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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.

Location and hours

16 Rowley Avenue
Nepean, Ontario, K2G 1L9

Contact us

Tel: (613) 580-9638
Email: museums@ottawa.ca
Facebook: @NepeanMuseum
Subscribe to our monthly "At your museum" eNewsletter. 

Hours

Please note that the museum will be closed for the holidays on Wednesday, December 25, Thursday, December 26, and Wednesday, January 1. Excluding these dates, regular hours of operation will be in place.

Wednesday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm
Monday - Tuesday: Closed
Closed on all statutory holidays.

*Hours of operation may vary for special events and/or programs. 

Admission

Admission to the museum is by donation. Special event and program fees may apply. Contact the museum for special group rates. 

Programs and special events

March Break - Mornings on the Homestead

March 16 to 20 from 9 am to 12 pm
Ages 6 to 9
Cost: $7 per child (registration is required)

Experience life as a early settler in Nepean. Each morning, participants will dress the part in heritage-inspired costumes and learn a new skill that would have been essential to life on the homestead.

Please use the barcode(s) below to register your child using Service Ottawa’s online system.

*This program will be delivered in English with bilingual (English/French) staff available to assist.

Monday, March 16 – Leather Working
Barcode: 1535542
Explore the different techniques used in leather crafting and the daily clothing worn by early settlers.

Tuesday, March 17 – Farm Chores
Barcode: 1535544
Discover a typical day of chores on a farm and learn important skills for keeping your homestead tidy.

Wednesday, March 18 – Quilting and Embroidery
Barcode: 1535547
Knowing how to sew and mend your own clothes was essential for life on the homestead. Learn the basics of sewing, embroidery, and quilting (using plastic needles) and discover the significance of the family quilt.

Thursday, March 19 – Candles and Communication
Barcode: 1535553
What was life like before electricity in the home? Early settlers used candles to help them complete daily tasks after the sun set for the day. Learn about electricity, how to roll candles by hand, make paper, and explore different forms of communication, like pen and ink, that would certainly have needed a bit of light to accomplish.

Friday, March 20 – Bread Rises in the Morning
Barcode: 1535561
For early settlers, preparing a meal wasn’t as easy as popping down to the store. Mill your own flour, roll out the dough, and learn to make bread. (Please notify staff of any allergy concerns).

Heritage Demonstrations

Saturdays from 10 am to 1 pm
January 11 to March 28
Cost: by donation

Join us at the museum each Saturday for a mini-demonstration highlighting a different heritage-inspired skill or activity. Explore the exhibition and see history come to life before your eyes!

February 29 – Corn Husk Dolls
Learn more about the origins of this traditional craft and make a corn husk doll of your very own.

March 7 – Cheese Making
Discover the history of dairy farming through a cheese making demonstration – you might even have the chance to knead some cheese yourself

March 14 – Slime!
The popular show You Can’t Do That On Television was filmed right here in Nepean. Discover the history of Nickelodeon’s famous slime logo and make your own slime.

March 21 – Beeswax Candle Making
Explore how bees support our ecosystem and learn to hand roll your own beeswax candle.

March 28 – Leather Working
Personalize a leather bracelet using a leather hammer and engraving tools while learning more about how leather crafts have been used from clothing to farm tools.

Girl Guides and Scouts - Earn your badges!

Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts programs at the museum offer activities that help meet requirements for various badges.

Sparks, Brownies, and Guides programs at the museum offer activities that help meet requirements for various badges.

Please contact us if you would like to organize a program for your troupe. 613-580-9638 or email museums@ottawa.ca

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!

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.

Temporary exhibition - Water: A Journey to the Source 

Water: A Journey to the Source is a special exhibition exploring how Ottawans have obtained, used, abused, and conserved this precious resource. It takes visitors from the frigid depths of the ancient Champlain Sea to the warm baths of Victorian spas and through the inner workings of our modern water treatment plants. Stories of whales and well diggers, water witches and waterworks engineers join never-before-seen artefacts to tell the cultural and social history of water in our city and region.

Sneak previews open at the Atrium Gallery (Ben Franklin Place) on March 22 and at Ottawa City Hall on May 1. The full exhibition opens on May 12 at Billings Estate National Historic Site, Nepean Museum, and Pinhey’s Point Historic Site.

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.

To enquire about volunteering, please contact heritagevolunteers@ottawa.ca.

Venue Rentals

The Nepean Museum offers two accessible meeting and event spaces for groups of up to 55 people.

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! We have a variety of great resources available for rent including: artifact discovery kits, early settler kit, ice cream making kit, costumes and more!

Nearby 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 Inclusive Recreation and accessible services.