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

Village and Museum Daily Activities

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Thursday, January 1, 2015

End Date Thursday, December 31, 2015

Time Regular Hours

Engaging and fun activities for the whole family are scheduled at the Waterloo Region Museum and Doon Heritage Village every day!

Daily activity schedule for July 20 to 26

Daily activity schedule for July 27 to August 2

Special Summer Activities!

BEER! The Exhibit

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Friday, June 19, 2015

End Date Sunday, January 3, 2016

Time Regular Hours

Discover the history of brewing, and the selling and consuming of beer in Canada, with a focus on over 175 years of brewing tradition in Waterloo Region.

Grand National Quilt Show Exhibit

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Wednesday, July 1, 2015

End Date Monday, August 31, 2015

On Exhibit May 10 to September 27.
A new exhibit featuring a stunning, thought-provoking collection of quilts crafted by 62 gifted artists from across Canada.

Summer at Joseph Schneider Haus

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Thursday, July 2, 2015

End Date Sunday, September 6, 2015

Time Regular Hours

Step back in time and meet ‘The Schneiders’. You will find costumed staff doing seasonal chores such as gardening, pickling, preserving, baking, laundry, and special guests throughout the summer.

Every Friday is Bake Day in July and August

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Friday, July 3, 2015

End Date Friday, August 28, 2015

The bake oven will be fired up every Friday all summer long. Help make yeast, bread, pies and puddings and sample a bite or two.

Sunday Tea and Garden Tours

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Sunday, July 5, 2015

End Date Sunday, August 30, 2015

Every Sunday in July and August the Schneiders invite you to stop by for a cup of tea and a tour of their garden.

Tee Time

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Friday, July 10, 2015

End Date Sunday, September 6, 2015

On Exhibit July 10 to September 6. A short history of golf from Scotland to Waterloo Region. Come learn about the history of golf in Scotland and Waterloo Region.

Mill Race Festival Preview Concert

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Thursday, July 30, 2015

End Date Thursday, July 30, 2015

Time 7 p.m.

This year at McDougall's annual preview of The Mill Race Festival of Traditional Folk Music (July 31 – August 2).

Senior's Day

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Thursday, July 30, 2015

End Date Thursday, July 30, 2015

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

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

Hymn Music in the Freeport Church

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, August 2, 2015

End Date Sunday, August 2, 2015

Time 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Join the Waterloo Region Museum's volunteer Heritage Singers in the Freeport Church for some hymn singing.

Summer Music Series: Alysha Brilla

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, August 2, 2015

End Date Sunday, August 2, 2015

Time 1 to 3 p.m.

Join us Sunday afternoons in July and August as we play host to a local artist or group who will entertain visitors with music and song. This week's featured artist is Alysha Brilla.

Piping Down the Sun

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Sunday, August 2, 2015

End Date Sunday, August 2, 2015

Time 4 to 4:30 p.m.

Sundays in August. Experience this ancient Celtic tradition and bid the sun "oidhche mhath" (good night) in the traditional musical manner.

August 2 and 30, Jim MacPherson.

Sunday Family Fun Days!

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, August 2, 2015

End Date Sunday, August 2, 2015

Spend your Sunday with us! Enjoy hand-on activities, music and horse-drawn wagon rides!

KidSummer

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Monday, August 3, 2015

End Date Monday, August 3, 2015

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

KidSummer is a fun family day where children of all ages can have some good old fashioned fun.

Yoga for Golfers

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Wednesday, August 5, 2015

End Date Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Time 7 p.m.

Certified yoga instructor, Kate O’Connor, teaches techniques to help transform your game. Call to register. $22 per person plus HST.

Mid-week Tartan Tea

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Wednesday, August 5, 2015

End Date Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Time 2 p.m.

Enjoy a traditional tea with sandwiches, sweets and more.

Ceilidh

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Thursday, August 6, 2015

End Date Thursday, August 6, 2015

Time 7 to 9 p.m.

Join us for a casual evening of traditional music and song and Scottish hospitality. Admission by cash donation. A fabulous evening concert hosted by Geoff Lewis (guitar).

Heirloom Vegetables with Rose Murray

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Thursday, August 6, 2015

End Date Thursday, August 6, 2015

Time 1 p.m.

Raised on a farm near Collingwood, Rose Murray learned the art of growing, cooking and preserving food. Rose will discuss heirloom vegetables and their uses.

Workshop: Growing and Using Herbs

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, August 8, 2015

End Date Saturday, August 8, 2015

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

Learn about and how to plant and save herbs to use in your home.

Piping Down the Sun

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Sunday, August 9, 2015

End Date Sunday, August 9, 2015

Time 4 to 4:30 p.m.

Sundays in July and August. Experience this ancient Celtic tradition and bid the sun "oidhche mhath" (good night) in the traditional musical manner. August 9 – Angus Sutherland

Summer Music Series: City'N'Eastern

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, August 9, 2015

End Date Sunday, August 9, 2015

Time 1 to 3 p.m.

Join us Sunday afternoons in July and August as we play host to a local artist or group who will entertain visitors with music and song.

This week's featured artist is City'N'Eastern.

Sunday Family Fun Days!

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, August 9, 2015

End Date Sunday, August 9, 2015

Spend your Sunday with us! Enjoy hand-on activities, music and horse-drawn wagon rides!

Bairds and the Bees

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Tuesday, August 11, 2015

End Date Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Time 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bees are an important part of our natural environment. Sample some honey treats, see beekeeping equipment and hear why these creatures need our help, when the Baird family from Belwood pay us a visit.

Walking Tour Series: Mr. Schneider’s Neighbourhood

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Thursday, August 13, 2015

End Date Thursday, August 13, 2015

Time 10:30 a.m.

Join local historian rych mills for a unique tour of the neighbourhood. Pack a lunch and join us for a presentation and refreshments. Pre-registration required. $10 plus HST per person.

Fascinating Farm Animals Weekend

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, August 15, 2015

End Date Sunday, August 16, 2015

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

Join us to explore the fascinating and fantastic world of farm animals. Make sure to bring your queries about farm animals to these great weekend activities.

Kids in Kilts: Fish Kites

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Saturday, August 15, 2015

End Date Saturday, August 15, 2015

Time Drop in between 1 and 4 p.m.

One Saturday afternoon each month, children are invited to create a fun seasonal or Scottish inspired craft. $3 per child. Ages three and up.

Harvest Time Tartan Tea

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Sunday, August 16, 2015

End Date Sunday, August 16, 2015

Time 2 p.m.

Dave’s evocative soundscapes provide a charming, musical backdrop.

Piping Down the Sun

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Sunday, August 16, 2015

End Date Sunday, August 16, 2015

Time 4 to 4:30 p.m.

Sundays in July and August. Experience this ancient Celtic tradition and bid the sun "oidhche mhath" (good night) in the traditional musical manner. August 16 and 23 – Andrew Huxley Osborne.

Summer Music Series: Lucas Stagg

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, August 16, 2015

End Date Sunday, August 16, 2015

Time 1 to 3 p.m.

Summer Music Series: Join us Sunday afternoons in July and August as we play host to a local artist or group who will entertain visitors with music and song.

This week's featured artist is Lucas Stagg.

Sunday Family Fun Days!

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, August 16, 2015

End Date Sunday, August 16, 2015

Spend your Sunday with us! Enjoy hand-on activities, music and horse-drawn wagon rides!

Summer Walking Tours

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Thursday, August 20, 2015

End Date Thursday, August 20, 2015

Time 6:30 p.m.

Dickson Hill

Join Joleen Taylor, to discover the ever-changing architectural styles of one of Galt’s finest residential neighbourhoods.

Piping Down the Sun

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Sunday, August 23, 2015

End Date Sunday, August 23, 2015

Time 4 to 4:30 p.m.

Sundays in July and August. Experience this ancient Celtic tradition and bid the sun "oidhche mhath" (good night) in the traditional musical manner. August 23 – Andrew Huxley Osborne.

4th Annual Doon Cruise-In Auto Extravaganza

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, August 23, 2015

End Date Sunday, August 23, 2015

Time 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Village is open to 5 p.m.

The Waterloo Region Museum is pleased to host the 4th annual Doon Cruise-In Auto Extravaganza in support of Epilepsy Waterloo Wellington.

Hymn Music in the Freeport Church

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, August 23, 2015

End Date Sunday, August 23, 2015

Time 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Join the Waterloo Region Museum's volunteer Heritage Singers in the Freeport Church for some hymn singing.

Senior's Day

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Thursday, August 27, 2015

End Date Thursday, August 27, 2015

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

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

Brilliantly Built

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Thursday, August 27, 2015

End Date Thursday, August 27, 2015

Time 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

What does recreating a Mennonite settler’s cabin entail? Project manager Chris Gibson walks us through the construction of what would later be repurposed as the Schneider Haus Washhouse.

Apple-iscious Weekend

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, August 29, 2015

End Date Sunday, August 30, 2015

Time 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

As the summer season comes to an end, it's time to bring in the apples! Join our staff to try some of the delicious things you can make with apples, learn how to make cider, or what kind of care goes into growing your own apples.

Summer Walking Tours

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Sunday, August 30, 2015

End Date Sunday, August 30, 2015

Time 2 to 4 p.m.

Downtown Galt hosted by Heritage Cambridge

Step back in time as Heritage Cambridge takes you downtown in this historical walking tour that looks at the picturesque commercial district of Galt.

Hymn Music in the Freeport Church

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, August 30, 2015

End Date Sunday, August 30, 2015

Time 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Join the Waterloo Region Museum's volunteer Heritage Singers in the Freeport Church for some hymn singing.

Piping Down the Sun

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Sunday, August 30, 2015

End Date Sunday, August 30, 2015

Time 4 to 4:30 p.m.

Sundays in August. Experience this ancient Celtic tradition and bid the sun "oidhche mhath" (good night) in the traditional musical manner.

August 30, Jim MacPherson.

Summer Music Series: Sean Pinchin

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, August 30, 2015

End Date Sunday, August 30, 2015

Time 1 to 3 p.m.

Summer Music Series: Join us Sunday afternoons in July and August as we play host to a local artist or group who will entertain visitors with music and song.

This week's featured artist is Sean Pinchin.

Sunday Family Fun Days!

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, August 30, 2015

End Date Sunday, August 30, 2015

Spend your Sunday with us! Enjoy hand-on activities, music and horse-drawn wagon rides!

Grand National Quilt Show Exhibit

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Wednesday, September 2, 2015

End Date Sunday, September 6, 2015

On Exhibit May 10 to September 27.
A new exhibit featuring a stunning, thought-provoking collection of quilts crafted by 62 gifted artists from across Canada.

Ticket On Sale Date - Doon By Lantern List Tours and Starry Night

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Tuesday, September 8, 2015

End Date Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Time 9 a.m.

Purchase Doon By Lantern Light Tours and Starry Night tickets today.

Tots Time - Tuesdays and Thursdays

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Tuesday, September 8, 2015

End Date Thursday, November 19, 2015

Time 10 to 11 a.m.

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

Grand National Quilt Show Exhibit

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Wednesday, September 9, 2015

End Date Sunday, September 13, 2015

On Exhibit May 10 to September 27.
A new exhibit featuring a stunning, thought-provoking collection of quilts crafted by 62 gifted artists from across Canada.

Seniors' Day

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Wednesday, September 9, 2015

End Date Wednesday, September 9, 2015

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

A FREE special day for seniors 55 years of age and older featuring garden tours, live musical entertainment and more.

Paint the Grand

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Friday, September 11, 2015

End Date Friday, September 11, 2015

Time 7 p.m.

Dave entertains at our Paint the Grand Artists' Reception and Exhibit Opening.

Home School Day

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Friday, September 11, 2015

End Date Friday, September 11, 2015

Time 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All home schooled chidren are invited to a program especially designed for them. Come and explore, learn and discover!

Workshop: Seed Saving

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, September 12, 2015

End Date Saturday, September 12, 2015

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

Learn the art and science of seed saving from Bob Wildfong, one of Canada's heritage gardening experts.

Wedding Expo: Sweet Wedding Wishes

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, September 13, 2015

End Date Sunday, September 13, 2015

Time 12 to 4 p.m.

One of the newest wedding shows in Ontario!

Grand National Quilt Show Exhibit

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Wednesday, September 16, 2015

End Date Sunday, September 20, 2015

On Exhibit May 10 to September 27.
A new exhibit featuring a stunning, thought-provoking collection of quilts crafted by 62 gifted artists from across Canada.

Beer TALKS Series: Jim Brickman

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Thursday, September 17, 2015

End Date Thursday, September 17, 2015

Time 7 to 9 p.m.

Jim Brickman will speak about the early days of craft beer brewing when it started in Canada in 1984.

Workshop: Learn to Knit 101

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, September 19, 2015

End Date Saturday, September 19, 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.

Sunday Family Fun Day: Code Breakers

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, September 20, 2015

End Date Sunday, September 20, 2015

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

Learn how to send private messages and to crack other secret codes! It’s a fun-filled day for young secret agents!

Afternoon Tea: The 1906 Berlin Cookbook

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Tuesday, September 22, 2015

End Date Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Time 2 to 4 p.m.

The Waterloo Region Museum would be delighted if you could join them for an afternoon tea in the beautiful Grand Foyer of the Waterloo Region Museum.

Grand National Quilt Show Exhibit

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Wednesday, September 23, 2015

End Date Sunday, September 27, 2015

On Exhibit May 10 to September 27.
A new exhibit featuring a stunning, thought-provoking collection of quilts crafted by 62 gifted artists from across Canada.

Workshop: Autumn Wreath

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, September 26, 2015

End Date Saturday, September 26, 2015

Time 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Create a festive wreath to use as either a centre piece or to hang on a wall to help celebrate the harvest season.

Blacksmith 101 Course

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, September 26, 2015

End Date Saturday, September 26, 2015

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

First day of a two day course that teaches the basics of both the art and trade of blacksmithing.

First People’s Festival Education Days

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Tuesday, September 29, 2015

End Date Thursday, October 1, 2015

Time 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The First Peoples Festival is a celebration of First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures, history and realities for school children in grades 6 to 12.

Aboriginal Symposium Day

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Friday, October 2, 2015

End Date Friday, October 2, 2015

Time 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

This one day program is a celebration of First Nations history and realities for secondary school students.

Workshop: Learn to Knit 102

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, October 3, 2015

End Date Saturday, October 3, 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

Blacksmith 102 Course

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, October 3, 2015

End Date Saturday, October 3, 2015

Second day of a two day course that teaches the basics of both the art and trade of blacksmithing.

Waterloo Region Forest Festival

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Wednesday, October 7, 2015

End Date Thursday, October 8, 2015

Time 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

This two day educational festival for grade 6 and 7 students teaches several key messages about forest resources in the Region of Waterloo. Presentations and hands-on activities include information on forest ecosystems, stewardship, conservation, species at risk, and the impacts of climate change.

Sunday Family Fun Day: Harvest Time

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, October 11, 2015

End Date Sunday, October 11, 2015

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

Enjoy Thanksgiving weekend family fun in the picturesque autumn setting of Doon Heritage Village and the Waterloo Region Museum.

Fall Harvest - Thanksgiving Day

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Monday, October 12, 2015

End Date Monday, October 12, 2015

Time 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Museum open to 5 p.m.

On Thanksgiving Day Monday visit for family fun activities and enjoy the magnificent colours of fall at one of the prettiest places in Waterloo Region.

Beer TALKS Series: Women Enjoying Beer!

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Thursday, October 22, 2015

End Date Thursday, October 22, 2015

Time 7 to 9 p.m.

Spend an evening with women who enjoy beer! An engaging presentation all about beer. TALK includes delicious snacks and a tour of the BEER! The Exhibit. Of course, this evening isn’t just for women!

Beer TALKS Series: Jim Brickman

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Thursday, October 22, 2015

End Date Thursday, October 22, 2015

Time 7 to 9 p.m.

Jim Brickman will speak about the early days of craft beer brewing when it started in Canada in 1984.

Workshop: Gifts in a Jar

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, October 24, 2015

End Date Saturday, October 24, 2015

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

Spend an afternoon making three different gifts in a jar. Learn to make three different recipes, along with card and bow, which you will complete in this fun workshop.

Sunday Family Fun Day: Retro Games!

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, October 25, 2015

End Date Sunday, October 25, 2015

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

Join us for a walk down memory lane as we take you back to your youth. Bring your family and share your memories while playing retro games, rocking-out to old school jams and enjoying some throw-back snacks.

WW1 Education Day

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Monday, October 26, 2015

End Date Monday, October 26, 2015

Time 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Waterloo Region Museum in conjunction with the History Matters Association presents an interactive program about WW1 for grade 10 students.