Waterloo Region Museum is the largest community museum in Ontario. Our main gallery tells the story of Waterloo Region and our feature gallery showcases local and travelling exhibits from around the world. Waterloo Region Museum is open daily and is the entrance to Doon Heritage Village.

Waterloo Region Museum

Doon Heritage Village is a picturesque 60 acre living history village that shows visitors what life was like in Waterloo Region in 1914. The village is open seasonally from May 1 to December 23. One admission price includes entry to the Waterloo Region Museum exhibit galleries and village.

Doon Heritage Village

Joseph Schneider Haus is a dynamic community museum and local landmark in downtown Kitchener that is a National Historic Site. The 1816 Georgian frame farmhouse was built by one of the area’s first pioneers, Joseph Schneider, a Pennsylvania-German Mennonite.

Joseph Schneider Haus

McDougall Cottage, an 1858 granite and limestone labourer’s dwelling, is located in downtown Cambridge. Home for more than a century to two families of hardworking Scots, the McDougalls and the Bairds, this charming cottage boasts the most spectacular hand-painted friezes and trompe l’oeil ceilings in Ontario.

McDougall Cottage

Upcoming Events

Daily Activities

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Monday, January 11, 2016

End Date Saturday, December 31, 2016

Time Regular Hours

Click the Event Details link for the daily special activities schedule.

Please note that Doon Heritage Village is now closed on weekends. The museum building and galleries are open.

City On Edge exhibit

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Friday, June 24, 2016

End Date Sunday, January 8, 2017

Learn how a city was pushed to the edge during the First World War - to the point of changing its name from Berlin to Kitchener through a controversial and high tension referendum. Curated by the Waterloo Region Museum, this exhibit tells the story of how and why the city of Berlin changed its name to Kitchener on September 1, 1916.

Shop Christmas with Us

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Thursday, December 1, 2016

End Date Saturday, December 24, 2016

Time Shop Open to Dec. 24, 3 p.m.

Shop Open to Dec. 24, 3 p.m. Visit the Joseph Schneider Haus Gift Shop for artisans' handmade local wares. Great seasonal gifts for under the tree.

Christmas Shopping in the Gift Shop!

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Thursday, December 1, 2016

End Date Saturday, December 24, 2016

Time Regular Hours (with the exception of Dec. 24 and 31 - on these two days hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Visit the Waterloo Region Museum gift shop for unique holiday gifts, ornaments, and décor.

Barn Raising Exhibit

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Wednesday, December 7, 2016

End Date Sunday, December 11, 2016

On Exhibit to December 24
Marvel at artists’ carefully crafted rugs that illustrate the beauty of rural landscapes across Canada.

Doon By Lantern Light Tours

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Friday, December 9, 2016

End Date Friday, December 9, 2016

Time 7 and 8:30 p.m. Both Tours SOLD OUT!

Step back in time to experience the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas in the early 20th century.

Candle Making with Beeswax

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, December 10, 2016

End Date Sunday, December 11, 2016

In an era before electricity or kerosene, thrifty housewives would transform animal fat into hundreds of dipped and moulded candles. Today, staff will demonstrate another form of candle making using beeswax. Roll a beeswax candle to take home.

Doon By Lantern Light Tours

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, December 10, 2016

End Date Saturday, December 10, 2016

Time 7 and 8:30 p.m. Both Tours SOLD OUT!

Step back in time to experience the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas in the early 20th century.

Tot Workshop: Gingerbread House

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, December 10, 2016

End Date Saturday, December 10, 2016

Time SOLD OUT!

In this fun workshop each child will receive a pre-assembled gingerbread house made from graham crackers along with gingerbread person cookies and will then will be invited to decorate little gingerbread houses with holiday candies. For ages 2 to 5 years old.

Family Workshop: Gingerbread House

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, December 10, 2016

End Date Saturday, December 10, 2016

Time SOLD OUT!

Join us as a family to assemble and decorate a homemade gingerbread house and gingerbread people with all sorts of special treats! All ages.

Holiday Open House & Kids in Kilts

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Sunday, December 11, 2016

End Date Sunday, December 11, 2016

Time Drop in 1 - 4 p.m.

It’s our chance to thank you for another unforgettable year and wish you all the best for the holiday season. We’d love it if you would stop in this afternoon to join us for a cup of cheer, a few tasty treats and plenty of Scottish hospitality.

Paint the grand Exhibit and Silent Auction draws to a close.

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Sunday, December 11, 2016

End Date Sunday, December 11, 2016

Final bids must be submitted by no later than 5 p.m.

Country Christmas

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, December 11, 2016

End Date Sunday, December 11, 2016

Time 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Museum open to 5 p.m.

Enjoy a Christmas in the country from the last turn of the century. A great way to celebrate this holiday season!

Barn Raising Exhibit

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Wednesday, December 14, 2016

End Date Sunday, December 18, 2016

On Exhibit to December 24
Marvel at artists’ carefully crafted rugs that illustrate the beauty of rural landscapes across Canada.

Doon By Lantern Light Tours

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Friday, December 16, 2016

End Date Friday, December 16, 2016

Time 7 and 8:30 p.m. Both Tours SOLD OUT!

Step back in time to experience the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas in the early 20th century.

Toys and Games

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, December 17, 2016

End Date Sunday, December 18, 2016

Drop by the Schneider Haus and enjoy traditional games and seasonal treats.

Starry Night

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, December 17, 2016

End Date Saturday, December 17, 2016

Time SOLD OUT!

The Friends of the Waterloo Region Museum’s annual Christmas extravaganza! Enjoy the sights, sounds and flavours of a Christmas past as you see the village in its finest lamp-lit beauty.

Country Christmas

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, December 18, 2016

End Date Sunday, December 18, 2016

Time 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Museum open to 5 p.m.

Enjoy a Christmas in the country from the last turn of the century. A great way to celebrate this holiday season!

Visiting with the Schneiders

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Wednesday, December 21, 2016

End Date Saturday, December 24, 2016

Experience the smells and tastes of hot cider and cookies still warm from the oven. December 24th - Open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Barn Raising Exhibit

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Wednesday, December 21, 2016

End Date Saturday, December 24, 2016

On Exhibit to December 24
Marvel at artists’ carefully crafted rugs that illustrate the beauty of rural landscapes across Canada.

Joseph Schneider Haus closes on December 25

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Sunday, December 25, 2016

End Date Saturday, February 18, 2017

Joseph Schneider Haus closes on December 25th and re-opens on February 18, 2017

Holiday Family Fun Day: Wacky Science with Proffessor Beaker

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Tuesday, December 27, 2016

End Date Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Time 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Calling all future scientists! Conduct wacky experiments with our very own Professor Beaker using common household supplies. Discover elephant toothpaste, Strawberry DNA and gooey slime!

Boxing Week Market

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Tuesday, December 27, 2016

End Date Saturday, December 31, 2016

Time Mon. to Fri. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (note December 31 open to 3 p.m.)

Join us for our boxing week market for your last chance at our holiday stock!

Holiday Family Fun Day: Get Your Groove On Retro Party

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Wednesday, December 28, 2016

End Date Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Time 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Get your groove on! Party like it’s your favourite decade! Dance the day away with vintage dance moves, sample tasty snacks, play games and rock out to old school tunes. Retro clothing is encouraged!

Holiday Family Fun Day: Exploring the Natural World

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Thursday, December 29, 2016

End Date Thursday, December 29, 2016

Time 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Learn about the animals and plants that could be living in your own backyard! Discover animal pelts and skulls. Get creative and make your own bird feeder. Learn about best planting techniques and play animal trivia. Let’s get growing!

Holiday Family Fun Day: Cracking the Code! Museum Mystery

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Friday, December 30, 2016

End Date Friday, December 30, 2016

Time 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Young detectives we need your help! There’s a mystery at the museum and we need you to crack the codes! Try to solve a variety of codes and cyphers to crack the mystery.

Holiday Family Fun Day: Children's New Year's Eve Party

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, December 31, 2016

End Date Saturday, December 31, 2016

Time 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Not able to stay up until midnight? Join us for our children’s New Year’s Eve party! We will be ringing in the New Year in style, with fun games, crafts, snacks and dancing!

Holiday Family Fun Day: It's Showtime - Become an Entertainer

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Monday, January 2, 2017

End Date Monday, January 2, 2017

Time 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Be entertained and learn to entertain others! Watch our performers as they surprise you with their skills and tricks! Try juggling, playing theatre games, and creating your own storytelling puppets.

Boxing Week Market

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Monday, January 2, 2017

End Date Sunday, January 8, 2017

Time Weekdays 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Join us for our boxing week market for your last chance at our holiday stock!

Holiday Family Fun Day: Wacky Science with Proffessor Beaker

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Tuesday, January 3, 2017

End Date Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Time 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Calling all future scientists! Conduct wacky experiments with our very own Professor Beaker using common household supplies. Discover elephant toothpaste, Strawberry DNA and gooey slime!

Holiday Family Fun Day: Get Your Groove On Retro Party

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Wednesday, January 4, 2017

End Date Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Time 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Get your groove on! Party like it’s your favourite decade! Dance the day away with vintage dance moves, sample tasty snacks, play games and rock out to old school tunes. Retro clothing is encouraged!

Holiday Family Fun Day: Birds of Prey with Wild Ontario

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Thursday, January 5, 2017

End Date Thursday, January 5, 2017

Time 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Come get nose-to-beak with live owls, hawks and falcons! Wild Ontario uses a team of non-releasable birds of prey to spread a love of wildlife and teach about nature, science and conservation. Some of Ontario’s most incredible birds will be on display, with lots of opportunities for close-up looks and photos. Don’t forget your camera!

Holiday Family Fun Day: Cracking the Code! Museum Mystery

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Friday, January 6, 2017

End Date Friday, January 6, 2017

Time 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Young detectives we need your help! There’s a mystery at the museum and we need you to crack the codes! Try to solve a variety of codes and cyphers to crack the mystery.

Holiday Family Fun Day: Medieval - Join the Knights of Nottingham

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, January 7, 2017

End Date Saturday, January 7, 2017

Time 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Experience the pageantry of Medieval Europe! Create your own family crest; discover historic stories, stage combat demonstrations and knight’s weaponry and armour.

Holiday Family Fun Day: Paper, Scissors, Glue - Let's Get Crafty

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, January 8, 2017

End Date Sunday, January 8, 2017

Time 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Got a craft-enthusiast at home? Get ready to make your very own wind chime, a pom-pom, pipe cleaner doll and a dress-up buddy fridge magnet! While you’re here don’t forget to try your hand at finger weaving!

From Across Canada

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, February 18, 2017

End Date Sunday, April 23, 2017

Celebrating the diverse craftsmanship of Canada featuring pieces representing the best of Canadian folk art.

Family Day Activities

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Monday, February 20, 2017

End Date Monday, February 20, 2017

Time Drop-in 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Join us for some family friendly games, crafts, treats and tours of the Cottage.

Family Day

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Monday, February 20, 2017

End Date Monday, February 20, 2017

Time 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Spend an afternoon at Kitchener’s oldest home. We’ll have treats to sample and activities all day for the kids too!

The Dynamic History of The Waterloo Historical Society, 1960-2012

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Thursday, February 23, 2017

End Date Thursday, February 23, 2017

Time 7 p.m.

With 2016 Edna Staebler Research Fellow Heather MacDonald. No admission charged but donations gratefully accepted.