Nepean Museum | Musée de Nepean

Nepean Museum is an interactive space where kids and families can learn and explore together.

A new permanent exhibition,  recounting Nepean’s history from before the arrival of European Settlers to the end of the 20th century, is now open. Seasonal exhibitions introduce new themes and perspectives on Ottawa’s past.

Le Musée de Nepean est un espace interactif où enfants et familles peuvent apprendre et explorer ensemble.

Une nouvelle exposition permanente portant sur l’histoire de Nepean d’avant l’arrivée des colons européens à la fin du XXe siècle est maintenant ouvert. Les expositions saisonnières introduisent de nouveaux thèmes et perspectives sur le passé d’Ottawa.

Admission Information

Admission to the museum is by donation | L’entrée au musée se fait par voie de dons

*Special event and program fees may apply | Des frais peuvent s’appliquer à certains événements ou programmes

Highlights

MakerStudio: Drop-in demonstrations and activities on Wednesdays from 2 to 4 pm and Fridays from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Open for self-guided use during regular operating hours.

Hours of Operation

  • Open Wednesday – Sunday 10 am to 5 pm | Ouvert du mercredi au dimanche, de 10h00 à 17h00
  • Closed on all statutory holidays |  fermé les jours fériés

 

 

More Information

Get creative in the Nepean Museum’s new MakerStudio! Explore our community’s material past through science, technology, engineering, art, and math (S.T.E.A.M.). Kids and curious minds of all ages are encouraged to tinker with, create, and design unique heritage-inspired projects. Take inspiration from the provided prompts or work on projects of your own.

Stay tuned for special programs hosted in our MakerStudio, including this summer’s “Craftspace”, “History Hackers”, and “Tales of the Magical Museum”. Fees apply for special programs.

Craftspace

Saturdays from July 16 through August 6
10 am to 11 am
Ages 3 to 5
Cost: $6.75 per child — Parental/guardian supervision is required (no cost for adult accompanying participating child)

Advance registration is required.Get creative and engage with the museum’s collection through play! Each week we’ll complete a craft or artmaking activity inspired by a unique object with a heritage theme.This program will be delivered in English. If you have questions or concerns regarding accessibility, please don’t hesitate to contact the museum at 613-580-9638 or museums@ottawa.ca(link opens email application). Additional information about accessibility can be found on the museum webpage.Registration is completed using the Service Ottawa online system(link is external) with the barcodes listed below. You can also find the program listing by navigating to “Activity Search”, clicking on “Advanced Search”, and searching for the keyword “Nepean Museum”.

History Hackers

Saturdays from July 16 through August 20
1 pm to 4 pm
Ages 6 to 9
Cost: $12 per child

Advance registration is required.Explore how Nepean’s material past transformed over time through science, technology, engineering, art, and math (S.T.E.A.M.). Get hands-on with unique activities that combine tech and history in a different way each week.This program is 3 hours in length with a short break in the middle. Parents/guardians are encouraged to send their child with water, sunscreen, and a small peanut-free snack. Museum staff will assist participants with any assembly including sewing, hot glue, etc., and safety glasses will be worn. Most sessions will include some use of electronics (e.g. circuits, iPad, iPhone, etc.). Some electronic equipment may produce buzzing noises or small flashing lights. A community room will be available as a quiet zone if a break from noises or activities is needed.This program will be delivered in English. If you have questions or concerns regarding accessibility, please don’t hesitate to contact the museum at 613-580-9638 or museums@ottawa.ca(link opens email application). Additional information about accessibility can be found on the museum webpage.Registration is completed using the Service Ottawa online system(link is external) with the barcodes listed below. You can also find the program listing by navigating to “Activity Search”, clicking on “Advanced Search”, and searching for the keyword “Nepean Museum”.

Build a mini city

Saturday, August 13

Explore how Nepean’s landscape has evolved then put your new urban planning skills to work as you collaborate to build a mini city with the group.
Barcode: 1635678.Registration deadline: August 6.

Morse code workshop

Saturday, August 20

Learn about the history and use of Morse code then build a Morse code machine and use it to decode secret messages.

Registration deadline: August 13.

Tales of the magical museum

Sundays from July 17 through August 21.
2 pm to 4:30 pm.
Ages 9 to 12.
Cost: $6.75 per child.
*Please note that registration for this program is now full.

Join the quest! Ever wondered if a museum comes to life when no one is looking? Each week participants will adventure through local history and engage with the museum’s collection as they work together to solve clues and puzzles that blend fact with fantasy in a roleplaying game inspired by Dungeons and Dragons. Along the way, they’ll encounter historical figures as well as talking buildings, gnomes, elves, and much, much, more.

Each week will feature a stand-alone quest. Weekly attendance is encouraged as participants will build their personal gameplay knowledge and skills, but it is not required. Participants are welcome to register for a single date or the entire series. No prior gameplay experience is needed to join the fun!

This program will be delivered in English. If you have questions or concerns regarding accessibility, please don’t hesitate to contact the museum at 613-580-9638 or museums@ottawa.ca(link opens email application). Additional information about accessibility can be found on the museum webpage.

Registration is completed using the Service Ottawa online system(link is external) with the barcodes listed below. You can also find the program listing by navigating to “Activity Search”, clicking on “Advanced Search”, and searching for the keyword “Nepean Museum”.