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.

October 

Pumpkin Party, Nepean Museum

Sunday, October 23 from 10 am to 4 pm. 

Looking for a safe, family-friendly place to celebrate Halloween? We’re pulling out all the spooky stops with a costume parade (make sure to dress in your Halloween best!), fortune-telling games, face painting, and pumpkin decorating. The museum is definitely the place to be for Halloween fun!

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

 

December  

A Nepean Christmas, Nepean Museum 

Sunday, December 11 from 10 am to 4 pm

Head to the museum with kids in tow to have fun learning about old-fashioned Christmas traditions.  Take home a gingerbread house and a Christmas card, and maybe even meet St. Nick himself!

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

 

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Facility Rentals

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 museums@ottawa.ca for booking details.

Group Tours

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 museums@ottawa.ca 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 museums@ottawa.ca

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 museums@ottawa.ca to get involved.

Location and hours

16 Rowley Avenue
Nepean, Ontario, K2G 1L9

Email: museums@ottawa.ca

Tel: (613) 580-9638

Hours

The museum is open Monday to Friday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 pm to 4 pm. Closed November 11, December 25 and 26, and January 1. Times may vary for special events and/or programs. Be sure to check all listings for more details.

Admission

Daily admission to the museum 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.

Accessibility

View our accessibility features.

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

Driving directions

Take the Maitland Avenue exit (Exit 127) from the Queensway and turn right on to Maitland Avenue. Continue along Maitland Avenue. The street name will change first to Clyde Avenue and then to Merivale Road. Turn right onto Meadowlands Drive and continue past the first set of lights. Turn right onto Rowley Avenue, past Harris Place to the museum located on the left.

By bus

Nepean Museum can be reached using bus numbers 86, 116, and 117.