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.

October 

Culture Days, Fairfields Heritage House

Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2 from 10 am to 4 pm

Visit Nepean’s first heritage home by guided tour, available throughout the day.  Learn about the Bell family and their many contributions to local history.

Cost: Free

 

Trick-or-Treat!, Fairfields Heritage House 

Monday, October 31 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

If you’re out trick-or-treating in the neighbourhood be sure to stop by Fairfields.  We’ll have plenty of treats on hand, and maybe a few tricks up our sleeves, too!

Cost: Free

 

December  

Victorian Christmas, Fairfields Heritage House  

Sunday, December 18 from 5 pm to 8 pm

Stop in this evening to see what Christmas was like in a 19th-century Ontario home.  Enjoy sampling traditional Christmas treats and listening to Victorian Christmas carols.  Guided tours will explore the Bell family’s history and Christmas traditions.

Cost: $6.15/individual, $10.20/pair, $16.35/family

  

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About Us

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 museums@ottawa.ca.

Eating

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.

Venue Rentals

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Take advantage of the museum's ideal location in the community to rent the grounds for your special event. Contact us at museums@ottawa.ca or 613-580-9638 to book an appointment or to find out more about our rentals.

Location and hours

3080 Richmond Road
Nepean, Ontario, K2B 7J5

Tel: 613-726-2652
Email: museums@ottawa.ca

Hours

Tours are available by appointment between 10 am and 4 pm. Times may vary for special events and/or programs. Be sure to check all listings for more details.

Admission

Admission for guided tours is free. Special event and program fees may apply. Contact the museum for special group rates. Family rates allow for a maximum of two adults. We require two weeks notice to make accommodations for our visitors with special needs.

Accessibility

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Work with us to shape your experience. Contact the museum before your visit to discuss your needs. Information about accessibility at the facility, programs, and services is available upon request.

Driving directions

From Ottawa and points east

Take HWY 417 to exit 130 Richmond Road North and merge onto Richmond Road. The museum will be on your right.

From Kanata and points west

Take HWY 417 to exit 130 Holly Acres Road/Richmond Road. Turn right on Holly Acres Road and then left on Richmond Road. The museum will be on your right.

By bus

Fairfields Heritage House is conveniently served by routes 2, 97, and 172.