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.
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. Like us on Facebook!
Children and Families
Families with children will never be bored at the museum. With animals from Rare Breeds Canada, 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 a.m. and 3 p.m. on alternating Sundays beginning May 11, weather and circumstances permitting. This is a gem you don’t want to miss!
Curriculum-linked programs 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.
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.
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.
The museum is open from May 11 to October 26 on Wednesdays to Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Times may vary for special events and programs. Be sure to check all listings for more details. We re-open for Christmas with our special Vintage Village of Lights, too.
Unless otherwise indicated, regular admission fees apply.
Adults - $7, Seniors and Students - $5, Families (two adults and unlimited children) - $18,
Annual Family Membership $35. Group rates available upon request. Non-resident fees applicable for registered courses. Additional fees may be applicable to some special events and programs.
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 and Map
Only 30 minutes from downtown Ottawa, Cumberland Heritage Village Museum is located in the charming Village of Cumberland.
- Take highway 417 east to highway 174 (Orléans/Rockland turn off).
- At Trim Road the highway becomes two lanes. Keep following it until you arrive at the set of traffic lights at the Village of Cumberland.
- Turn right at the lights on to Cameron Street.
- Turn left at the stop sign on to Old Montreal Road.
- Follow Old Montreal for 1.5 km. The museum is on the right hand side of the road.
- From Gatineau, Quebec, take the Masson-Cumberland ferry operating all day.
- Follow Cameron Street to Old Montreal Road. Turn Left.
- Follow Old Montreal through village for 1.5 km. The museum is on the right.
- Take Highway 174 W towards Ottawa.
- Turn left on Old Montreal Road.
- Follow Old Montreal Road until you reach the museum on the left.
2940 Old Montreal Road
Cumberland, ON K4C 1E6
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