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 16, 2017

End Date Sunday, December 31, 2017

Time Regular Hours

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

The museum building and galleries are open. Note Doon Heritage Village is closed for the season.

2017 Wee Quilt Challenge Exhibit: "The Tartan Trail – What the Scots Gave Canada"

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Friday, April 14, 2017

End Date Sunday, July 2, 2017

Time Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

As we celebrate Canada's 150th, it seems fitting that we take a look at all the Scots have contributed to our beautiful country.

Seniors' Day

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Thursday, April 27, 2017

End Date Thursday, April 27, 2017

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

Admission is free for those 55 years of age and older.

Tots Time Tuesdays and Thursdays

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Thursday, April 27, 2017

End Date Thursday, April 27, 2017

Time CANCELLED

Join us on Tuesday and Thursdays for an engaging program for children ages 2 to 5. Each week is a different theme with crafts, toy playing, story reading and lots of learning games to help your child grow.

Butter and cheese – Pennsylvania-German style

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, April 29, 2017

End Date Sunday, April 30, 2017

Time Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

Its spring and the cows are giving milk again. Come and explore 19th century dairying and refrigeration.

K-W Symphony Kinderconcerts Series - Buzzing Brass

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, April 29, 2017

End Date Saturday, April 29, 2017

Time 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The second of the 2017 Kinderconcert series held at the Waterloo Region Museum, The Voyage of Mendelssohn Mouse.

Waterloo Region Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, April 30, 2017

End Date Sunday, April 30, 2017

Time 2 p.m.

Join the citizens of Waterloo Region as they pay tribute to individuals and groups in recognition of their accomplishments and outstanding contributions to this community.

Doon Heritage Village Season Opening

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Monday, May 1, 2017

End Date Monday, May 1, 2017

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

Doon Heritage Village opens for the season! Visit our picturesque 60-acre living history village that showcases what life was like in Waterloo Region in the year 1914.

Quilts on Display

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Wednesday, May 3, 2017

End Date Sunday, May 7, 2017

Time Wednesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.

See an array of quilts going to the New Hamburg Mennonite Central Committee Relief Sale and Quilt Auction from May 3 to 25. Included with the cost of admission.

Young@Art!

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Thursday, May 4, 2017

End Date Thursday, May 4, 2017

Time 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)

To celebrate youth and art during National Youth Week, several Kitchener partners have come together to organize an event to celebrate the many forms of art created by some of Kitchener's most talented youth. FREE!

P.D. Day Activities - Theme: Spring Has Sprung

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Friday, May 5, 2017

End Date Friday, May 5, 2017

Time 1 to 4 p.m.

All kids are welcome to drop in for some fun games, crafts ‘n more on your day off school! Children must be accompanied by an adult. $5 per child; adults free.

Tot Time Workshop: Mother's Day Gift

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, May 6, 2017

End Date Saturday, May 6, 2017

Time 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Work with your little one to make an adorable bird house for mom, grandma, or another special someone.

Evening Concert with UK Folk Musician, Alistair Brown

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Saturday, May 6, 2017

End Date Saturday, May 6, 2017

Time 7 to 9 p.m.

He has been a member of Toronto’s Friends of Fiddler’s Green for over 4 decades and still makes the Transatlantic commute for concerts and festivals with the band. Admission is by cash donation to Alistair.

The Wash House Opens for the Season

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, May 6, 2017

End Date Sunday, May 7, 2017

Time Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.

The Schneider family Wash House will be humming with activity all weekend.

Grand National Quilt Show Exhibit

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Sunday, May 7, 2017

End Date Sunday, May 7, 2017

Time Regular hours

On Exhibit May 7 to September 3.
On Exhibit May 7 to September 3 The Grand National for 2017 challenged quilters to create a work of quilt art that captures the essence of their part of Canada - its history, its geography, its cultural diversity, its traditions... reasons for celebrating 150 years of our glorious nation.

Traditional May Day Celebrations

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Sunday, May 7, 2017

End Date Sunday, May 7, 2017

Time 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate May Day with music, Morris dancing and Maypole festivities. Musical group Hunter’s Corners (Brad McEwen and Bill Nesbitt) and the Oakville Ale and Sword and Forest City Morris dance troupes will be on hand to help us usher in the summer in a most traditional manner. Admission is by donation.

Quilts on Display

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Wednesday, May 10, 2017

End Date Sunday, May 14, 2017

Time Wednesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1 to 5 p.m

See an array of quilts going to the New Hamburg Mennonite Central Committee Relief Sale and Quilt Auction from May 3 to 25. Included with the cost of admission.

Tots Stories and Art

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Wednesday, May 10, 2017

End Date Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Time 1 to 2 p.m.

We invite you and your wee ones (ages 2-5) to join us for a themed story and craft program. You must pre-register for this activity as space is limited. Admission by cash donation.

Lecture Series: Blacksmith/Whitesmith

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Wednesday, May 10, 2017

End Date Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Time 7 p.m.

Lecture Series: Blacksmith/Whitesmith – Douglas Morlock, May 10, 7 p.m. $5 plus HST. $5 admission.

Tot Time Workshop: Gardening for Kids

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, May 13, 2017

End Date Saturday, May 13, 2017

Time 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Young gardeners get their hands in the soil early this year, in this child-friendly indoor gardening experience with our Heritage Gardener Bob Wildfong.

Workshop: Preparing to Garden

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, May 13, 2017

End Date Saturday, May 13, 2017

Time 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Novice gardeners will learn all there is know about starting a garden.

Mother’s Day Craft for Kids

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, May 13, 2017

End Date Sunday, May 14, 2017

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

Calling all kids - join museum staff in the foyer to make a Mother's Day card for mom.

Scraps and Schnibbles

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, May 13, 2017

End Date Sunday, May 14, 2017

Time Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.

The Schneider family recycled nearly everything, every bit of fabric was used up in quilts, pot holders and Schnibble mats.

Grand National Quilt Show Opening

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Sunday, May 14, 2017

End Date Sunday, May 14, 2017

Time 1 to 4 p.m. (opening remarks, announcements, and awards starting at 2 p.m.)

On Exhibit May 7 to September 3.
The opening reception of the Grand National Quilt Show.

A new exhibit that features a stunning, thought-provoking collection of quilts crafted by gifted artists from across Canada.

Free Admission!

Mother's Day Tartan Teas

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Sunday, May 14, 2017

End Date Sunday, May 14, 2017

Time Seatings at 1 and 3 p.m.

Treat mum to a traditional tea on her special day. There’ll be sweets and savouries galore, along with superb music by Peter and Potter (Gwen Potter and Peter Light) $15/person + HST. Please call ahead to reserve.

Quilts on Display

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Wednesday, May 17, 2017

End Date Sunday, May 21, 2017

Time Wednesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1 to 5 p.m

See an array of quilts going to the New Hamburg Mennonite Central Committee Relief Sale and Quilt Auction from May 3 to 25. Included with the cost of admission.

Early Galt Undertakers of Galt and Area: When, Who, Where?

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Thursday, May 18, 2017

End Date Thursday, May 18, 2017

Time 7 p.m.

Local historian and author, Marion Roes, will take a look at undertaking businesses in Cambridge, focusing on the Galt area in particular. She has learned much about and is interested in funeral home history in Waterloo Region, starting with the Dreisinger Funeral Home in Elmira which was founded by her great-grandfather. Roes is currently researching for a book about histories of all the undertaking businesses in Waterloo Region. $ 5 per person plus HST. Please call in advance to register.

Heritage Plant Sale

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, May 20, 2017

End Date Saturday, May 20, 2017

Time 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or while supply lasts)

A great place to buy heritage flower and vegetable plants for your garden while supporting the Friends of Waterloo Region Museum.

Mennonite Quilting Bee

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, May 20, 2017

End Date Saturday, May 20, 2017

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

Quilting demonstrations by Mennonite Quilters.

2017 Quilt Block Contest Winner Announcement

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, May 20, 2017

End Date Saturday, May 20, 2017

Time 4 p.m.

The winner of the Annual Quilt Block Contest will be announced at 4 p.m.

Kids in Kilts

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Saturday, May 20, 2017

End Date Saturday, May 20, 2017

Time Drop-in from 1 to 4 p.m.

One special day each month, we invite children, ages 3 and up, to create a fun seasonal or Scottish inspired craft. This month crafty kids will have tons of fun creating Green Nature Masks. $3 per child, adults, no charge.

Workshop: Plein Air Acrylics with Michele Jones

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Sunday, May 21, 2017

End Date Sunday, May 21, 2017

Time 1 to 4 p.m.

Come on out and enjoy an afternoon of learning some of the tips and tricks of painting outdoors with acrylic paint with artist Michele Jones

Victoria Day Celebration

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Monday, May 22, 2017

End Date Monday, May 22, 2017

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

Enjoy traditional games and activities in both the museum and the village on this Victoria Day.

Quilts on Display

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Wednesday, May 24, 2017

End Date Thursday, May 25, 2017

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

See an array of quilts going to the New Hamburg Mennonite Central Committee Relief Sale and Quilt Auction from May 3 to 25. Included with the cost of admission.

Quilting Demonstrations

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Wednesday, May 24, 2017

End Date Friday, May 26, 2017

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

Enjoy quilting demonstrations by Waterloo County Quilting Guild members on May 24 to May 26.

Wee Quilt Artists’ Reception

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Wednesday, May 24, 2017

End Date Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Time 4 to 6 p.m.

Join us for a special Scottish tea as we honour the very talented creators of this year’s “The Myth and Majesty of Scotland” themed Wee Quilts. Admire their miniature masterpieces and cast a vote for your favourite. Music by Barbara Hull (harp) and Debbie Miethig (hammered dulcimer).

Seniors' Day

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Thursday, May 25, 2017

End Date Thursday, May 25, 2017

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

Admission is free for those 55 years of age and older.

ECOFest

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, May 27, 2017

End Date Saturday, May 27, 2017

Time 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A FREE fun and interactive event celebrating the environment and sharing simple environmentally friendly lifestyle choices to take home.

Heritage Bus Tour

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, June 3, 2017

End Date Saturday, June 3, 2017

Time 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Friends of Waterloo Region Museum host a local heritage bus tour. This tour highlights areas in our community that existed before July 1, 1867.

Ontario Artist Blacksmith Association – ‘Hammer In’

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, June 10, 2017

End Date Saturday, June 10, 2017

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

Watch as blacksmith artists from the Ontario Artist Blacksmith Association demonstrate their skills and talent creating art with the tools of their trade.

Tot Workshop - Gift for Dad

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, June 10, 2017

End Date Saturday, June 10, 2017

Time 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Kids age three to five will make a special Father’s Day gift for their dad.

Seniors' Day

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Thursday, June 15, 2017

End Date Thursday, June 15, 2017

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

Anyone who is 55 years of age and older is invited to come on this day to celebrate a day especially for seniors.

Father’s Day Craft

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, June 17, 2017

End Date Sunday, June 18, 2017

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

Make dad the coolest Father's Day card ever! Join museum staff in the museum foyer and make a Father’s Day card for dad.

Hops for Pops! Father's Day Beer Festival

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, June 18, 2017

End Date Sunday, June 18, 2017

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

Sample different beers from local craft breweries. The perfect day for fathers, grandfathers... and moms too!

World Refugee Day

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Tuesday, June 20, 2017

End Date Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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

Visitors are invited to help knot comforters that will be sent to refugee camps overseas with other supplies by the Mennonite Central Committee.

Colonization Road Screening

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Tuesday, June 20, 2017

End Date Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Time 7 p.m.

Join the local First Nations, Inuit and Métis community for a screening of the highly acclaimed film Colonization Road.

National Aboriginal Day

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Wednesday, June 21, 2017

End Date Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Time 6:30 to 9 p.m.

The local First Nations, Inuit and Métis community invites everyone to the Waterloo Region Museum for an evening of music and dance in celebration of National Aboriginal Day.

Canadian Horse Day

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, June 24, 2017

End Date Saturday, June 24, 2017

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

A special day in Doon Heritage Village will allow visitors to get up close and personal with Canadian horses.

Anniversary Tea hosted by the Waterloo District Women’s Institute

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, June 25, 2017

End Date Sunday, June 25, 2017

Time 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

A special anniversary afternoon tea in celebration of Canada 150 and the Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario 120th.

Canada Day -150th Birthday Party!

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, July 1, 2017

End Date Saturday, July 1, 2017

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

Waterloo Region Museum is throwing a party to celebrate Canada Day and you're invited! Admission is FREE.