived in the home.
Travelling Tent Show
Friday, June 10 from 7 pm
Before radio and cinema, tent shows provided an opportunity for communities to come together to be entertained. The Ottawa Storytellers will join us to present live theatrical and musical performances.
From Farm to Food
August 2 to August 5 from 9 am to 12 pm
From Farm to Food is a weeklong summer program that will identify resources that settlers in Nepean would have obtained from farming and will discuss how they would have been used. Each day will feature different activities, crafts and topics. Join us for a game of “Steal the Bacon”, make a craft, and make homemade butter.
By Land and Sea
August 8 to August 12 from 9 am to 12 pm
Learn about the many different modes of transportation that were used in and around Nepean in the 1920s. Make a balloon car, have a balloon car race, and make crafts.
Tools of the Trade
August 15 to 19 from 9 am to 12 pm
In this weeklong summer program, participants will explore how people’s roles and tools have changed over time. Make crafts, play games, study artefacts, and use the museum’s discovery kits,
Home and Away
August 22 to 26 from 9 am to 12 pm
Home and Away is a weeklong summer program that focuses on the challenges that new immigrants were faced with as early settlers. Participants will play games, make crafts and learn how settlers would communicate with family who lived far away. Write postcards, paper weaving, lawn games
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An impressive 19th century Gothic Revival farm house, Fairfields Heritage House represents the homestead and community building legacy of the Bell family. Originally built on 660 acres of farm land, the museum tells the epic story of almost 200 years of rich, local history and the people who so actively helped shape the evolution of the area.
Beautiful green lawns surround the house and are an invitation to spend leisure time at the site. With a gazebo, gardens, and statuesque trees the space is perfect for picnics, exploration, and family-friendly activities.
With guided tours, as well as programs and events for families, Fairfields Heritage House remains a hub of community activity.
Exhibitions and Artefact Collections
Recreated historic rooms of this designated heritage site tell the story of the many generations of the Bell family who made their mark on the home, the property, and their community over the 175 years they lived at the site. Artefacts, including furniture, personal belongings, and artwork tell the story of the Bell family's shifting priorities from farming to social issues to politics.
School Programs offered at Fairfields
Take your class to Fairfields for our unique school programs. Contact the Nepean Museum for more information at 613-580-9638, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fairfields Heritage House is the perfect picnic location. Visitors are also welcome to bring their own snacks or meals and enjoy them in the park. To preserve the artefacts in the museum, no eating is permitted in the exhibition spaces.
Take advantage of the museum's ideal location in the community to rent the grounds for your special event. Contact us at email@example.com or 613-580-9638 to book an appointment or to find out more about our rentals.