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Fairfields Heritage House

About Us

An impressive 19th century Gothic Revival farm house, Fairfields Heritage House represents the homestead and community building legacy of the Bell family. Originally built on 660 acres of farm land, the museum tells the epic story of almost 200 years of rich, local history and the people who so actively helped shape the evolution of the area.

Beautiful green lawns surround the house and are an invitation to spend leisure time at the site. With a gazebo, gardens, and statuesque trees the space is perfect for picnics, exploration, and family-friendly activities.

Come visit the museum, explore the grounds and chat with knowledgeable guides. Imagine yourself in the past as you try on our dress-up costumes and play some old-fashioned games. With guided tours, as well as programs and events for families, Fairfields Heritage House remains a hub of community activity.

Location and hours

3080 Richmond Road
Nepean, Ontario, K2B 7J5

Tel: 613-726-2652
Email: museums@ottawa.ca

Hours

The museum is now closed for the regular season. Special programming is offered throughout the year. 

Please see our Upcoming Events and Programs listing below, subscribe to our monthly "At your museum" eNewsletter, or follow us on Facebook for information on special programs and events over the winter months. Times may vary for special events and programs.

We welcome private tours even when the museum is not open to the general public. Contact the museum to make arrangements.

Admission

Admission to the museum is by donation. Special event and program fees may apply. Contact the museum for special group rates. Family rates allow for a maximum of two adults. We require two weeks notice to make accommodations for our visitors with special needs.

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Upcoming events and programs

Fairfields Kidsmas

Saturday, December 8 from 9 am to 1 pm

You’re invited to Fairfields Heritage House as we celebrate the season with a morning of family fun! Explore Christmas traditions throughout the years with a holiday craft and a delightful assortment of both indoor and outdoor activities (don’t forget to dress warmly!). This program is perfect for kids and is sure to bring cheer to the whole family. Christmas goodies and hot chocolate will be served.

Cost: $17.25 family; $6.50 single; $10.75 pair

This is a drop-in style program; registration is not required.

Fairfields Victorian Christmas

Saturday, December 8 from 5 pm to 8 pm
Ages 19+

Step back in time at Fairfields Heritage House at this adult only program exploring Victorian Christmas traditions. Enjoy traditional food and drink, performances by the Dickens Carolers, and get creative with a seasonal craft. Did you know that the social and cultural impact of the Victorian era can still be seen in the ways many of us celebrate the season? Discover the origins of familiar holiday practices from Christmas trees to mincemeat pies – and even where the practice of adding expensive liquors to eggnog came from. Our striking 19th century Gothic Revival farmhouse is the perfect setting for making cherished memories with family and friends.

Cost: $22.60 per person. Space is limited. Advance registration is recommended. 

Please note that alcohol will be served at this program. Guests may be asked for ID to verify age. Ticket price includes one drink. Cash bar will also be available. 

Barcode: 1426614

You can register for this program using the City of Ottawa’s online registration system. Enter the program barcode in the box labelled “Search for programs by barcode”. Click “Add” and log in to complete registration. If you do not already have an account, click “Create new family account”. 

Makers at the Museum

Authentic Wreath Making Workshop

Tuesday, November 27 – 5 pm to 8pm
Ages 16 and up

*Registration is now closed.

Create a one-of-a-kind holiday wreath that is sure to add a festive touch to your home or bring joy to a family member or friend as the perfect handmade gift. A professional florist will guide you through the process of building a traditional wreath with fresh materials from Greenbank Flowers and Gifts in Nepean. Whether a beginner or an experienced DIYer, our 19th century Gothic Revival farm house is the perfect setting to inspire holiday creativity and cheer. Light refreshments will be served.

Cost: $70 per person (supplies included)

School programs

Take your class to Fairfields for our unique school programs. Contact the Nepean Museum for more information at 613-580-9638, or museums@ottawa.ca.

Food and drink

Fairfields Heritage House is the perfect picnic location. Visitors are also welcome to bring their own snacks or meals and enjoy them in the park. To preserve the artefacts in the museum, no eating is permitted in the exhibition spaces.

Collections and exhibits

Artefact collections

Purchased by William Bell in the 1820s, the Bell family homestead – now known as Fairfields Heritage House – remained in the Bell family for nearly 175 years. The collection of 3,000 artefacts tells the history of five generations of the Bell family within the context of the greater Ottawa area. Many of these objects are on exhibition at the historic house.

Exhibits

Recreated historic rooms of this designated heritage property tell the story of the many generations of the Bell family who made their mark on the home, the property, and their community over the 175 years they lived at the site. Artefacts, including furniture, personal belongings, and artwork tell the story of the Bell family's shifting priorities from farming to social issues to politics.

 

Venue rentals

Take advantage of the museum's ideal location in the community to rent the grounds for your special event. Contact us at museums@ottawa.ca or 613-580-9638 to book an appointment or to find out more about our rentals.

Fairfields’ stunning 19th century Gothic Revival exterior and picturesque grounds is perfect for smaller events and celebrations. Whether you’re planning an important meeting or the most important day of your life, our team will work with you to achieve your vision.

Weddings

Couples looking for a smaller more intimate outdoor venue, look no further! Fairfields Heritage Property offers a stunning backdrop for your special day. The 19th century Gothic Revival farmhouse and over two acres of lush greenery will lend that romantic touch when you capture your memories on film.

Birthdays and Special Events

Fairfields welcomes you to celebrate your birthday or special event with us! Whether it’s for a bridal or baby shower, or perhaps a milestone anniversary with close family and friends, we can provide the perfect location.

Parents can also plan a special birthday celebration for their little ones! Organize your own activities, or work with our staff to incorporate some of the museum’s favourite kids programs into the celebrations.

What we offer

Bookings for your outdoor event can be made up to 6 months in advance. Contact staff at the Nepean Museum for more information on rental availability and amenities.

Contact Us

You can reach our client services clerk by phoning 613-580-9638 extension 17300, or by email at museums@ottawa.ca, Tuesday to Saturday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

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

  • 25 metres from parking space to the door

Passenger Loading Zone

  • Cut curb

Entrance/Exit

  • 1  accessible entrance
  • Ramp
  • Wide door for wheelchair passage

Reception desks

  • Floor area for manoeuvring a wheelchair

Washrooms

  • Accessible washroom on 1st floor
  • Lowered sink counters
  • Lowered towel dispensers
  • Large stalls to allow transfers

Stairs

  • Stairs with no-slip surface
  • Continuous hand rails

Learn more about special needs and accessible services