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Cumberland Heritage Village Museum

The official web site is ottawa.ca/residents/heritage/museums/cumberland/index_en.html
The Cumberland Museum is located 15 minutes from Ottawa. The Museum is the only one of it's kind in North America as it depicts life during the 1930's (Upper Canada Village depicts the 1860's) the 1930's were very interesting as the impact of emerging technology and social changes made for a time of rapid changes. The Cumberland Heritage Village Museum is located on a 100-acre site and features 28 living history buildings including an operating sawmill, one-room schoolhouse, farmsteads, a fire hall, forge, train station, church, and more! Costumed interpreters recreate what rural life was like in the early depression era, with activities for the kids so you won't run out of things to do or see.

The Cumberland Heritage Village Museum is also home to Ottawa Valley Live Steamers and Model Engineers you can jump to that section by clicking Here

Since their are 27 Building click on a link below to visit a particular building

The Train Station

The Train Station at the Cumberland Museum was built for the Grand Trunk Railway. It was then acquired by the Canadian National Railway in 1923. The station originally stood in Vars, Ontario and was the first building moved to the museum site in 1976.

The train station now houses the museum’s front desk and gift shop.

Exhibit of a 1930's store

Wagon rides help visitors get to all corners of the site

Knox Church/Hearse Shed

This church was built in 1904 and was originally a Presbyterian Church. In 1977 the church was moved from its original location in Vars. It is a relatively small church that would have been extremely important to the community, especially throughout the Depression. The church would have offered assistance to those suffering from economic hardships, organising social events and picnics to make life easier and more enjoyable during such hard times.

Fire Hall

This building was built by the Cumberland Volunteer Fire Department. It is not an original piece, but a replica of a 1930s Fire Hall. The fire halls of this era were very small, resembling mere shacks, with a single pump. This replica is larger than an average 1930s fire hall, because not only does it have an antique fire engine, it also has antique fire fighting equipment.

Community Hall

This hall was built in 1900 and it served as a community hall for the Village of Cumberland. It was moved from its original location at the intersection of Queen's Street and Cameron Street to the Cumberland Museum in 1983. This hall was used by groups such as Scouts and Guides and other various service groups operating in the community.


This building is a replication of the typical sawmills that would have been around in the 1870s. The inside came from Paltimore Quebec. It contains all the original tools and is still in working order today! The sawmill is one of the most interesting buildings at the museum, it is huge and the blades and tools used to cut the wood are all very fascinating to look at. There are two sections to the sawmill: one is for cutting the huge logs of wood and the other is for making shingles. The shingles that are made in the mill are very high quality and were actually used to re-shingle the church and the school house. The sawmill would have been a very important place in the 1930s. The wood and shingles cut by the mill would have been used by the whole community to build houses and businesses. Come on inside to take a look at how this mill works and some of the tools that they use.

The addition of the new Diesel engine completes the Sawmill

Pig Shed

This recently became the new home for the Cumberland Heritage Museum pigs. The pigs are another favorite for the children. The kids love to watch them run around in the pen!

MacMillan Shed

This drive shed was moved to the museum in 1994 from Quigley Hill in Cumberland. It is located in a section of the museum where most of the barns are located and it's home to some older farming machinery.

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Details on the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum


Cumberland Heritage Village Museum

2940 Old Montreal Road
Cumberland, ON K4C 1E6
tel 613-833-3059

Driving directions:

Take highway 417 east to highway 174 (Orleans/Rockland turn off).
At Trim Rd. the highway become two lanes, keep following until the set of traffic lights at the Village of Cumberland.
At the lights turn right on to Cameron St.
At the stop sign turn left on to Old Montreal Road.
Follow Old Montreal for 1.5 Km. The Museum is on the right hand side of the road.

Hours of operation
Open Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from May 17 to October 4.
These hours are in effect except for a special celebration, to see a list click Here


  • Adult: $7
  • Student: $5
  • Senior: $5
  • *Family: $18
  • Member pass:

Member Pass Includes:

  • Unlimited free admission to the museum
    (Christmas event excluded)
  • 10% discount in La Boutique du Village
  • First notice of upcoming events and public programs

*Family means two adults plus their children, under 18
The membership is for one year, January 1 to December 31

Other services

  • Picnic facilities available
  • Public washrooms
  • La Boutique du Village: Museum Store
  • Plenty of Free parking

Facility Rental

  • Our 1904 Victorian Gothic Revival Church is a very popular choice for wedding ceremonies and our spacious bandstand offers another alternative for an elegant outdoor wedding ceremony.
  • Our picnic area: The large covered picnic area offers an ideal location for evening wedding receptions, corporate picnics, or barbecues.

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