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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


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

Weekend Crafters

Weekend Crafters

May 19, June 23, July 7, July 21, August 4, and August 18 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 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!

May 19 – Morse code jewelry
June 23 – Slime  
July 7 –
Air dry clay
July 21 – Nature prints
August 4 – Beeswax candles
August 18 – Collage

Weekend Crafters is also offered at Fairfields Heritage House (3080 Richmond Road): July 14, July 28, August 11, and August 25.


  • 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 best suited to 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 for this program is English. Any printed materials will be provided in both official languages (English/French).



July 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 10 am to 11 am
Children ages 3 to 4
Cost: $6.88 per child . Advance registration is required.

Get creative and engage with the museum’s collection through play! Each week we’ll complete a craft or artmaking activity inspired by a unique object with a heritage theme. 

July 6 – Sidewalk chalk quilt
July 13 – Build your own toy
July 20 – Natural inks and dyes
July 27 – Neighbourhood collage


  • Parental/guardian supervision is required (no additional cost for adult accompanying the participating child).
  • This program is delivered in English only.
  • Please dress your child in clothes you are comfortable with getting messy.
  • Please pack a peanut-free snack and water.
  • If you have questions or concerns regarding accessibility, please contact the museum at 613-580-9638 or

You Can’t Do That at the Museum

You Can’t Do That at the Museum

July 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 2 pm to 4 pm
Children ages 6 to 9
Cost: $12.30 per child. Advance registration is required.

It’s time to get creative, silly, and a little bit messy at Nepean Museum! We’ve been inspired by the keep-you-on-your-toes sketch show format, and rule bending attitude, of the CJOH-TV classic “You Can’t Do That On Television”. Travel through the decades and see your community through the lens of a different theme each week with a variety of fun, hands-on activities exploring the museum’s exhibition and artefact collection. 

July 6 - Slime
July 13 – Music and audio
July 20 – Secret codes
July 27 – *Theme to be confirmed


  • This program is delivered in English only.
  • Please pack a peanut-free snack and water.
  • If you have questions or concerns regarding accessibility, please contact the museum at 613-580-9638 or

Tales of the Magical Museum

Tales of the Magical Museum

Ages 9 to 11 - August 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Ages 12 to 14 - July 28, August 4, 11, 18, and 25 from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Cost: $29.37 per child. Advance registration is required.

Discover the magic of your community museum in this collaborative storytelling adventure inspired by games like Dungeons & Dragons. Using the museum’s exhibitions and artefact collection, create a character with special abilities influenced by heritage trades, and cross paths with figures from Ottawa’s history as you help decide where the story will take you next.

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


  • This program is delivered in English only.
  • Registration is for the complete five-part series. Regular attendance is encouraged to facilitate storytelling.
  • Please pack a peanut-free snack and water.
  • If you have questions or concerns regarding accessibility, please contact the museum at 613-580-9638 or

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


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.