Cumberland Heritage Village Museum

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Step back in time to the 1920s and 1930s while exploring an historic village just a 30-minute drive outside Ottawa's downtown core. See dozens of heritage buildings and true-to-era reproductions. Find a quiet escape or join us for a special event. The Cumberland Heritage Village Museum offers unique opportunities to create unforgettable moments for visitors of all ages. 

Programs and special events

“Tales from the Village” with Vintage Stock Theatre

Saturdays and Sundays, March 2 to 3 and March 9 to 10 from 1 pm to 4 pm
Ages 17 and up
Cost: $19.90 per person + tax 
Advance registration strongly encouraged

Enjoy a cozy winter day with friends or family at Cumberland Heritage Village Museum as actors from Vintage Stock Theatre bring the words of local storytellers to life. As you pass from building to building, exploring the 1920s and 30s village and heritage structures, you’ll listen to stories inspired by characters and tales from our community’s history. Then relax near the bonfire with a warm drink and baked goods (available for purchase from the canteen) before visiting the forge to see the blacksmith at work, offering a unique glimpse at a traditional trade. 

Featured stories:

Moonlight at Midnight (Foubert House)
The Wind's Folly (Loyal Orange Lodge)
On Doctor's Advice (Knox Church)
The Story of the One Room Schoolhouse (Schoolhouse)
The Golden Shovel (Bandstand)

To register, please visit Register Ottawa and search for your preferred date and entry time using the activity codes below. 

March 2 (1 pm to 2:30 pm) – 91761
March 2 (2:30 pm to 4 pm) – 91762
March 3 (1 pm to 2:30 pm) – 91763
March 3 (2:30 pm to 4 pm) – 91764

March 9 (1 pm to 2:30 pm) – 91765
March 9 (2:30 pm to 4 pm) – 91768
March 10 (1 pm to 2:30 pm) – 91766
March 10 (2:30 pm to 4 pm) – 91767

Notes:

  • Storytelling will be presented in English only. 
  • This program will take place both indoors and outdoors, and audience members will move between buildings and locations to enjoy the program in full. Please dress for the weather, including appropriate footwear. 
  • This program will run as scheduled in most weather conditions and registrations will be honoured for the original date booked. Registration is non-refundable and non-transferable. 
  • Stories may address some mature subject matter (e.g., death, violence, disease, etc.); visitor discretion is advised. 
  • Storytellers will be in buildings with accessible entrances. Visitors will travel between buildings and storytelling/demonstration locations using packed gravel pathways. Accessible parking is in front of the train station (admission building). If you have questions or concerns regarding accessibility, please contact the museum by phone at 613-580-2988 or by email at museecumberlandmuseum@ottawa.ca. Additional information about accessibility can be found on the museum webpage.

Hop into Spring

Saturday, March 30 from 10 am to 4 pm
Cost: $22.68 + tax per group (maximum of 6 people per group; children 2 and under are not counted toward the group total)
Advance registration is required. Best suited to families with children ages 10 and under. 

Spring is right around the corner and we’re hosting a day of fun, hands-on, family-friendly activities to celebrate the season’s arrival! Say hello to some baby animals with the Heritage Livestock Club of Eastern Ontario, help us crack the case of the farmer’s missing carrots, get creative with a seasonal craft, and more. You might even spot the Easter Bunny and collect a small treat or two along the way.

To register, please visit Register Ottawa and search for your preferred timeslot using the activity codes listed below.

10 am to noon - 92402
noon to 2 pm - 92403
2 pm to 4 pm - 92404

Notes:

  • Registration is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • This program runs rain or shine and takes place both indoors and outdoors. Please check the forecast and dress for weather conditions, including proper footwear for wet, snowy, or muddy conditions.
  • All reasonable attempts will be made to ensure any candies or chocolate distributed as part of this program are nut free. However, we cannot guarantee a 100% nut free environment.
  • Visitors move between buildings using packed gravel pathways. Most buildings have accessible entrances, however, due to the building standards of their time, a small number of heritage buildings may not be accessible to all. Designated accessible parking spots are located in front of the train station (admission building). If you have event participation questions due to disability or have concerns regarding the accessibility of the event, please contact the museum by phone at 613-580-2988 or by email at museecumberlandmuseum@ottawa.ca. Additional information about accessibility can be found on the museum web page.
  • Please note that access to some buildings or exhibition spaces may be limited as we prepare the museum for our summer operating season and to reduce the impact of water, salt, and mud on our heritage spaces. Thank you for your understanding.

 

Makers at the Museum: Introduction to hand quilting

Saturday, February 10 and Sunday, February 25 from 1 pm to 5 pm
Ages 16 and up.
Cost: $60 per person (taxes included). Advance registration is required.

Learn the basics of hand quilting and create your own colorful patchwork coaster (approximately 4”- 4.5” square) under the guidance of a textile artist from the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum. This workshop will focus on beginner-friendly hand quilting techniques (e.g., basic stitches, how to connect squares, how to add backing and batting, etc.) but all skill levels are welcome. These skills will help provide a foundation to inspire future projects at home. Supplies for this project are included in the cost of registration. Light refreshments will be served.

Makers at the Museum is a series hosted by the City of Ottawa Museums and Historic Sites that introduces participants to traditional handicrafts through beginner-friendly workshops led by skilled artisans.

To register, please visit Register Ottawa and search for your preferred session using the activity codes below. The same content will be covered in both sessions; participants only need to register for a single session.

February 10 – 90710
February 25 - 90712

Notes:

  • This workshop will be delivered in English.
  • Advance registration is required. Workshops with insufficient registration may be cancelled. If an alternative date cannot be found, a refund will be issued.
  • Visit the Ottawa Hand in Hand webpage for information on available financial supports to facilitate participation in City of Ottawa recreation and culture programs.
  • There is no public transportation to the museum. Free onsite parking is available.
  • If you have questions or concerns regarding accessibility, please contact the museum by phone at 613-580-2988 or by email at museecumberlandmuseum@ottawa.ca. Additional information about the accessibility of our site can be found on the museum webpage.

Makers at the Museum: Leatherworking

Sunday, February 11 and Saturday, February 24 from 1 pm to 5 pm
Ages 16 and up.
Cost: $100 per person (taxes included). Advance registration is required.

Learn the basics of leather work and create your own traveler’s journal under the guidance of a leatherworker from Cumberland Heritage Village Museum. In this beginner leather course, participants will create a hand stitched, leather bound, journal with personalized embossed initials. Learn to layout, emboss, stitch, snap, set and rivet to create a heritage-style traveler’s journal. These skills will help provide a foundation to inspire future projects at home. Supplies for this project are included in the cost of registration. Light refreshments will be served.

Makers at the Museum is a series hosted by the City of Ottawa Museums and Historic Sites that introduces participants to traditional handicrafts through beginner-friendly workshops led by skilled artisans.

To register, please visit Register Ottawa and search for your preferred session using the activity codes below. The same content will be covered in both sessions; participants only need to register for a single session.

February 11 - 91302
February 24 - 91305

Notes:

  • This workshop will be delivered in English.
  • Advance registration is required. Workshops with insufficient registration may be cancelled. If an alternative date cannot be found, a refund will be issued.
  • Visit the Ottawa Hand in Hand webpage for information on available financial supports to facilitate participation in City of Ottawa recreation and culture programs.
  • There is no public transportation to the museum. Free onsite parking is available. 
  • If you have questions or concerns regarding accessibility, please contact the museum by phone at 613-580-2988 or by email at museecumberlandmuseum@ottawa.ca. Additional information about the accessibility of our site can be found on the museum webpage.

Collections and permanent exhibitions

Representing a fascinating period in our history - the 1920s and 1930s - the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum's collection represents the social, cultural, technological, and economic changes of the era between the First and Second World Wars. Textiles, mass communication devices, agricultural equipment, recreational items, and furnishings are just a few examples of the more than 19,000 objects in our care in this collection, with many of them on site as part of the museum's immersive exhibition experience.

Permanent exhibition

Nestled next to fields of hay, corn, and barley, the entire museum is an immersive exhibition that tells the story of rural life as new technologies, transportation, and cultural trends were emerging. As you stroll through the village and explore its many buildings and spaces, you and your family will learn the stories of a fascinating part of history and see thousands of historic objects, machinery, and equipment that may seem in some ways so different from today, and in other ways very much the same.

Our volunteers

The City of Ottawa Museums are committed to offering residents meaningful and rewarding volunteer experiences.

Heritage volunteers play an invaluable role in preserving our unique heritage and in providing museum visitors of all ages with opportunities to appreciate our shared story.

Thank you to all our volunteer team members for their continued support.

The museums are not currently accepting new volunteers. If you have any questions about the volunteer program or would like to be notified when volunteering resumes, please contact MuseeCumberlandMuseum@ottawa.ca.

Rentals

A vintage rural setting with dozens of historic and true-to-era buildings, acres of greenspace, and gardens provide a nostalgic and picturesque backdrop for your special events.

For more information, please contact our Customer Service Booking Clerk. Call 613-580-2988 or email museecumberlandmuseum@ottawa.ca.

Accessibility

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.

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

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

Entrance/Exit

  • Ramp
  • Direct access to the main floor and admissions.

Interior

  • Ramps in 16 of 20 buildings
  • Automatic door access to Train Station and Canteen
  • Wheelchair available to patrons

Reception desks

  • Accessible counters
  • Floor area for manoeuvring a wheelchair

Signage

  • Directional signs
  • High contrast signage
  • Large lettering

Floor Surfaces

  • Slip resistant surfaces
  • Low pile carpet, Wooden floor boards and G-floor covering

Washrooms

  • Accessible washroom (Canteen)
  • Automatic door opener
  • Lowered sink counters
  • Large stalls to allow transfers

Stairs

  • Good colour contrast (Train Station)
  • Continuous hand rails (Train Station & Duford House)

Museums/Galleries/Archives

  • 14 exhibitions spaces are accessible

Learn more about special needs and accessible services.