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
16 Rowley Avenue
Nepean, Ontario, K2G 1L9
Tel: (613) 580-9638
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.
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
Check out all museum special events and programs by month.
The last Saturday of every month from 1 pm to 4 pm
New! Come explore the history of Nepean through a variety of fun and interactive activities inside and outside the museum. Drop-in to play games, make crafts, and handle artefacts. Each month features a new theme. Activities are intended for children 3 to 10 years old with accompanying adults, although all are welcome.
Monday, March 13 to Friday, March 17 from 9 am to Noon
Solve a mystery from Nepean’s past by completing puzzles, playing games, and making a craft. Participants will explore a new time period each day. Activities are intended for children ages 6 to 9 years old. Registration is required.
Behind the Lens
Monday, March 13 to Friday, March 17
In the past, taking a picture of someone was hard work! People had to stay still for minutes and setting up the camera took even longer. Join a staff member from the Nepean Museum at an Ottawa Public Library location near you for an outreach program that explores what it was like to be an early photographer! Make a pinhole camera, examine historic camera equipment, and discover what we mean about a picture being worth a thousand words. Locations and times are available on the Ottawa Public Library Program and Event website.
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
Get invites to our future events, programs and exhibits two ways:
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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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com for booking details.
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.
- 3 designated parking spaces
- Accessible path of travel from the parking lot to entrance
- 20 metres from parking space to the door
- 2 accessible entrances
- Entrances marked with the International Symbol of Accessibility
- Wide door for wheelchair passage
- Automatic door opener
- Direct access to the main floor, lobby, elevator
- All public spaces on accessible path of travel
- Ramps or elevators to all levels
- Accessible seating available
- Floor area for manoeuvring a wheelchair
- Swipe access from seated position
- Large lettering
- Located on lower level
- Automatic door opener
- Large stalls to allow transfers
- Universal (gender-neutral)
- Access to all floors
- One-wheelchair lift
- Located between the two entrances
- Volume control
- Accessible path
- All exhibition spaces are accessible
- Captioned videos
- Wheelchair accessible
- Good visbility for patrons in wheelchairs
- Interpretative labels/panels in large font
Learn more about special needs and accessible services.