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.
Upcoming events and programs
Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from July 4 to July 27 – 9 am to 12 pm
Ages 6 - 9
Each Curious Minds program will explore a different theme and will feature a hands-on activity or craft to allow children to engage with local history in a fun and unique way.
Cost: $6.50 per child
Registration is required. 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”.
July 4 – Telling Stories and Communication Technology
How do we use stories to tell our own family histories?
July 5 – Victorian to Modern Medical Practices
How do modern medical practices compare to the Victorian era? Many important medical advancements were made in the late 1800s from anesthetic to disinfectants. Learn about the history of hospitals and medical tools. Explore how our understanding of germs and cleanliness have changed over time and craft your very own soap.
Help us decorate a get-well poster for CHEO patients that will be signed by kids from across the city at museum programs throughout the summer!
July 6 – Ahoy! An Afternoon of Sailing featuring a guest speaker from the Nepean Sailing Club
Explore the history of sailing in Nepean. Learn about the knots sailors use, design a pennant, and build your own miniature sailboat.
July 11 – Listen, Dance, and Play
What role does music play in our lives and our communities?
July 12 – Step Into a Poet’s Shoes featuring Ottawa Poet Laureate Jamaal Jackson-Rogers
Explore the power of words and the works of Canadian poets including Nepean’s William Wilfred Campbell. Write your own poem and have it displayed at the museum. Jamaal Jackson-Rogers, along with Andree Lacelle, is one of Ottawa’s first poet laureates in nearly three decades. Jamaal is a spoken word artist, arts educator, residential counsellor for adults with disabilities, creative director of Origin Arts and Community Centre, and an advocate for youth and the arts through Youth Ottawa.
July 13 – Constructing the Rideau Canal
Why is the Rideau Canal so important to Ottawa’s history and how was it built?
July 18 – Museum Chefs
Where do the ingredients in our food come from?
July 19 – Greenthumb Gardener
How did early settlers grow their produce?
July 20 – Immigration to a New Land
What brought early settlers to this area and what challenges did they face?
July 25 – Exploring Nepean’s Geological History
What can be found beneath the earth’s surface?
July 26 – Building Basics
How did early settlers build their homes?
July 27 – Behind the Badge
What did a day in the life of a Nepean police officer look like?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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.
Celebrating Canada’s Best plaques will be issued in the fall of 2018. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 613-580-2088 ext. 35251. The deadline for expressing interest in receiving a plaque is June 29, 2018.
Collections and exhibits
City in Motion
Opening May 13
Did you know that horse-pulled streetcars were Ottawa’s first form of public transit? From Streetcars to Buses interprets the growth of Ottawa’s streetcar suburbs and the evolution of public transportation in the city.
City in Motion explores all the ways Ottawa residents have travelled from point A to point B. Learn more about the region’s transportation history by visiting all four City in Motion exhibitions, each one expanding on a different theme. City in Motion is on display at Nepean Museum, Billings Estate National Historic Site, Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, and Pinhey’s Point Historic Site.
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.
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 email@example.com 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
- 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
- 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.