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.

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.

Tots Time Tuesdays and Thursdays

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Tuesday, February 28, 2017

End Date Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Time 10 to 11 a.m.

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.

Mom and Babes Morning Out

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Wednesday, March 1, 2017

End Date Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Time 10 to 11 a.m.

Are you a new mom looking for some adult time with other new moms? This is a fun and interesting program just for you.

Tots Time Tuesdays and Thursdays

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Thursday, March 2, 2017

End Date Thursday, March 2, 2017

Time 10 to 11 a.m.

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.

Failte Kitchen Ceilidh

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Thursday, March 2, 2017

End Date Thursday, March 2, 2017

Time 7 to 9 p.m.

We call this our Failte Kitchen Ceilidh because Failte means Welcome and we'd like to welcome everyone back to the Cottage for our 2017 season.

Surviving Until Spring

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, March 4, 2017

End Date Sunday, March 5, 2017

Time Sat.10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun. 1 to 5 p.m.

See what skills early pioneer settlers used to get through winter.

Summer Day Camp Registration: Adventures in Time

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, March 4, 2017

End Date Saturday, March 4, 2017

Time 9 to 10 a.m. is members only and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. is for general public

Registration opens today for the extremely popular Adventures in Time summer camps held every summer at Doon Heritage Village.

Tots Time Tuesdays and Thursdays

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Tuesday, March 7, 2017

End Date Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Time 10 to 11 a.m.

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.

Tots Time Tuesdays and Thursdays

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Thursday, March 9, 2017

End Date Thursday, March 9, 2017

Time 10 to 11 a.m.

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.

March Break Madness - Tyrannosaurs!

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, March 11, 2017

End Date Sunday, March 19, 2017

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

Spend March Break with dinosaurs! Bring the whole family to see the new Tyrannosaurus: Meet the Family exhibit!

Warm Winter Cookery

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, March 11, 2017

End Date Sunday, March 12, 2017

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

Join us for some warm winter cookery.

March Break: University of Waterloo’s Let’s Talk Science

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Monday, March 13, 2017

End Date Monday, March 13, 2017

Time 10 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

University of Waterloo’s Let’s Talk Science are bringing their most exciting and informative hands-on experiments with awesome experiments with shows at 10 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

March Break Week Activities!

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Monday, March 13, 2017

End Date Friday, March 17, 2017

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

March Break at Joseph Schneider Haus. Join us for drop-in activities all week long in the Historic House. Visit for family fun!

March Break: KW Humane Society

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Tuesday, March 14, 2017

End Date Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Time 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Our local animal shelter is presenting two workshops “Pets Can Talk” and “Our Wild Neighbours”.

Tea with Granny

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Wednesday, March 15, 2017

End Date Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Time 2 to 4 p.m.

A March Break tea specially meant for you and your granny, or anyone else who is special to you.

March Break: Reptiles, Amphibians and Spiders – Oh My!

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Wednesday, March 15, 2017

End Date Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Time 10:30 to 11:15 and 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Hamilton Reptiles are excited to introduce you to some of their scaly super stars with shows at: 10:30 to 11:15 and 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Limited seating.

Fraktur and Colour Theory

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Thursday, March 16, 2017

End Date Thursday, March 16, 2017

Time 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Meet local artist Candice Leyland and learn about Fraktur and Colour Theory. Create your own unique and colourful fraktur piece using traditional symbols such as birds, hearts and tulips!

Junk Science with Louis Silcox

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Thursday, March 16, 2017

End Date Thursday, March 16, 2017

Time 1 to 3 p.m.

This isn't about the science of junk, nor about crazy stuff said to be science.

Forging a Dragon Workshop

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Friday, March 17, 2017

End Date Friday, March 17, 2017

Time noon to 5 p.m.

Call to pre-register. $15 materials fee. Create your own piece (cold work) with 2017 FAIR Blacksmith Douglas Morlock. Ages 10 and up.

Kids in Kilts

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Saturday, March 18, 2017

End Date Saturday, March 18, 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.

Maple Syrup

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, March 18, 2017

End Date Sunday, March 19, 2017

Time Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun, 1 to 5 p.m.

Sap will be simmering outside. Sample taffy and maple cake.

Tots Time Tuesdays and Thursdays

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Tuesday, March 21, 2017

End Date Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Time 10 to 11 a.m.

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.

SoupFest - Just Add Water

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Wednesday, March 22, 2017

End Date Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Time 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Enjoy some soup to support the Waterloo Wellington Children’s Groundwater Festival while celebrating World Water Day at the Waterloo Region Museum.

Tots Time Tuesdays and Thursdays

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Thursday, March 23, 2017

End Date Thursday, March 23, 2017

Time 10 to 11 a.m.

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.

Extended Hours for Tyrannosaurs!

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Thursday, March 23, 2017

End Date Thursday, March 23, 2017

Time 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Beat the winter blues with a visit to see our Tyrannosaurus exhibit. We have three extended hours evenings for your family to see this exhibit. Extended hours take place on February 23, March 23 and April 13.

Farewell Concert for our 2016 Musicians-in-Residence NUA

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Friday, March 24, 2017

End Date Friday, March 24, 2017

Time Note this takes place at Café 13 from 8 to 10 p.m.

After a tremendous year NUA bids us all a fond musical farewell. Includes performance by 2017 Musician-in-Residence Ruth Sutherland.

Egg Dyeing and Scratching – Pennsylvania-German Style

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, March 25, 2017

End Date Sunday, March 26, 2017

Time Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun. 1 to 5 p.m.

Egg dyeing and scratching – Pennsylvania-German style. Help the Schneiders scratch decorate Pennsylvania-German designs onto naturally dyed Easter Eggs.

Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Egg) Workshop

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, March 25, 2017

End Date Saturday, March 25, 2017

Time Two sessions: 10 a.m. to noon or 2 to 4 p.m.

Impress your friends with beautiful hand decorated Easter Eggs. $10 plus HST, materials included. Pre-register. Ages 12 and up. Two sessions: 10 a.m. to noon or 2 to 4 p.m. Call 519-742-7752 to register.

Mothering Sunday Tartan Tea

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Sunday, March 26, 2017

End Date Sunday, March 26, 2017

Time 2 p.m.

Enjoy a traditional tea with scones, sandwiches and more! Musical guest Ed Koenig on guitar/mandolin will entertain. Teas begin at 2 p.m. $15 per person plus HST. Please call ahead to reserve.

Tots Time Tuesdays and Thursdays

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Tuesday, March 28, 2017

End Date Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Time 10 to 11 a.m.

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.

Mom and Babes Morning Out

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Wednesday, March 29, 2017

End Date Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Time 10 to 11 a.m.

Are you a new mom looking for some adult time with other new moms? This is a fun and interesting program just for you.

Tots Time Tuesdays and Thursdays

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Thursday, March 30, 2017

End Date Thursday, March 30, 2017

Time 10 to 11 a.m.

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.

Seniors' Day

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Thursday, March 30, 2017

End Date Thursday, March 30, 2017

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

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

Talk: The Changing Architecture of Galt

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Thursday, March 30, 2017

End Date Thursday, March 30, 2017

Time 7 p.m.

Join Rick Haldenby, Professor at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, for a look at the changing architecture of Galt.

Teddy Bear's Night at the Museum

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Friday, March 31, 2017

End Date Friday, March 31, 2017

Time 6 to 8 p.m.

Children and their favourite stuffed animal are invited to a party!

Heritage Chickens

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, April 1, 2017

End Date Sunday, April 2, 2017

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

Visit with our baby chicks and learn what it takes to raise them.

Tots Time Tuesdays and Thursdays

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Tuesday, April 4, 2017

End Date Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Time 10 to 11 a.m.

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.

Friends of Waterloo Region Museum Annual Meeting

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Wednesday, April 5, 2017

End Date Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Time 7 p.m.

The Friends of Waterloo Region Museum invite you to attend their 61st Annual General Meeting. Everyone welcome.

Tots Time Tuesdays and Thursdays

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Thursday, April 6, 2017

End Date Thursday, April 6, 2017

Time 10 to 11 a.m.

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.

Monthly Kitchen Ceilidh

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Thursday, April 6, 2017

End Date Thursday, April 6, 2017

Time 7 to 9 p.m.

All are welcome to join us for a casual evening concert presented by talented local musicians and featuring traditional music, song and Scottish hospitality. This month’s host is Bill Muir on guitar/vocals. Admission is by cash donation.

PD Day Activities – Colour Paradise

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Friday, April 7, 2017

End Date Friday, April 7, 2017

Time Drop in from 1 to 4 p.m.

All kids are welcome to drop in for some fun games, crafts ‘n more on your day off school!

PD Day Activities

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Friday, April 7, 2017

End Date Friday, April 7, 2017

Time 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fly in to take part in some fun activities and see our baby chicks.

PD Day Fun - Tyrannosaurs!

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Friday, April 7, 2017

End Date Friday, April 7, 2017

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

A chance for children to meet the Tyrannosaurus Family before they move on at the end of the month.

Seedy Saturday

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Saturday, April 8, 2017

End Date Saturday, April 8, 2017

Time 1-4 p.m.

Join us for Seedy Saturday and bring your seeds. We will have a seed swap, lectures, gardening booths, a kid's planting area and more as we welcome the gardening season.

Tots Time Workshop: Decorate an Easter Plate

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, April 8, 2017

End Date Saturday, April 8, 2017

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

Children will decorate an Easter plate in this fun workshop! For ages two to five.

Traditional Games

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, April 8, 2017

End Date Sunday, April 9, 2017

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

Join us for some 19th century games like hul gul, string games and grand mufti.

Waterloo County Classic Crokinole Tournament

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, April 8, 2017

End Date Saturday, April 8, 2017

Time 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

See teams from across the region compete. Spectators welcome.
General admission rates apply.

Tots Time Tuesdays and Thursdays

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Tuesday, April 11, 2017

End Date Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Time 10 to 11 a.m.

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.

Mom and Babes Morning Out

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Wednesday, April 12, 2017

End Date Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Time 10 to 11 a.m.

Are you a new mom looking for some adult time with other new moms? This is a fun and interesting program just for you.

Talk and Mini-workshop: Natural Skin Care with Karen Hughes of Posy Organic Skin Care

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Wednesday, April 12, 2017

End Date Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Time 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Karen Hughes, owner of Posy Pure Organic Skin Products will be talking about the health benefits of using natural body care products, and some of the harmful toxins to avoid in many of the typical on-the-shelf products.

Tots Time Tuesdays and Thursdays

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Thursday, April 13, 2017

End Date Thursday, April 13, 2017

Time 10 to 11 a.m.

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.

Extended Hours for Tyrannosaurs!

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Thursday, April 13, 2017

End Date Thursday, April 13, 2017

Time 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Beat the winter blues with a visit to see our Tyrannosaurus exhibit. We have three extended hours evenings for your family to see this exhibit. Extended hours take place on February 23, March 23 and April 13.

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.

Hot-Crossed Bun Making Demonstration

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Friday, April 14, 2017

End Date Friday, April 14, 2017

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

We’ll be showing how to make that most traditional of Scottish Easter treats – Hot Cross Buns! Stop by for a sample and a free recipe. They’ll be crafts too! Admission by cash donation.

Easter Eggstravaganza

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Friday, April 14, 2017

End Date Sunday, April 16, 2017

Time Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.

Sample some traditional Easter cheese and help the Schneiders scratch decorate Pennsylvania-German designs onto naturally dyed Easter Eggs.

Easter Fun

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Friday, April 14, 2017

End Date Monday, April 17, 2017

Time Regular Hours

Let the kids take part in daily activities and games, including stories and much more at the Waterloo Region Museum.

Easter Egg Hunt

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, April 15, 2017

End Date Saturday, April 15, 2017

Time 10 a.m. start

Meet the Easter Bunny and bring along a small basket to collect eggs! Suggested $2 admission.

Egg Dyeing and Rolling

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Saturday, April 15, 2017

End Date Sunday, April 16, 2017

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

Bring your clan down to McDougall Cottage for some egg-ceptionally good fun. Kids can dye and decorate some of their own eggs using our home-made all natural vegetable dyes. Admission by cash donation.

Easter Sunrise Service

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, April 16, 2017

End Date Sunday, April 16, 2017

Time 7 a.m.

Enjoy an Easter Sunrise service at the historic Freeport United Brethren Church in Doon Heritage Village.

Tartan Tea

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Monday, April 17, 2017

End Date Monday, April 17, 2017

Time 2 to 4 p.m.

We invite you to join us for one of McDougall’s ever-popular Tartan Teas. There will be cucumber sandwiches, scones with jam and cream and more.

Tots Time Tuesdays and Thursdays

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Tuesday, April 18, 2017

End Date Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Time 10 to 11 a.m.

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.

Tots Time Tuesdays and Thursdays

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Thursday, April 20, 2017

End Date Thursday, April 20, 2017

Time 10 to 11 a.m.

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.

2017 Musician-in-Residence, Ruth Sutherland, presents "The Celtic Harp and the Ancient Celtic Tradition"

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Thursday, April 20, 2017

End Date Thursday, April 20, 2017

Time 7 to 9 p.m.

Celtic harper/singer/songwriter, Ruth Sutherland, will perform Celtic and original songs, while also providing a history of the Celtic harp, and how she became a Celtic harper.

Getting ready for Spring

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, April 22, 2017

End Date Sunday, April 23, 2017

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

Join the Schneiders as they prepare for spring by cleaning their tools, turning over the soil, starting seeds and more.

Girl Guide Badge Day

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, April 22, 2017

End Date Saturday, April 22, 2017

Time Noon to 4 p.m.

Come learn about life in 1856 and work towards completing the requirements for your Heritage Home Skills Badge.

Kids in Kilts

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Saturday, April 22, 2017

End Date Saturday, April 22, 2017

Time Drop in between 1 - 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 lots of fun creating colourful Earth Mobiles in honour of Earth Day. $3 per child, adults, no charge.

Tots Time Tuesdays and Thursdays

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Tuesday, April 25, 2017

End Date Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Time 10 to 11 a.m.

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.

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 10 to 11 a.m.

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.