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.

Barn Raising Exhibit

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Wednesday, November 30, 2016

End Date Sunday, December 4, 2016

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

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.

Christmas Open House

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Friday, December 2, 2016

End Date Friday, December 2, 2016

Time 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Begin your festive season at the Joseph Schneider Haus annual Christmas Open House. All are welcome at the Museum's popular annual gathering to enjoy mulled cider, Stollen (Christmas bread), Lebkuchen and Pfeffernusse cookies and traditional music in the historic Joseph Schneider Haus. This evening will also see the announcement of the 2017 Folk Artist-in-Residence and the Edna Staebler Research Fellow for the coming year.

Doon By Lantern Light Tours

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Friday, December 2, 2016

End Date Friday, December 2, 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.

Family Fun Afternoon

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, December 3, 2016

End Date Saturday, December 3, 2016

Time Noon to 4 p.m.

Spend an afternoon at Kitchener’s oldest home, the Schneider Haus. You’re always welcome for a visit. We’ll have seasonal treats to sample and activities for the kids too.

Doon By Lantern Light Tours

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, December 3, 2016

End Date Saturday, December 3, 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: Getting Ready for Santa

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, December 3, 2016

End Date Saturday, December 3, 2016

Time SOLD OUT!

This tot workshop will help your little one start getting ready for Santa by decorating a plate to put Santa’s cookies on for Christmas Eve! For ages 2 to 5.

Workshop: Seasonal Table Centre Piece

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, December 3, 2016

End Date Saturday, December 3, 2016

Time CANCELLED

Create and arrange a sensational seasonal table centre piece that will be the focus of your Christmas décor.

Child Workshop: Holiday Gifts

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, December 3, 2016

End Date Saturday, December 3, 2016

Time CANCELLED

In this children’s workshop each child will make a complete holiday gift to give to a loved one over the holidays. For ages 6 to 10 years old.

Winter Solstice Tartan Tea

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Sunday, December 4, 2016

End Date Sunday, December 4, 2016

Time 1 and 3 p.m.

McDougall's final Tartan Tea of 2016. As always, there will be plenty of delicious sweets and savouries, so grab an auld friend or two and come join us. A tea treat like this makes a wonderful gift! Musician Bob MacLean (Celtic Guitar) will be on hand to create a soothing musical mood.

Traditional Rug Hooking Workshop

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Sunday, December 4, 2016

End Date Sunday, December 4, 2016

Time 1 - 4 p.m.

In Celebration of TIGHR - The International Guild of Handhooking Rugmakers. This 3 hour class is designed for beginners. You will learn the technique of pulling up loops of wool fabric to create your own Mug Rug. All materials will be supplied for the workshop.

Volunteer Recognition Day and Country Christmas

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, December 4, 2016

End Date Sunday, December 4, 2016

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

It’s a special Country Christmas event to recognize the wonderful work and time volunteers contribute to the Region of Waterloo – our way of saying thank you

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

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 Days

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.)

Looking for something to do with the kids during the Christmas holidays? Bring the whole family out for a visit to the Waterloo Region Museum and take part in the daily activities and visit the two galleries.

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 Days

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Monday, January 2, 2017

End Date Sunday, January 8, 2017

Time Mon. to Fri. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Looking for something to do with the kids during the Christmas holidays? Bring the whole family out for a visit to the Waterloo Region Museum and take part in the daily activities and visit the two galleries.