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.

City On Edge exhibit

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Friday, June 24, 2016

End Date Saturday, December 31, 2016

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.

First People’s Festival Education Days

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Tuesday, September 27, 2016

End Date Thursday, September 29, 2016

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.

Seniors' Day

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Thursday, September 29, 2016

End Date Thursday, September 29, 2016

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

Sketching Out The Past

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, October 1, 2016

End Date Saturday, October 1, 2016

Time 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Learn the elements of art with a Schneider Haus Flair. This 6 week drawing course for beginners combines a love of history with the 7 basic elements of art: Line, Shape, Texture, Value, Space and form and colour.

Schnibbles and Schnitz (Food Preservation)

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, October 1, 2016

End Date Sunday, October 2, 2016

Preparations begin for the long winter ahead with the drying, or schntizing, and pickling of corn, beets and beans.

Workshop: Learn to Knit 102

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, October 1, 2016

End Date Saturday, October 1, 2016

Time CANCELLED

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

Simultaneous Guitar, Fiddle and Bodhran Workshops

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Sunday, October 2, 2016

End Date Sunday, October 2, 2016

Time 1 - 4 p.m.

Presented by the 2016 Musician-in-Residence NUA members, James Law, Graeme McGillivray and Jacob McCauley.

Great War Public Education Day

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, October 2, 2016

End Date Sunday, October 2, 2016

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

Join us at the Waterloo Region Museum for a day filled with informative demonstrations, talks and music about the First World War.

Great War Student Education Days

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Monday, October 3, 2016

End Date Tuesday, October 4, 2016

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

A student education program for Grade 10 students that features informative demonstrations, talks and music about the First World War.

Mom and Babes Morning Out

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Wednesday, October 5, 2016

End Date Wednesday, October 5, 2016

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.

Monthly Kitchen Ceilidh

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Thursday, October 6, 2016

End Date Thursday, October 6, 2016

Time 7 - 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 guest host is Barry Cull (guitar/vocals). Admission is by cash donation.

Waterloo Region Forest Festival

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Thursday, October 6, 2016

End Date Friday, October 7, 2016

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

The Waterloo Region Museum in partnership with the City of Kitchener, City of Waterloo, Grand River Conservation Authority, Waterloo Stewardship Network, and the Children’s Water Education Council, presents the 4th annual Forest Festival for grade 6 and 7 students.

Brews and Beverages

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, October 8, 2016

End Date Sunday, October 9, 2016

Discover how the fruits of the harvest are converted into cider, beer and wine.

Scarecrow Workshop

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, October 8, 2016

End Date Saturday, October 8, 2016

Time 1 - 4 p.m.

Make your own scarecrow. Bring some old clothing. We have the rest! Prizes! Drop-in. Free workshop with paid admission to the site.

Sunday Family Fun Day: Harvest Time

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, October 9, 2016

End Date Sunday, October 9, 2016

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

There’s no better way to enjoy Thanksgiving weekend and the fall colours than at the Waterloo Region Museum!

Fall Harvest - Thanksgiving Day

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Monday, October 10, 2016

End Date Monday, October 10, 2016

Time Village 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.

Sheep to Shawl Demonstration

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Monday, October 10, 2016

End Date Monday, October 10, 2016

Time Noon to 3 p.m.

Members of the K-W Spinners and Weavers Guild will take a raw sheep’s fleece and prepare it to weave into a finished shawl – all in 3 hours!

Open on Thanksgiving Day

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Monday, October 10, 2016

End Date Monday, October 10, 2016

Time 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Schneider Haus is open Thanksgiving Day! Stop by after the parade and celebrate the fall bounty. Bread baking, pickling, preserving and more.

Tots Time Tuesdays and Thursdays

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Tuesday, October 11, 2016

End Date Tuesday, October 11, 2016

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.

Erntefest (Harvest Festival)

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Wednesday, October 12, 2016

End Date Friday, October 14, 2016

Time 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Celebrate the fall bounty. Bread baking, pickling, preserving and more.

Seniors' Day

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Thursday, October 13, 2016

End Date Thursday, October 13, 2016

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

A FREE special day for seniors 55 years of age and older featuring garden tours, silent movies and horse-drawn wagon rides. Live musical entertainment by the Grand River Horizon's Music. Alzheimer Society’s Coffee Break® 2016 Campaign – bring a toonie, get a coffee and support the Alzheimer Society!

Tots Time Tuesdays and Thursdays

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Thursday, October 13, 2016

End Date Thursday, October 13, 2016

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.

Ghost Walk

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Thursday, October 13, 2016

End Date Thursday, October 13, 2016

Time 7 - 9 p.m.

Put on your comfy walking shoes and join McDougall Staffer, Joleen Taylor, as she takes us on a spooky nighttime adventure that looks at the history and hauntings of Galt. Participants are asked to dress for the weather and to bring a flashlight.

Workshop: Memory Wire Necklace and Earring Set

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, October 15, 2016

End Date Saturday, October 15, 2016

Time 10:30 a.m. to Noon

Participants will work with memory wire to create a necklace and earring set. For ages 9 to 13 years old.

Workshop: Pearl and Swarovski Necklace and Earring Set

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, October 15, 2016

End Date Saturday, October 15, 2016

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

Participants will work with wire, pearls, chain, and Swarovski crystal to create a beautiful necklace and earring set. For ages 14 and up.

Tot Workshop: Halloween Crafts

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, October 15, 2016

End Date Saturday, October 15, 2016

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

A fun workshop to help your tot get ready to celebrate Halloween that will include making three fun take-home crafts and a story and snack. For ages 2 to 5 years old.

Sketching Out The Past

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, October 15, 2016

End Date Saturday, October 15, 2016

Time 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Learn the elements of art with a Schneider Haus Flair. This 6 week drawing course for beginners combines a love of history with the 7 basic elements of art: Line, Shape, Texture, Value, Space and form and colour.

Apple Schnitizing Bee

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, October 15, 2016

End Date Sunday, October 16, 2016

Help preserve the fruits of the apple harvest. Activities include schntizing (drying) apples, making apple butter, pressing cider and tasting heritage varieties of apples.

A Taste of Scotland

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Saturday, October 15, 2016

End Date Saturday, October 15, 2016

Time 1 - 4 p.m.

Join us for a wee Taste of Scotland! Sample some of Scotland's favourite foods like shortbread, Cloutie Dumpling and more. Grab some free recipes so you can give some of these dishes a try at home. Then plan to head outside and have a seat in the Cottage's beautiful back garden where you'll be entertained by wee performers from The Cambridge Highland Dancers as they present both Highland and National dances on the hour and the half-hour. Admission is by cash donation.

Sunday Family Fun Day: Retro Day

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, October 16, 2016

End Date Sunday, October 16, 2016

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

A fun way to spend a Sunday with your family and to share some memories.

City On Edge TALK - Ontario Mennonites and the First World War

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Monday, October 17, 2016

End Date Monday, October 17, 2016

Time 2 p.m.

Talk given by Laureen Harder-Gissing, Mennonite Archives of Ontario.

Tots Time Tuesdays and Thursdays

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Tuesday, October 18, 2016

End Date Tuesday, October 18, 2016

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.

Talk: Energy Medicine with Sherri Dmyterko

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Wednesday, October 19, 2016

End Date Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Time 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Sherri Dmyterko will be talking about Energy Medicine and more specifically PureBioenergy Medicine. She will explain what Energy Medicine is and how it brings the body back into balance. She will also demonstrate different techniques.

K-W Symphony Kinderconcert Series: Tunes and Tarantellas

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, October 22, 2016

End Date Saturday, October 22, 2016

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

The first of the 2016 - 2017 Kinderconcert series held at the Waterloo Region Museum, Tunes and Tarantellas is a fun and musical way for children to enjoy the K-W Symphony.

Workshop: Felt Poppy

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, October 22, 2016

End Date Saturday, October 22, 2016

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

Join us at the Waterloo Region Museum for a workshop on creating a beautiful poppy that you can proudly wear on Remembrance Day.

Sketching Out The Past

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, October 22, 2016

End Date Saturday, October 22, 2016

Time 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Learn the elements of art with a Schneider Haus Flair. This 6 week drawing course for beginners combines a love of history with the 7 basic elements of art: Line, Shape, Texture, Value, Space and form and colour.

Folk Medicine

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, October 22, 2016

End Date Sunday, October 23, 2016

Mom was the medic in the 19th century. Discover the medicinal uses of the plants and herbs in the Joseph Schneider Haus gardens and learn about the folklore that was popular at the time. Your cough medicine won't seem so bad after this!

Badge Day at Joseph Schneider Haus

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, October 22, 2016

End Date Saturday, October 22, 2016

Time 12 - 4 p.m.

Come learn about life in 1856 and work towards earning a Guide, Brownie, Cub and Scout badge.

JSH on the Go!

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, October 22, 2016

End Date Saturday, October 22, 2016

Time 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Visit JSH at Kitchener Public Library's DIY Festival. Learn all about the home remedies that the Schneider family would have used in 1856. Hands-on activities and tasting opportunities.

Ghost Walk

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Saturday, October 22, 2016

End Date Saturday, October 22, 2016

Time SOLD OUT

Put on your comfy walking shoes and join McDougall staffer, Joleen Taylor, as she takes us on a spooky nighttime adventure that looks at the history and hauntings of Galt. Participants are asked to dress for the weather and to bring a flashlight.

K-W Silverstars: The Golden Age of Song

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, October 23, 2016

End Date Sunday, October 23, 2016

Time 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Join the K-W SILVER STARS as they recreate that era with a new show called The Golden Age of Song. The show will feature a live band, costumes from the era and a variety of songs and poetry that are sure to stir memories and emotions.

Scottish Song Workshop with Karen MacLeod

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Sunday, October 23, 2016

End Date Sunday, October 23, 2016

Time 2 - 4 p.m.

We'll plunge into a couple of traditional Scottish songs (maybe even one in Gadhlig) and learn a few things about traditional song and singing while we're at it.

Tots Time Tuesdays and Thursdays

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Tuesday, October 25, 2016

End Date Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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, October 26, 2016

End Date Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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.

Seniors' Day

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Thursday, October 27, 2016

End Date Thursday, October 27, 2016

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

Christmas and Greeting Card making Workshop with Jean Hoffmann

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Thursday, October 27, 2016

End Date Thursday, October 27, 2016

Time 2 - 4 p.m.

Materials included but bring any old cards that you would like to recycle and reuse or special paper. Also bring along any special buttons, ribbons or other notions that you would like to reuse and incorporate into your cards. Ages 16 and up.

Tots Time Tuesdays and Thursdays

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Thursday, October 27, 2016

End Date Thursday, October 27, 2016

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.

Ghost Walk

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Friday, October 28, 2016

End Date Friday, October 28, 2016

Time SOLD OUT

Put on your comfy walking shoes and join McDougall staffer, Joleen Taylor, as she takes us on a spooky nighttime adventure that looks at the history and hauntings of Galt. Participants are asked to dress for the weather and to bring a flashlight.

Barn Raising Exhibit Opening

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, October 29, 2016

End Date Saturday, October 29, 2016

Time 1 - 5 p.m.

Barn Raising Exhibit Opening opens with a talk on the history of rug hooking at 1 p.m. with past President of the KWRHG Guild, Susan Sutherland, who is an accredited Rug Hooking Teacher and member of the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild (OHCG). Enjoy light refreshments afterwards. All welcome. Free admission 1 to 5 p.m.

Halloween Party

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, October 29, 2016

End Date Saturday, October 29, 2016

Time 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Wear your scariest costume to a Halloween Party and be ready to have some fun! For ages up to 8 years old. Must be accompanied by an adult.

Sketching Out The Past

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, October 29, 2016

End Date Saturday, October 29, 2016

Time 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Learn the elements of art with a Schneider Haus Flair. This 6 week drawing course for beginners combines a love of history with the 7 basic elements of art: Line, Shape, Texture, Value, Space and form and colour.

Preserving the Harvest

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, October 29, 2016

End Date Sunday, October 30, 2016

Staff will be pickling and preserving the bounty of harvest. Learn about food preservation before the mason jar!

Kids in Kilts - Samhain (Hallowe'en) Fun

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Saturday, October 29, 2016

End Date Saturday, October 29, 2016

Time Drop in Between 1 - 4 p.m.

Join us for some fun and family friendly Hallowe’en activities. There’ll be Monster and Spider Wreath, Light-up Eyeball and Bat Decoration crafts, ‘neep (turnip) carving demos, toffee tasting and more. $3 per child; adults free.

K-W Silverstars: The Golden Age of Song

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, October 30, 2016

End Date Sunday, October 30, 2016

Time 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Join the K-W SILVER STARS as they recreate that era with a new show called The Golden Age of Song. The show will feature a live band, costumes from the era and a variety of songs and poetry that are sure to stir memories and emotions.

Sunday Family Fun Day: Scary Boo Fun

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, October 30, 2016

End Date Sunday, October 30, 2016

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

The Waterloo Region Museum is where the party is at!

Autumn Tartan Tea

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Sunday, October 30, 2016

End Date Sunday, October 30, 2016

Time 2 p.m.

Join us for one of McDougall’s ever popular Tartan Teas. Enjoy a traditional tea with sandwiches, sweets and more. Musician Brad McEwen (cittern) provides the musical mood. Reservations are required. Call to register for $15 plus HST.

Tots Time Tuesdays and Thursdays

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Tuesday, November 1, 2016

End Date Tuesday, November 1, 2016

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 Wednesday, November 2, 2016

End Date Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Time 7 - 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 guest host is Brad McEwen (cittern).

Tots Time Tuesdays and Thursdays

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Thursday, November 3, 2016

End Date Thursday, November 3, 2016

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.

Getting Ready for Winter

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, November 5, 2016

End Date Sunday, November 6, 2016

Find out how the Schneiders prepared for the cold winter months - from changing out their bedding to putting the garden to bed.

Christmas and Greeting Card making Workshop with Jean Hoffmann

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, November 5, 2016

End Date Saturday, November 5, 2016

Time 10 - 12 p.m.

Materials included but bring any old cards you would like to recycle and reuse or special paper. Also bring along any special buttons, ribbons or other notions that you would like to reuse and incorporate into your cards.

Workshop: Gifts in a Jar

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, November 5, 2016

End Date Saturday, November 5, 2016

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.

Sketching Out The Past

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, November 5, 2016

End Date Saturday, November 5, 2016

Time 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Learn the elements of art with a Schneider Haus Flair. This 6 week drawing course for beginners combines a love of history with the 7 basic elements of art: Line, Shape, Texture, Value, Space and form and colour.

Soul Cake Making Demonstration

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Saturday, November 5, 2016

End Date Saturday, November 5, 2016

Time Drop in between 1 - 4 p.m.

November 2 is All Soul’s Day – the day when Scots traditionally honour the souls of the faithful departed by baking Soul Cakes, or, as the Scots call them, “dirge loaves” – so we’ll be demonstrating how to make these sweet and spicy treats. Free recipes will be available for the taking.

JSH on the Go!

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Sunday, November 6, 2016

End Date Sunday, November 6, 2016

Time 1 - 5 p.m.

Visit Joseph Schneider Haus at the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery for Family Sunday, November 6, 1 to 5 p.m. Family Sunday has a $5 suggested donation per child.

Tots Time Tuesdays and Thursdays

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Tuesday, November 8, 2016

End Date Tuesday, November 8, 2016

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, November 9, 2016

End Date Wednesday, November 9, 2016

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, November 10, 2016

End Date Thursday, November 10, 2016

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.

Digging Up the Past with John MacDonald

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Thursday, November 10, 2016

End Date Thursday, November 10, 2016

Time 7 p.m.

Join Archaeologist John MacDonald as he leads us through a talk on archaeology of the area with a focus on his studies at RARE Charitable Reserve. RARE is a 900+ acres land reserve, in the Blair area of Cambridge, with 130 archaeological sites found so far which are significant enough to be registered with the Province of Ontario. They have even discovered a spear point that dates back 10,500 years. (raresites.org)

City On Edge TALK - Berlin to Kitchener and the First World War

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Friday, November 11, 2016

End Date Friday, November 11, 2016

Time 2 p.m.

Talk given by Geoff Hayes, University of Waterloo.

Traditional 19th Century Butchering, Sausage Making and Meat Preservation

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, November 12, 2016

End Date Sunday, November 13, 2016

Pennsylvania - German Style. November 12 & 13th. Butchers on-site on Saturday.

Workshop: Chocolate Lovers

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, November 12, 2016

End Date Saturday, November 12, 2016

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 Christmas.

Wreath Making Workshop

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Sunday, November 13, 2016

End Date Sunday, November 13, 2016

Time 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Create a new fall tradition for you and a friend - join us for a seasonal Wreath Making Workshop. We’ll be having tons of fun using a variety of greens fresh from Chassagne Farm (http://www.chassagne.ca/) to create a unique wreath that’s perfect for seasonal decorating. The technique we’ll be using is easy to master and since the frame is reusable, you’ll be able to create other seasonal wreaths that will be the envy of the neighbourhood.

Tots Time Tuesdays and Thursdays

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Tuesday, November 15, 2016

End Date Tuesday, November 15, 2016

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.

Afternoon Talk

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Wednesday, November 16, 2016

End Date Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Time 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Call to register for $5 plus HST.

Louis Riel: Student Education Program

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Wednesday, November 16, 2016

End Date Wednesday, November 16, 2016

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

A special education program that teaches students about the life of Louis Riel.

Tots Time Tuesdays and Thursdays

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Thursday, November 17, 2016

End Date Thursday, November 17, 2016

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.

P.D. Day Activities: Funky Junky

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Friday, November 18, 2016

End Date Friday, November 18, 2016

Time Drop in from 1 - 4 p.m.

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

PD Day Fun!

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Friday, November 18, 2016

End Date Friday, November 18, 2016

Time 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (village closes at 4 p.m.)

Visit to engage your children during their day away from school. Special seasonal and hands-on activities are scheduled throughout the day for children of all ages.

Teddy Bear's Night at the Museum

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Friday, November 18, 2016

End Date Friday, November 18, 2016

Time 6 to 8 p.m.

Children and their favourite stuffed animal are invited to a party! At the end of the evening kids will leave their stuffie for a sleepover at the museum. Then come back the next day to pick up your stuffie and see the pictures of all the adventures the stuffed toys had overnight. Appropriate for children up to 8 years old.

PD Day Fun!

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Friday, November 18, 2016

End Date Friday, November 18, 2016

Don't sit around your house all day, come visit ours! We'll have crafts, activities and fresh baked snacks to make it a memorable day out.

Tallow to Tapers

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, November 19, 2016

End Date Sunday, November 20, 2016

In an era before electricity or kerosene, thrifty housewives would transform animal fat into hundreds of dipped and moulded candles. Drop-in and dip your own candle to take home.

Traditional Rug Hooking Demo with KW Rug Hooking Guild

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, November 19, 2016

End Date Saturday, November 19, 2016

Time 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Hooking rugs to warm the floors or decorate walls has been part of the Canadian cultural mosaic since the mid 1800s. Items were created using burlap from seed or sugar bags, old clothing no longer wearable and torn into strips and hooked using a bent over nail. The same technique for pulling loops used centuries ago are still used today.

Workshop: Make Your Own Spa Supplies

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, November 19, 2016

End Date Saturday, November 19, 2016

Time 1:30 to 3 p.m.

In this workshop participants will learn how to make some simple yet luxurious homemade spa treatments - scented bath salts, natural body scrubs, an all natural cleanser.

Workshop: Plum Pudding

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, November 19, 2016

End Date Saturday, November 19, 2016

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

Join us in a 1914 kitchen to prepare plum pudding using a historic recipe. Experience the traditions around mixing, steaming, and serving of your Christmas pudding.

Child Workshop: Mug and Hot Chocolate Gifts for Christmas

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, November 19, 2016

End Date Saturday, November 19, 2016

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

During this fun workshop, each child will make three take-homes to make hot chocolate extra special during the chilly weather or they can use them as gifts at Christmas. For ages 6 to 10 years old.

Workshop: Evergreen Wreaths

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, November 19, 2016

End Date Saturday, November 19, 2016

Time 10 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Make your own evergreen wreath to start the holiday season! A wreath is great for hanging outside to welcome guests to your home.

Workshop: Christmas Ornament

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, November 20, 2016

End Date Sunday, November 20, 2016

Time 10:30 a.m. to Noon

The Friends of the Waterloo Region Museum are hosting a fundraising Christmas workshop. Learn how to create a sparkling Christmas ornament for your tree.

Family Workshop: Holiday Cards

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, November 20, 2016

End Date Sunday, November 20, 2016

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

The whole family can join us to make a dozen specialty cards, gift tags, and envelopes with guided demonstrations for 6 holiday card designs. All ages.

Homeschooler Village Christmas

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Monday, November 21, 2016

End Date Monday, November 21, 2016

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

Come and explore how various cultural groups celebrated Christmas in rural Waterloo County in 1914.

Afternoon Christmas Tea and Talk

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Tuesday, November 22, 2016

End Date Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Time 2 to 4 p.m.

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

Tots Time Tuesdays and Thursdays

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Tuesday, November 22, 2016

End Date Tuesday, November 22, 2016

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.

Concert: Where Have All the Flowers Gone? – The Best Songs of Folkies Passed

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Thursday, November 24, 2016

End Date Thursday, November 24, 2016

Time 7 to 9 p.m.

Please join gifted musicians Allison Lupton, Brad Nelson and Bob MacLean for a special evening of fantastic music honouring the work of some brilliant songsmiths whose work now lives on in the traditional realm.

Seniors' Day

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Thursday, November 24, 2016

End Date Thursday, November 24, 2016

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

Traditional Rug Hooking Demo with KW Rug Hooking Guild

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Thursday, November 24, 2016

End Date Thursday, November 24, 2016

Time 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Hooking rugs to warm the floors or decorate walls has been part of the Canadian cultural mosaic since the mid 1800s. Items were created using burlap from seeds or sugar bags, old clothing no longer wearable and torn into strips and hooked using a bent over nail. The same technique for pulling loops used centuries ago are still used today.

Kids in Kilts

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Saturday, November 26, 2016

End Date Saturday, November 26, 2016

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 months crafty kids will have tons of fun creating Graham Cracker Cottages.

Cookies and Pretzels

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, November 26, 2016

End Date Sunday, November 27, 2016

Traditional cookie baking and sampling! Taste and smell sandhearts, Lebkuchen and Pfeffernusse all weekend.

Make a Memory Potholder

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, November 26, 2016

End Date Saturday, November 26, 2016

Time 1 - 4 p.m.

For ages 12 and up. $20 per person, material included. Bring special fabric with you to incorporate into your memory potholder - your baby's first bib, or sleeper, your Dad's favourite neck tie - you get the idea!

St. Andrew's Day Tartan Tea

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Sunday, November 27, 2016

End Date Sunday, November 27, 2016

Time 2 p.m.

Join us for one of McDougall's ever popular Tartan Teas. Enjoy a traditional tea with sandwiches, sweets and more. Musicians Peter and Potter (Peter Light and Gwen Potter) provide the musical mood.

Monthly Kitchen Ceilidh

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Thursday, December 1, 2016

End Date Thursday, December 1, 2016

Time 7 - 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 guest host is Ed Koenig (guitar).

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 9:30 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 - 9:00 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, Lebkuchen and Pfeffernusse and traditional music in the historic Joseph Schneider Haus. This evening will also see the announcement of the 2016 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 8:30 p.m. (7 p.m. SOLD OUT!)

Step back in time to experience the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas in the early 20th century.

Family Fun Day

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, December 3, 2016

End Date Saturday, December 3, 2016

Time 12 - 4 p.m.

Join us to celebrate the holiday season. Make festive crafts and sample some seasonal treats!

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 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

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 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

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

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 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

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!

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.

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.