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

Haus Daily Activities

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Tuesday, September 2, 2014

End Date Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Time Call for times

Join us throughout the fall as interpreters demonstrate traditional tasks in step with the season. The Historic Haus is open Wednesdays to Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 24, to 3 p.m.

Museum and Village Daily Activities

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, November 1, 2014

End Date Saturday, January 31, 2015

Time Call for times - CLOSED Dec. 25, 26 and Jan. 1

Museum activities for all ages are offered every day.
Activities for December 15 to 21
Activities for December 22 to 28

Christmas Gift Shop Sale

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Monday, December 1, 2014

End Date Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Time Call for times

Great gift-giving ideas, old-fashioned wood toys and vintage Christmas ornaments in the Christmas Gift Shop Sale.

Visiting with the Schneiders

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Monday, December 22, 2014

End Date Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Time Monday & Tuesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Experience the smells and tastes of hot cider and cookies still warm from the Schneiders' oven.

Boxing Week Gift Shop Sale

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, December 27, 2014

End Date Wednesday, December 31, 2014

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

HUGE SAVINGS on unique items, old-fashioned wood toys and vintage Christmas ornaments during our Boxing Week Gift Shop Sale! Save up to 50% off on select items!

Happy Holiday Family Fun Days

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, December 27, 2014

End Date Wednesday, December 31, 2014

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

Visit Waterloo Region Museum for family fun over the holidays!

Happy Holiday Family Fun Days

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Friday, January 2, 2015

End Date Sunday, January 4, 2015

Visit Waterloo Region Museum for family fun over the holidays!

Street Style and Museum Mysteries Closing Day

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, January 4, 2015

End Date Sunday, January 4, 2015

Last chance to see these great exhibits!

Waterloo Region Museum closed for week

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Monday, January 5, 2015

End Date Sunday, January 11, 2015

Waterloo Region Museum closes for the week and re-opens January 12.

Workshop: Learn to Knit 101

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, January 24, 2015

End Date Saturday, January 24, 2015

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

Learn the basics necessary to start knitting while you work on a project to be completed in the workshop or taken home to complete.

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 Fun

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 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 cabins to spoons and more!

Summer Day Camp Registration Day

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, March 7, 2015

End Date Saturday, March 7, 2015

Register for Adventures in Time Summer Day Camps.

Special Talk: All About Undertaking

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 and will be available in advance at McDougall Cottage and the Waterloo Region Museum in early 2015.

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.

Pyskanky (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.