The Nepean Museum is a space where kids and families can learn and explore together. The exhibition gallery showcases Nepean’s history through a series of changing exhibits. With many fun hands-on events, programs and exhibitions, you’ll find lots to discover together.
Upcoming Events and Programs
Check out all museum special events and programs by month.
Doors Open Ottawa – Museum Collections
Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5 from 10 am to 4 pm
During Doors Open Ottawa, experience a guided tour of the museum’s collection area, and enjoy a behind-the scenes look at the museum.
June 10 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Learn to juggle, put on a puppet show, and try some simple acrobatic and dance moves at our Flashback Friday event, where kids will learn about the traditions of Vaudeville. Learn about the life of Nepean’s own Rosina Lawrence, a singer, dancer, and black-and-white film star who appeared in many 1930s films.
From Farm to Food
July 4 to July 8 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
July 11 to July 15 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
July 18 to 22 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
July 25 to July 29 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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The Nepean Museum offers two accessible meeting and event spaces for groups of up to 55 people, starting at $6.60 per hour.
Community and Corporate Meeting Space
Our rental facilities can be set up in any style for optimum creative thinking and sharing of ideas. Make your meeting special by adding on a group tour.
Birthdays and Special Celebrations
Celebrate your birthday, baby shower, or bridal showers inside the museum.
Plan a special birthday celebration for your little one! Organize your own activities, or work with our staff to incorporate some of the museum’s favourite kids programs into the celebrations.
We also have a variety of great resources available for rent including: artifact discovery kits, early settler kit, ice cream making kit, costumes and more!
Nepean Museum outdoor facilities include a children’s climbing frame and sandpit, a basketball court and the Doug Froebel Baseball Park.
Call (613) 580-9638 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for booking details.
We can customize your tour according to the needs of your group.
Group tours are free. If you’d like to stay for lunch or a meeting, you can add on a room rental starting at $6.60 per hour.
Call (613) 580-9638 or email email@example.com for more information and to make your reservation for your group tour!
Girl Guides and Scouts - Earn your badges
Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts programs at the museum offer activities that help meet requirements for the following badges: Heritage, Voyageur Award – Citizenship, Artist, Canadian Heritage, Handicraft, Space Exploration, Purple Star, and Tawny Star.
Sparks, Brownies, and Guides programs at the museum offer activities that help meet requirements for the following badges: Folklore, Heritage, Provincial Heritage, Creative Craft, Gardening, Girlfriends through Time, All about Canada, Modern Canadian Inventions, and Exploring Space.
Please contact us if you would like to organize a program for your troupe. 613-580-9638 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Exhibition – Snap! Capture! Pop!
This year, the Nepean Museum has created a new exhibition showcasing the historical and social development of photography in Canada. Beginning with the 1800s, the exhibition will focus on the development of the photography industry in Ottawa and how it evolved over time. “Snap! Capture! Pop!” will provide a glimpse into what our photographs say about us and our heritage using images, objects, and interactive activities.
"Snap! Capture! Pop!" is on display at the Nepean Museum.
The Artefact Collection
The main exhibition space at the museum houses a collection of artefacts and stories that bring Nepean's history to life for our visitors. Showcasing several themes that connect the dots in the area's evolution, the exhibition also contains interactive elements to facilitate different learning styles.
Volunteer with Us
Join our team of volunteers! The Nepean Museum is looking for volunteers, like you, to help with events, programs and craft prep for our March Break and summer camps.
Contact us at email@example.com to get involved.