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

Museum Daily Activities

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Thursday, January 1, 2015

End Date Thursday, December 31, 2015

Time Regular Hours

Daily activity schedule for January 19 to 25.
Daily activity schedule for January 26 to February 1.

Tots Time - Tuesdays and Thursdays

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Tuesday, January 20, 2015

End Date Thursday, June 18, 2015

Time 10 to 11 a.m.

Join us on Tuesday and Thursdays for an engaging program for children ages 2 to 5.

Ocean Bound!

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Friday, January 30, 2015

End Date Sunday, May 10, 2015

A new exhibition called Ocean Bound! explores the science of watersheds, aquatic animals and oceans. Embark on a journey through watersheds to see how everyone’s actions on land affect our oceans. The exhibit presents fun environmental science for the whole family!

Workshop: Cultivating Heritage Gardens and Landscapes

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, January 31, 2015

End Date Saturday, January 31, 2015

Time Registration 8:30 a.m. event to 4 p.m.

The Heritage Planning Advisory Committee presents a workshop on Heritage Gardens and Landscapes.

Valentine's Craft for Children

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, February 7, 2015

End Date Sunday, February 8, 2015

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

The craft session takes place throughout the day and parents must accompany their children. Appropriate for children four to 10 years of age. Included with regular admission.

Workshop: Learn to Knit 102

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, February 7, 2015

End Date Saturday, February 7, 2015

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

Part two of the Learn to Knit workshops where you will practice skills that were introduced in part one

Workshop: Chocolate

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, February 7, 2015

End Date Saturday, February 7, 2015

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

Satisfy your inner chocoholic by taking part in this deliciously fun workshop and end up with a tray of chocolaty goodness to take home for Valentines Day

Reflections of the Natural World: The Glass Art of Laurie Spieker

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, February 14, 2015

End Date Sunday, April 26, 2015

Time Regular hours

Opening Reception: Saturday, Feb. 14, 1 to 4 p.m. On exhibit to April 26. Laurie's life-long interest in glass followed a natural path. Her youthful appreciation for glass moved her through stained glass and into the warm realm of fused and kiln-formed glass. Her current body of glass art is based on close observations of nature. Often with camera in hand, she seeks the unnoticed and revels in closely examining the graphic grace and simplicity found in our natural world.

Family Day Weekend

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, February 14, 2015

End Date Monday, February 16, 2015

Take part in fun family activities throughout the family day weekend while visiting Ocean Bound! Regular admission.

Opening Reception

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, February 14, 2015

End Date Saturday, February 14, 2015

Time 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reception 1 to 4 p.m.

The Schneiders Haus reopens for the season. Enjoy refreshments and visit with 2015 Folk Artist-In- Residence, Laurie Spieker.

Family Day Fun

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Monday, February 16, 2015

End Date Monday, February 16, 2015

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

Enjoy Family Day with crafts, games, treats and Cottage tours – fun for the whole family! Donations appreciated.

Family Day – Winter Tracking and Storytelling

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Monday, February 16, 2015

End Date Monday, February 16, 2015

Time event: 1 to 4 p.m. / Historic Haus open: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

At this time of year there are stories written in the snow, and we can learn to read them.

All About Undertaking: Funeral Businesses and Practices in Waterloo County

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Thursday, February 19, 2015

End Date Thursday, February 19, 2015

Time 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Author and local historian Marion Roes discusses both the changing rituals around death and burial practices of cultural groups within the Region and the People who have made a career providing those services.

Kinderconcert Series

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, February 21, 2015

End Date Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Three Little Pigs Pre-concert activities: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Concert: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. A fun and musical way for children to enjoy the symphony. Performed by the Licorice Allsorts Clarinet Quartet. To purchase tickets call the K-W Symphony at 519-745-4711, 1-888-745-4717 or visit kwsymphony.ca.

Crockpot vs. Eintopf

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, February 21, 2015

End Date Sunday, February 22, 2015

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

Join us for some warm winter cookery.

Tea & Talk

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, February 22, 2015

End Date Sunday, February 22, 2015

Time 2 p.m.

Outhouses, Body Odour, and Bad Breath: A Fun Look at 150 Years of Health and Hygiene

Ocean Bound! Water Talk

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Monday, February 23, 2015

End Date Monday, February 23, 2015

Time 1:30 to 3:30 P.M.

Bob Burtt: No Guardians at the Gate

Knits, Mitts and Warm Winter Clothing

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, February 28, 2015

End Date Saturday, February 28, 2015

Time 1 to 5 p.m.

Find out how the Schneider's kept warm during the winter season.

Workshop: Growing Indoor Seedlings

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, February 28, 2015

End Date Saturday, February 28, 2015

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

This annual workshop helps novice gardeners explore their green thumb potential.

Failte Ceilidh – Traditional Tunes

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Thursday, March 5, 2015

End Date Thursday, March 5, 2015

Time 7 to 9 p.m.

With musical host, Gwen Potter on fiddle. Join us for a casual evening concert and Scottish hospitality. Ceilidhs have monthly musical hosts and feature musical themes. Admission by cash donation.

Kids in Kilts

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Saturday, March 7, 2015

End Date Saturday, March 7, 2015

Time 1 to 4 p.m.

Today's craft is spoon puppets (kilted of course!). One Saturday afternoon each month, children ages three and up are invited to create a fun seasonal or Scottish inspired crafts. Suggested donation is $3. Adults free.

Working with Wood

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, March 7, 2015

End Date Sunday, March 8, 2015

Time Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 8, 1 to 5 p.m.

Guest wood workers show you how wood can be used to make everything from cabinets to spoons and more!

Camp Registration: Adventures in Time Summer Day Camp

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, March 7, 2015

End Date Saturday, March 7, 2015

Time 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. - members only 10 a.m. to noon - general public

Register for Adventures in Time Summer Day Camps.

All About Undertaking: Funeral Businesses and Practices in Waterloo County

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Monday, March 9, 2015

End Date Monday, March 9, 2015

Time 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Author and local historian Marion Roes gives a presentation funeral businesses and practices in Waterloo County.

Farewell Concert: Allison Lupton

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Friday, March 13, 2015

End Date Friday, March 13, 2015

Time 8 p.m.

The Friends of McDougall Cottage present a Farewell Concert at Café 13 Main Street Grill for McDougall’s 2014 Musician-in-Residence. Allison Lupton wraps up a stellar year with the help of some special, musical guests. Tickets are $15 per person available in advance at McDougall Cottage and the Waterloo Region Museum.

Surviving Until Spring

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, March 14, 2015

End Date Sunday, March 15, 2015

Time Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 15, 1 to 5 p.m.

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

March Break Week

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, March 14, 2015

End Date Sunday, March 22, 2015

Visit Waterloo Region Museum over the March Break Week holiday!

Syrian Childrens' Art Exhibit

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, March 14, 2015

End Date Sunday, March 22, 2015

A Syrian Childrens’ art exhibit takes place during the March Break Week called Kids are the Future.

Mothering Sunday Tartan Tea

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Sunday, March 15, 2015

End Date Sunday, March 15, 2015

Time 2 p.m.

Enjoy a traditional tea with scones, sandwiches and more! Musical guest Geoff Lewis will entertain. Teas begin at 2 p.m. $15/person + HST. Please call ahead to reserve.

March Break: Hamilton Reptiles

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Monday, March 16, 2015

End Date Monday, March 16, 2015

Time 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. and 1:30 to 2:15 p.m.

Hamilton Reptiles are excited to introduce you to some of their scaly super stars.

March Break: Fused Glass Drop-In

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Tuesday, March 17, 2015

End Date Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Time 1 to 4 p.m.

Get a Reaction! March Break Fused Glass Drop-In Explore chemical reactions using reactive glass and fusible components. Make a Puddle or two, $6 per Puddle.

March Break: Craft Extravaganza!

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Tuesday, March 17, 2015

End Date Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Time 1 to 4 p.m.

Come and get crafty with Joseph Schneider Haus staff all day. Special guests Knitting Enthusiast Emily Beilby and Stained Glass Artist Laurie Spieker, Drop-in for some hands-on fused glass activities and/or bring your knitting projects and problems.

Tea with Granny

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Wednesday, March 18, 2015

End Date Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Time 2 p.m.

Enjoy a traditional tea with scones, sandwiches and more! Teas begin at 2 p.m. $15/person + HST. Please call ahead to reserve. (no musician today)

March Break: KW Forest School and Elements of Bird Language

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Wednesday, March 18, 2015

End Date Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Time 1 to 4 p.m.

Birds are the eyes and ears of the forest, and if we learn to listen in on their conversation, we can pick up a lot more of what’s going on in the woods and see more wildlife as a result. Dylan Siebert will introduce this ancient art using outdoor games for the young and young at heart.

TALK: Searching your Scottish Roots

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Thursday, March 19, 2015

End Date Thursday, March 19, 2015

Time 7 p.m.

Genealogy lecturer and writer, Christine Woodcock, shows you how to get started researching your Scottish roots and how to make the most of your research. Please call to register. By donation ($5/person suggested)

March Break: Tin Roof Global

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Thursday, March 19, 2015

End Date Thursday, March 19, 2015

Time 12:30 to 2 p.m. and 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Drone helicopter flights! Tin Roof Global will be showing you where our water flows from 300’ up.

Soupfest

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Friday, March 20, 2015

End Date Friday, March 20, 2015

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

"Just Add Water" 6th Annual Soup Fest in Support of Waterloo Wellington Children’s Groundwater Festival

Let’s Talk Science

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Friday, March 20, 2015

End Date Friday, March 20, 2015

Time 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 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.

Maple Syrup

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, March 21, 2015

End Date Sunday, March 22, 2015

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.

Pysanky (Ukranian Easter Egg) Workshop

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, March 21, 2015

End Date Saturday, March 21, 2015

Time 1 to 4 p.m.

Impress your friends with beautiful hand decorated Easter Eggs. $10, taxes and materials included. Call to register.

Seniors’ Day

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Sunday, March 22, 2015

End Date Sunday, March 22, 2015

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

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

World Water Day

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, March 22, 2015

End Date Sunday, March 22, 2015

A day to raise awareness of the importance of clean drinking water for everyone.

Ocean Bound! Water Talk

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Monday, March 23, 2015

End Date Monday, March 23, 2015

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

Dan Meagher – The Story of Water in Waterloo Region.

Tea & Talk

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Tuesday, March 24, 2015

End Date Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Time 2 p.m.

Outhouses, Body Odour, and Bad Breath: A Fun Look at 150 Years of Health and Hygiene

Workshop: Printmaking for Adults – Celtic Design Linoblock Prints

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Sunday, March 29, 2015

End Date Sunday, March 29, 2015

Time 1 to 4 p.m.

Betty Praught and Kari Mullin from Galt’s Riverside Print Group share their knowledge and printmaking expertise. All levels welcome. $35/person + HST (includes instruction and supplies). Call to register.

Lecture Series: Medieval Glass

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Wednesday, April 1, 2015

End Date Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Time 7 p.m.

Lecture Series: Medieval Glass, presented by Dominic Marner, Associate Professor, Art History, University of Guelph, $5 admission.

Friends of Waterloo Region Museum Annual Meeting

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Wednesday, April 1, 2015

End Date Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Time 7 p.m.

Annual General Meeting that reviews activities in 2014 and plans for 2015. All welcome.

Maundy Thursday

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Thursday, April 2, 2015

End Date Thursday, April 2, 2015

Time 7 to 9 p.m.

Hosted by McDougall’s 2015 Musician-in-Residence. Join us for a casual evening concert and Scottish hospitality. Ceilidhs have monthly musical hosts and feature musical themes. Admission by cash donation.

Homemade Hot Cross Buns

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Friday, April 3, 2015

End Date Friday, April 3, 2015

Time 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! Donations appreciated.

Easter Eggstravaganza!

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Friday, April 3, 2015

End Date Sunday, April 5, 2015

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

Traditional egg dyeing and rolling

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Saturday, April 4, 2015

End Date Sunday, April 5, 2015

Time 1 to 4 p.m. each day

See how it was done in the good ‘ol days and try your hand at traditional egg dyeing and rolling fun. Easter treats for all kids who stop by.

Easter Weekend Activities

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, April 4, 2015

End Date Monday, April 6, 2015

Easter Weekend Activities at the Waterloo Region Museum.

Easter Egg Hunt

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, April 4, 2015

End Date Saturday, April 4, 2015

Meet the Easter Bunny and bring along a small basket to collect eggs!

Easter Sunrise Service

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, April 5, 2015

End Date Sunday, April 5, 2015

Time 7 a.m.

The 50th annual Easter Sunrise Service at the historic Freeport United Brethren Church in Doon Heritage Village.

Lecture Series: Contemporary Glass and Canadian Art

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Wednesday, April 8, 2015

End Date Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Time 7 p.m.

Lecture Series: Contemporary Glass and Canadian Art, presented by Sheila McMath, Curator, The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, $5 admission.

2015 Wee Quilt Challenge

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Friday, April 10, 2015

End Date Friday, April 10, 2015

Exhibit opens Friday, April 10. Marvel at the miniature masterpieces of “Gardens and the Grand” created by gifted quilt artists from near and far. Be sure to cast a vote for your favourite! Running daily until June 28

Crokinole Tournament

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, April 11, 2015

End Date Saturday, April 11, 2015

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

See teams from across the region compete. Spectators welcome.

Workshop: Pruning Trees and Shrubs

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, April 11, 2015

End Date Saturday, April 11, 2015

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

Bob Wildfong, Doon Heritage Village’s Heritage Gardener, will teach participants about basic pruning of trees, shrubs and vines.

25th Annual Volunteer Breakfast

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Wednesday, April 15, 2015

End Date Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Time 7:30 to 10 a.m.

The staff at the Waterloo Region Museum, Joseph Schneider Haus, McDougall Cottage and the Region of Waterloo Libraries are hosting our annual volunteer appreciation breakfast at the Waterloo Region Museum. Free for volunteers.

Tea & Talk

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Thursday, April 16, 2015

End Date Thursday, April 16, 2015

Time 2 p.m.

Outhouses, Body Odour, and Bad Breath: A Fun Look at 150 Years of Health and Hygiene

PD Day Activities: Time to Travel

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Friday, April 17, 2015

End Date Friday, April 17, 2015

Time 1 to 4 p.m.

All kids are welcome to drop in for some fun “travel themed” games, crafts ‘n more on your day off school! Children must be accompanied by an adult. By donation ($5/child suggested).

PD Day Fun!

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Friday, April 17, 2015

End Date Friday, April 17, 2015

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

Visit and enjoy special time with your child during a PD Day!

Earth Day Weekend

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, April 18, 2015

End Date Sunday, April 19, 2015

A celebration featuring Water activities. General admission rates apply.

KWS Kinderconcert

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, April 18, 2015

End Date Saturday, April 18, 2015

Time 9:30 a.m.

The Waterloo Region Museum in partnership with the K-W Symphony invites you to the first concert of the fall/winter Kinderconcert Series: Toot, Bang and Swish!

Recycled Puppet Workshop

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, April 18, 2015

End Date Saturday, April 18, 2015

In celebration of Earth Day we’re recycling socks, shoes, CD cases and more to create magical creatures with Sarah Granskou, Folk Artist-in-Residence 2013.

Tartan Tea

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Sunday, April 19, 2015

End Date Sunday, April 19, 2015

Time 2 p.m.

Enjoy a traditional tea with scones, sandwiches and more! Musical guests Wayne Cheater and Jakki Annerino entertain. Teas begin at 2 p.m. $15/person + HST. Please call ahead to reserve.

Ocean Bound Water Talk

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Monday, April 20, 2015

End Date Monday, April 20, 2015

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

Dave Shultz - Learn about the role the Grand River Conservation Authority plays in protecting and managing our most precious resource, water.

Scottish Music Night

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Thursday, April 23, 2015

End Date Thursday, April 23, 2015

Time 7 p.m.

Fiddler, Dave Neigh and vocalist (TBD) treat us all to a fabulous evening of traditional Scottish fiddle music and song. Admission by cash donation.

Kids in Kilts

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Saturday, April 25, 2015

End Date Saturday, April 25, 2015

Time 1 to 4 p.m.

Today's craft is Repurposed Wreaths and Bug Decorations. One Saturday afternoon each month, children ages three and up are invited to create a fun seasonal or Scottish inspired crafts. Suggested donation is $3. Adults free.

Plant a Seed

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, April 25, 2015

End Date Sunday, April 26, 2015

Time 1 to 4 p.m.

Meet Horticulturalist Karolyn Fournier and learn all about seed collecting, sharing and planting from our guests from Waterloo 4H.

WORKSHOP: Painted Miniature Scottish Thistle

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Sunday, April 26, 2015

End Date Sunday, April 26, 2015

Time 1 to 4 p.m.

Create a stunning painted watercolour miniature of a Scottish thistle under the guidance of expert miniature painter, Debbie Thompson Wilson. $30/person + HST. Call to register. All levels welcome.

Waterloo Region Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, April 26, 2015

End Date Sunday, April 26, 2015

Time 2 p.m.

Community members and groups are inducted into the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame