Nepean Museum

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Nepean Museum
Location Nepean, Ontario, Canada
Type history of Nepean, Ontario.

The Nepean Museum, located at 16 Rowley Avenue, Nepean, Ontario, Canada, is a community-focused museum that preserves, makes accessible and communicates Nepean’s rich history and its important role in the city of Ottawa. [1] Artifacts related to Nepean, from its beginnings to the 20th century, are restored and displayed in the museum galleries and grounds. The museum has an open concept exhibit area of approximately 2000sq ft. The museum collects, preserves, researches, exhibits and interprets the works of man and nature in Nepean. [2]

Although daily admission to the museum is free, special event and program fees may apply. The museum is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Closed November 11, December 25 and 26, and January 1. [3]


The West Carleton Museum was established in 1973. In 1976, the West Carleton Museum was renamed the “Nepean Museum”. The Nepean Museum was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1983. It operated out of the Graham Park Cultural Activities Center from 1973-1985. In 1985, the Museum relocated to the Davidson family farmhouse on Baseline Road.

The Nepean Parks & Recreation Department began leasing the old library facility at 16 Rowley Avenur to the Nepean Museum in 1989. The Nepean Museum opened its doors at 16 Rowley Avenue in 1989 with renovation completed in 1990. Today, the Museum’s current location at 16 Rowley Avenue. [4]

Buildings, facilities, and exhibits[edit]

The history of Nepean has been preserved from 1792 onwards with a large collection of artifacts. The Nepean Museum provides tours at Fairfields Heritage Property, a 19th century Gothic Revival-style farmhouse and the five generations of the Bell family who resided at Fairfields from 1823 to 2000. [5] The property at 3080 Richmond Road was first purchased by William Bell in the 1820’s. The home, standing on 1.8 hectares of land, remained in the Bell family for nearly 175 years. The 660 acres of land was initially cultivated for farming, though later subdivided and sections sold. [6] The archives research facility provides access to collections relevant to historians and genealogists interested in the city. Special events are held throughout the year.


The museum is affiliated with: CMA, CHIN, and Virtual Museum of Canada.



Coordinates: 45°20′58″N 75°44′29″W / 45.349521°N 75.741377°W / 45.349521; -75.741377