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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

Location

16 Rowley Avenue
Nepean, Ontario, K2G 1L9

Email: museums@ottawa.ca
Tel: (613) 580-9638

Hours

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.

Remembrance Day Hours

The museum will be open during regular operating hours on Sunday, November 11. Hours of operation are from 1 pm to 4 pm.

The museum will be closed on Monday, November 12.

Admission

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

Nepean Christmas Celebration

Saturday, December 15 from 10 am to 4 pm

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Kids and their families are invited to celebrate the season at Nepean Museum. Join us for a day filled with holiday-themed activities, treats, and, of course, a visit from Santa himself! Holiday spirit will be on display with face painting and gingerbread house decorating. 

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

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

*Please note that due to ongoing updates to our exhibition space, the location for this program may change. The alternate location will be Fairfields Heritage House (3080 Richmond Road). If applicable, updates will be published on our website and Facebook page closer to the program date. If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the museum at 613-580-9638. Thank you for your understanding.

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 museums@ottawa.ca

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 museums@ottawa.ca 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 museums@ottawa.ca 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.

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 museums@ottawa.ca for booking details.

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

  • 3 designated parking spaces
  • Accessible path of travel from the parking lot to entrance
  • 20 metres from parking space to the door

Entrance/Exit

  • 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

Interior 

  • 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

Signage

  • Large lettering

Washrooms

  • Located on lower level
  • Automatic door opener
  • Large stalls to allow transfers
  • Universal (gender-neutral)

Elevator/Lift

  • Access to all floors
  • One-wheelchair lift
  • Located between the two entrances

Telephone

  • Volume control
  • Accessible path

Museums/Galleries/Archives

  • 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.