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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
Facebook: @NepeanMuseum
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Beginning May 13:
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 to the museum is by donation. Special event and program fees may apply. Contact the museum for special group rates. 

Programs and special events

Father’s Day Builders

Sunday, June 16 from 10 am to 4 pm
Cost: $17.50 per family (2 adults + children) or $6.75 per person

Work together as a family to complete three different building challenges! First build a modern structure, then give constructing an early settler log home a try, and finally explore the themes in our latest exhibition, Water: A Journey to the Source, by engineering a pipe line. Explore tools, building materials, and more! Snacks will be available for cash purchase.

This is a drop-in style program. No registration is required.

Canada Day: Looking Local!

Monday, July 1 from 10 am to 4 pm
Cost: Admission is by donation

Celebrate Canada Day at Nepean Museum by exploring our new permanent exhibition. Join us for hands-on activities to learn the story of Nepean and its people from the earliest times. It is a story of cultural, demographic, personal, and geographic change! Try your hand at calligraphy, explore and build your own immigration suitcase, and get messy with a special Canada Day slime! A cash barbecue will also be offered. 

Themed Demonstrations & Activities

Fridays and Saturdays in June and July between 10 am and 4 pm
Cost: Admission is by donation

We’ve been inspired by our new permanent exhibition, Nepean: Rural Roots and City Streets. Complement your visit to the museum with a themed demonstration or activity that will help bring history to life!

June 7 – Building an early settler home
June 8 – Coming to Canada suitcase project
June 14 – Water filtration demonstration
June 15 – Exploration of military life
June 21 – Earth sciences demonstration
June 22 – Communication technologies
June 28 – Make your own slime
June 29 – Map it out!
July 5 – Dress up in historical costumes
July 6 – Toys and games from past to present
July 12 – Corn husk doll demonstration
July 13 – Exploring a one-room schoolhouse
July 19 – Try your hand at pen and ink! (calligraphy)
July 20 – Farming in Nepean
July 26 – Learn to mend and sew your own teddy bear
July 27 – Candle making

Curious Minds

Wednesdays, Thursday, and Fridays: July 3 to August 2 from 9:30 am to 12 pm
Age: 6 to 9
Cost: $6.65 per child

Engage with local history in a fun and unique way! Each program will explore a different theme through hands-on activities and crafts.


Advance registration is strongly encouraged to reserve your child’s place and to ensure enough participants for the program to run. If registration is not full on the program date, drop-in participants are welcome. Please contact the museum (613-580-9638) to confirm if space is available.

Please use the barcode provided to register using Service Ottawa’s online registration system. If you do not have an family account, please create one before registering.

July 3 – Telling Stories and Traditions
Barcode: 1466098
July 4 – H2Woah!
Barcode: 1466102
July 5 – Ahoy! An Afternoon of Sailing
Barcode: 1466104
July 10 – Listen, Dance, and Play
Barcode: 1466107
July 11 – You Can't Do That On T.V.!
Barcode: 1466109
July 12 – Constructing the Rideau Canal
Barcode: 1466111
July 17 – Museum Chefs
Barcode: 1466114
July 18 – Greenthumb Gardener
Barcode: 1466115
July 19 – Life on the Homefront
Barcode: 1466117
July 24 – Preparing for Voyage and Arrival
Barcode: 1466118
July 25 – Rock On Nepean! Rocks, Minerals and Layers of the Earth
Barcode: 1466122
July 26 – Kidstruction
Barcode: 1466123
July 31 – Behind the Badge (Police and Nepean)
Barcode: 1466125
August 1 – The Clothes We Wear
Barcode: 1466126
August 2 – Toys and Games from Past to Present
Barcode: 1466127

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

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 for more information and to make your reservation for your group tour!

Celebrate Canada’s Best

Call for recipients

To commemorate the service and sacrifices made by Canadian veterans at home and during international conflicts, the Nepean Museum is issuing plaques to Celebrate Canada’s Best. To be eligible, recipients must meet the following criteria:

  • Must have served with the Canadian Armed Forces, OR have served with a Canadian police force that has served overseas carrying out either military or relief services;
  • Currently reside in the boundaries of the former municipality of Nepean as they existed between 1978 and 2000 OR have resided for a substantial part of one’s life within those boundaries;
  • Did not receive a dishonourable discharge upon exiting the force.

 If you are interested in receiving a plaque for yourself, a family member, or a friend, or would like information about the program, please email or call 613-580-2088 ext. 35251

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

Venue Rentals

The Nepean Museum offers two accessible meeting and event spaces for groups of up to 55 people, starting at $6.60 per hour.

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! Organize your own activities, or work with our staff to incorporate some of the museum’s favourite kids programs into the celebrations.

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

Nepean Museum 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 for booking details.


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.