Nepean Museum

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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

Closed: December 19 through January 3.

Winter Hours
Beginning January 4, 2023:
Wednesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm

Closed: Friday, April 7 (Good Friday).

Book your visit online.


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

Programs and special events

History Hackers

Saturdays: February 11, February 18, February 25 and March 4.
10:30 am to noon.
Ages: 6 to 9.
Cost: $12 per child. Advance registration is required.

History Hackers is back! Explore how Nepean’s material past transformed over time through science, technology, engineering, art, and math (S.T.E.A.M.). Discover a different theme each week and get inspired by unique objects from the museum’s collection. *Please note that this program is delivered in English only. 

Register online at Register Ottawa. Search “Nepean Museum” or by using the activity numbers listed below.  Registration closes 24 hours before the session’s scheduled start time.

Saturday, February 11 – What is a map? (45450)

Re-create and re-imagine a map from your own perspective while learning the history of map making and the impact mapping had on Indigenous peoples.

Saturday, February 18 – Building a homestead (45451)

Design and create a new tool using heritage objects from our learning collection as your inspiration. 

Saturday, February 25 – Make your own toy (45452)

Play with heritage toys from our learning collection and build an animated toy of your own using recycled materials.

Saturday, March 4 – Secret codes (45454)

Make invisible ink and learn to send messages in Morse code.


  • Please pack a peanut-free snack and water for your child.
  • Sessions with insufficient registration may be cancelled. If an alternative cannot be offered, a refund will be issued.
  • Museum staff will assist participants with any assembly including sewing, hot glue, etc., and safety glasses will be worn. Most sessions will include some use of electronics (e.g. circuits, iPad, iPhone, etc.). Some electronic equipment may produce buzzing noises or small flashing lights. A community room will be available as a quiet zone if a break from noises or activities is needed.
  • If you have questions or concerns regarding accessibility, please contact the museum by phone at 613-580-9638 or by email at Additional information about accessibility can be found on the museum web page.

Collections and exhibits

Virtual Exhibition - Cabinet of Curiosities 

Cabinets of curiosities displayed the strange and the scientific, the weird and the wonderful. Our team has gone through our collections and picked out the artefacts that appeal most to them to create our very own cabinet of curiosities. You can enjoy this exhibition from the comfort of your own home while learning the history of each artefact and why it stood out to our staff. Enter Cabinet of Curiosities here!

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


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


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
  • Ramp
  • 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

Reception desks

  • 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 visibility for patrons in wheelchairs
  • Interpretative labels/panels in large font 

Learn more about Inclusive Recreation and accessible services.