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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.

Locations and hours


16 Rowley Avenue
Nepean, Ontario, K2G 1L9

Tel: (613) 580-9638


The museum is open Monday to Friday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 pm to 4 pm. Closed on all statutory holidays. Times may vary for special events and/or programs. Be sure to check all listings for more details.


Daily admission to the museum is free. Special event and program fees may apply. Contact the museum for special group rates. Family rates allow for a maximum of two adults.

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Upcoming events and programs

Volunteer with Us

Are you interested in joining our volunteer team but aren’t quite sure what to expect? Join us at Nepean Museum for an on-site introduction to the museum and volunteer program. You’ll meet museum staff, experience the site in person, and learn more about the role you can play as a volunteer. This introduction is intended for new or prospective volunteers and is a great chance to have your questions about the volunteer intake process, our museum and programs, and volunteer opportunities answered!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
6 pm to 7:30 pm
16 Rowley Avenue (Nepean Museum)

Registration is required. After creating your online volunteer profile, open the "Opportunities" tab, and select "On-site Introductions" to view and register for your desired session(s). If you have any questions, please contact

Other opportunities:

Girl Guides and Scouts - Earn your badges

Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts programs at the museum offer activities that help meet requirements for the following badges: Heritage, Voyageur Award – Citizenship, Artist, Canadian Heritage, Handicraft, Space Exploration, Purple Star, and Tawny Star.

Sparks, Brownies, and Guides programs at the museum offer activities that help meet requirements for the following badges: Folklore, Heritage, Provincial Heritage, Creative Craft, Gardening, Girlfriends through Time, All about Canada, Modern Canadian Inventions, and Exploring Space. 

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!

Collections and exhibits

Play! The Building Blocks of Learning

Play!  The Building Blocks of Learning is an interactive exhibition that explores how children learn and build skills through play.  Play-based learning is a concept that focuses on and encourages cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. Children in particular need play in order to make sense of the world around them.  Through play, children are able to learn through first hand experiences and as a result become engaged in their own learning. 

The Artefact Collection

The main exhibition space at the museum houses a collection of artefacts and stories that bring Nepean's history to life for our visitors. Showcasing several themes that connect the dots in the area's evolution, the exhibition also contains interactive elements to facilitate different learning styles.

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 special needs and accessible services.