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Nepean Museum

About us

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.

Locations and hours

Location

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 on all statutory holidays. 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.

Upcoming events and programs

Saturday Explorers: Crafting in the Past

Saturday, May 27, from 1pm to 4pm

Drop by with your family and discover the history of crafting in Nepean. Guided and self-guided activities will be available around the museum.  Explore a touch table of historic artefacts, contribute to a Nepean Museum quilt, and try your hand at spinning and weaving! Activities created for children ages 3 to 10 and accompanying adults, but all are welcome.

Cost: $6.30

Heritage Trades: Can You Build It?

Friday, May 19, from 8:30am to 4:30pm

Register your child for a fun day learning through play! Kids will use their hands to design, carve and build. Activities will take place indoors and outside; participants should dress appropriately for the weather. Please bring a water bottle and peanut-free snack and lunch. Program will be delivered in English by a bilingual staff member. Children ages 6 to 10. Registration required by Friday, May 12. City of Ottawa online registration barcode:  1100943

Cost: $15.65 

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

Stay Connected

Get invites to our future events, programs and exhibits two ways:

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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!

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.

Collections and exhibits

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.

Venue 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.

Accessibility

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.

The accessibility features of this facility are detailed below. While the City of Ottawa is constantly working to improve access, please note that not all parts of every facility are necessarily 'accessible for all' as facilities were built to meet accessibility standards of their time.

Parking

  • 3 designated parking spaces
  • Accessible path of travel from the parking lot to entrance
  • 20 metres from parking space to the door

Entrance/Exit

  • 2 accessible entrances
  • Entrances marked with the International Symbol of Accessibility
  • Ramp
  • Wide door for wheelchair passage
  • Automatic door opener
  • Direct access to the main floor, lobby, elevator

Interior 

  • All public spaces on accessible path of travel
  • Ramps or elevators to all levels
  • Accessible seating available

Reception desks

  • Floor area for manoeuvring a wheelchair
  • Swipe access from seated position

Signage

  • Large lettering

Washrooms

  • Located on lower level
  • Automatic door opener
  • Large stalls to allow transfers
  • Universal (gender-neutral)

Elevator/Lift

  • Access to all floors
  • One-wheelchair lift
  • Located between the two entrances

Telephone

  • Volume control
  • Accessible path

Museums/Galleries/Archives

  • All exhibition spaces are accessible
  • Captioned videos
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Good visibility for patrons in wheelchairs
  • Interpretative labels/panels in large font 

Learn more about special needs and accessible services.