Mother's Day Tea
Sunday, May 14
Please note that reservations are full for our Mother's Day Tea.
If you would still like to experience afternoon tea at the musuem on another day, please call 613-247-4830 ext. 221 and make a reservation for our Tea on the Lawn service.
PA Day Program: Plan. Design. Construct. [CANCELLED]
Friday, May 19 from 8:30am to 4:30pm
Unfortunately, we have had to cancel this program. You can still register for the Nepean Museum PA Day program on the same day!
Yoga on the Lawn
Saturday, May 20 from 9am to 11:30am
Start your day on the right foot with relaxing one hour outdoor yoga class followed by a light breakfast in our outdoor tea room surrounded by the serenity of the Estate. Ages 16+. Registration required.
Cost: $31.20 per person
Doors Open Ottawa
Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Visit during this free event to learn about the 190 year evolution of the Billings Estate from family home to popular museum. Learn about how the oldest wood-frame house in Ottawa is preserved, and what heritage conservation involves.
PA Day Program: Alice in Wonderland
Friday, June 9 from 8:30am to 4:30pm
Go down the rabbit hole this PA Day for a day full of exploration, adventure and silly fun! Play games, sing songs and make Victorian inspired crafts- all with a crazy twist! Children ages 6 to 10. Registration required.
Vintage Car Show
Sunday, June 18 from 10am to 4pm
Join us for this year’s annual Vintage Car show. Meet car owners proud to display and chat about their antique vehicles, and see the Billings family Cadillac! Take a tour of the site, play games on the lawn, and listen to live music while you enjoy a BBQ lunch.
Cost: $6.30/person, $10.45/pair, $16/75/family, cost of BBQ is extra.
Can You Dig It
Thursdays in July from 10:00 am to 11:30am
Get your hands dirty like Indiana Jones while learning about archaeology at the home of Canada's first paleontologist, Elkanah Billings. Dig for artefacts in our onsite pit, identify mysterious objects and learn hand-on techniques that archaeologists use every day! Portions of this program will be outdoors, please come dressed for the weather. Children ages 6 to 10. Registration required.
Fridays in July from 10:00 am to 11:00 am
What’s that hiding in the garden and lurking on the lawn? Bugs, of course! Each week learn about a different insect’s life-cycle, diet, and home before making a buggy craft! Portions of this program will be outdoors, please come dressed for the weather. Children ages 3 to 5. Registration required.
Canada Day Tea
Saturday, July 1 from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm
Come together to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday with a very special Canada Day Tea. Spend time with your loved ones while enjoying a traditional three-tier platter. Registration is required, and opens on Friday, May 26.
Cost: $22.60 per person (including taxes).
Pride and Prejudice Garden Party
Sunday, July 23 from 10:30am to 4pm
Does the thought of Mr. Darcy make you blush? Then this tea is for you! Enjoy the beautiful gardens of Billings Estate while interacting with some of your favourite Jane Austen Characters. Play traditional Edwardian lawn games and try English Country Dancing in an effort to work up an appetite fit for a traditional three-tier tea service. Registration is required, and opens on Friday, June 9.
Cost: $22.60 per person (including taxes).
Wednesdays, August 2-23, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Who dunnit!? Search Billings Estate for clues as you try to solve a different mystery each week. Children ages 8 to 12. Registration required.
Step into the Kitchen
Thursdays, August 3-24, from 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Mix and measure your way through a heritage cooking lesson. With a new theme each week and a tasty treat to take home, kids will love learning where ingredients came from and how they made their way from the farm to their tummies. Children ages 5 to 7. Registration required.
Preschool Play Date
Fridays in August from 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Bring your preschoolers to the museum each Friday morning in August to play, dress-up, and use their imaginations! Each week we will explore a different topic and parents are welcome to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds following the program. Portions of this program will be outdoors- parents and children are advised to come dressed for the weather. Children ages 3 to 5. Registration required.
Vintage Motorcycle Show
Sunday, August 20 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Join the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group, whose members will be displaying their prized possessions for the day! Work up an appetite by taking a tour of the museum and checking out the specs before enjoying a BBQ lunch.
Cost: $6.30/person, $10.45/pair, $16.75/family, cost of BBQ is extra.
School Programs and Educational Activities are offered for students from kindergarten to Grade 8 from Wednesday to Friday during the months of May, June, September and October.
Food and drink
The museum's food service is known for both its quality and affordability. Specializing in refreshments and baked goods made from scratch and served overlooking heritage gardens, our food service is a unique addition to the site.
Tea on the Lawn and Boxed Lunches are available from May 17 to September 3 on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays, from 10:30 am until 4 pm, rain or shine. Indoor tea service can be arranged for groups during the rest of the year. Reservations are recommended to avoid disappointment.
Tea on the Lawn
The afternoon tea service overlooking this National Historic Site's beautiful flower gardens is one of the museum's most popular features. Choose a scone and tea served with Devonshire cream and jam or order our 3-tier service with finger sandwiches, scones, and desserts ($13.00 + tax per person). Reservations are highly recommended. Please call the museum at 613-247-4830.
Because we use the freshest ingredients possible, it's best to contact the museum at 613-247-4830 for the daily menu.
If you're interested in refreshments but would prefer a more casual meal than the Tea on the Lawn service, the museum can prepare a small boxed lunch for you and your family to enjoy on the park grounds of the museum. For $6.50 per meal, you'll receive one of the sandwiches being prepared as part of the tea service that day, a dessert, a drink, and a piece of fruit. Please call ahead to avoid disappointment.
Bring Your Own
Visitors are also welcome to bring their own snacks or meals and picnic in the park. To preserve the artefacts in the museum, no eating or drinking is permitted in the exhibition spaces.