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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.

Hours and admission

Hours of operation

Wednesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm

Holiday closure:

December 25, 2023 – January 2, 2024 (reopening Wednesday, January 3)

Admission

Admission is by donation. Special pricing may apply for programs and events.

Programs and special events

Weekend Crafters

February 18, March 24, and April 7 from 1 pm to 4 pm
Admission by cash donation

Play, tinker, and create at Nepean Museum’s MakerStudio! Families are invited to get crafty with monthly drop-in activities inspired by local history. We’re switching up the craft and themed scavenger hunt at each session to explore the permanent exhibition from new perspectives!

February 18 – Stamp art with recycled materials
March 24 – Origami
April 7 – Pinhole projectors (solar eclipse viewer)

Notes:

  • This is a drop-in style program; families are welcome to join the activities at any time during the advertised hours. Please note that the craft activity can only be offered as long as supplies last.
  • Weekend crafters is bested suited for families with children ages 6 to 12. However, younger children may be able to enjoy the activities with the assistance of an adult or older sibling.
  • The primary language of delivery is English. Any printed materials will be provided in both official languages (English/French)

March Break in the MakerStudio

March 11 to March 15 from 10 am to 2 pm
Admission by cash donation

Drop into the MakerStudio at Nepean Museum to discover hands-on activities and daily scavenger hunts inspired by local history – we’re switching up the theme each day, so the fun continues all through the week! Stay tuned for a schedule of activities.

Notes:

  • This is a drop-in style program; families are welcome to join the activities at any time during the advertised hours. Please note that the activity can only be offered as long as supplies last.
  • March Break activities are best suited for families with children ages 6 to 12. However, younger children may be able to enjoy the activities with the assistance of an adult or older sibling.
  • The primary language of delivery is English. Any printed materials will be provided in both official languages (English/French)

You Can’t Do That at the Museum!

Saturdays, February 3, February 10, February 17, and February 25 from 2 pm to 4 pm
Ages 6 to 9
Cost: $12.06 + tax per child
*Registration is required

It’s time to get creative, silly, and a little bit messy, at Nepean Museum! We’ve been inspired by the classic CJOH-TV show “You Can’t Do That On Television” and kids ages 6 to 9 are invited to join us in the MakerStudio to explore a different hands-on activity each week—from building their own instrument to decoding secret messages. And we can’t forget making slime!  

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

February 3 – Slime (75783) *Registration is full
February 10 – Music and audio (75784) *Registration is full
February 17 – Secret codes (75785) *Registration is full
February 25 – Building a homestead  (75786)

Notes:

  • This program is delivered in English. Any printed materials will be provided in both official languages (English/French).
  • A peanut-free snack is provided. Please note that while all reasonable efforts will be made, we cannot guarantee a nut-allergen free space.
  • Information regarding the accessibility of the programming and gallery spaces can be found on the museum’s web page. If you have questions or concerns regarding accessibility, please contact the museum at 613-580-9638 or by email at museums@ottawa.ca.

Tales of the Magical Museum

Ages 9 to 11: Every Friday from February 23 to March 22 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Ages 12 to 14: Every Saturday from February 24 to March 23 from 2 pm to 4 pm
Cost: $29.37 + tax per child (includes all 5 sessions)
*Registration is required

Discover the magic of Nepean Museum in this five-part collaborative storytelling adventure inspired by games like Dungeons & Dragons. Along the way participants will meet colourful characters, collect objects and solve compelling mysteries pulled from local history.

This program will feature a continuous narrative that will be explored over the five-part series. Registration is for the complete series. No prior gameplay experience is needed to join the fun!

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

Ages 9 to 11 - 80879 *Registration is full.
Ages 12 to 14 - 80941

Notes:

  • This program is delivered in English only.
  • Please pack a peanut-free snack and water for your child.
  • Information regarding the accessibility of the programming and gallery spaces can be found on the museum’s web page. If you have questions or concerns regarding accessibility, please contact the museum at 613-580-9638 or by email at museums@ottawa.ca.

Collections and exhibits

Permanent exhibition - Rural Roots and City Streets 

"Nepean: Rural Roots and City Streets" explores this essential piece of Ottawa’s history. Using dozens of photos, artefacts, and interactive elements, this new, permanent exhibition spans the full history of Nepean from its use by Algonguin peoples from time immemorial, up until Nepean’s amalgamation with Ottawa at the turn of the 21st Century.

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 museums@ottawa.ca.

Rentals

For more information, please contact our Customer Service Booking Clerk. Call 613-580-9638 or email museums@ottawa.ca.

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 Inclusive Recreation and accessible services.