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 April 20 to 26.

Daily activity schedule for April 27 to May 3.

Ocean Bound!

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Friday, January 30, 2015

End Date Sunday, May 10, 2015

Time Regular Hours

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!

Tots Time - Tuesdays and Thursdays

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Tuesday, March 24, 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.

2015 Wee Quilt Challenge

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Friday, April 10, 2015

End Date Sunday, July 5, 2015

Exhibit runs April 10- July 5. 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!

Seniors’ Day

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Thursday, April 30, 2015

End Date Thursday, April 30, 2015

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

Doon Heritage Village Season Opening

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Friday, May 1, 2015

End Date Friday, May 1, 2015

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

Visit our picturesque 60-acre living history village that showcases what life was like in Waterloo Region in the year 1914.

The Wash House Opening Weekend

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, May 2, 2015

End Date Sunday, May 3, 2015

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

The Schneider family Wash House will be humming with activity all weekend. Staff demonstrate spinning, traditional wool dyeing and open hearth cooking. Learn to pick and card wool. On Saturday visit with our Waterloo 4H friends and their sheep.

John Galt's Birthday

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Saturday, May 2, 2015

End Date Saturday, May 2, 2015

Time 1 to 3 p.m. drop in anytime

Join us for cake and tea to celebrate the birthday of the Scottish author the City of Galt was named after.

Dig In - Food Bank Day

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, May 2, 2015

End Date Saturday, May 2, 2015

Time 9:30 to 5 p.m.

A fundraiser for the Food Bank of Waterloo Region. Free admission with a food or cash donation.

Fused Glass Pendant for Mom

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, May 2, 2015

End Date Saturday, May 2, 2015

Time drop-in session 1 to 4 p.m.

Mother’s Day: Fused Glass Pendant for Mom Saturday, May 2, drop-in session from 1 to 4 p.m. Ages 6 to 96, two pendants for $30, plus HST.

The Walk so Kids Can Talk

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, May 3, 2015

End Date Sunday, May 3, 2015

Time Registration: 8:30 a.m.

An annual fundraising walk in support of the Kids Help Phone.

Quilting Activities

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Wednesday, May 6, 2015

End Date Thursday, May 28, 2015

Come see an array of quilts going to the New Hamburg Mennonite Central Committee Relief Sale and Quilt Auction.

All About Undertaking: Funeral Businesses and Practices in Waterloo County

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Wednesday, May 6, 2015

End Date Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Time 7 p.m.

Author and local historian Marion Roes discusses death and burial practices from mid-1800s to mid-1900s, and the histories of the people who have made a career of providing those services.

TALK: Container Gardening

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Wednesday, May 6, 2015

End Date Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Time 7 p.m

Join experts from the Kitchener Master Gardeners for an informative and instructive lecture. $5 per person plus HST. Call to register.

Ceilidh

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Thursday, May 7, 2015

End Date Thursday, May 7, 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 featuring U.K. musicians Richard Arrowsmith and Jo Maher.

Evening Concert with Richard Arrowsmith and Jo Maher

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Thursday, May 7, 2015

End Date Thursday, May 7, 2015

Time 7 to 9 p.m.

A fabulous evening concert featuring these U.K. musicians known for their dynamic interpretations of traditional material.

Kids in Kilts

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Saturday, May 9, 2015

End Date Saturday, May 9, 2015

Time Drop in between 1 and 4 p.m.

Children are invited to create a fun Bubble Wand craft. $3 per child. Ages three and up.

Workshop: Preparing to Garden

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, May 9, 2015

End Date Saturday, May 9, 2015

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

Novice gardeners learn all there is to know about starting a garden.

May Day Dancing and Fun

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Saturday, May 9, 2015

End Date Saturday, May 9, 2015

Time 1 to 4 p.m.

Entertainment by the Oakville Ale and Sword and Forest City Morris dance troupes and musical duo Hunter’s Corners.

Last Weekend of Ocean Bound

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, May 9, 2015

End Date Sunday, May 10, 2015

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

This is the final weekend to visit our feature exhibit Ocean Bound!

Mother's Day Tartan Teas

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Sunday, May 10, 2015

End Date Sunday, May 10, 2015

Time 1 and 3 p.m.

Enjoy a traditional tea with sandwiches, sweets and more. Music by Bob MacLean (Celtic guitar/vocals) $15 per person plus HST. Advance registration required.

Scraps and Schnibbles

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, May 16, 2015

End Date Sunday, May 17, 2015

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

The Schneider family recycled nearly everything, every bit of fabric was used up in quilts, pot holders and Schnibble mats.

Heritage Plant Sale

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, May 16, 2015

End Date Saturday, May 16, 2015

Time 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or while supply lasts)

The Friends of Waterloo Region Museum hold their 18th Annual Heritage Plant Sale. A selection of the flower and vegetable varieties found in the village heritage gardens will be available for purchase while supplies last.

TALK: The Joy of Lavender

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Wednesday, May 20, 2015

End Date Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Time 7 p.m.

Joy Magwood shares the secrets of growing, harvesting and utilizing this sweetly scented and very versatile herb.

Kitchener Hearing & Health Expo

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Wednesday, May 20, 2015

End Date Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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

Arnold Hearing is offering a FREE Expo on everything you need to know about hearing loss, general health and wellness, & more!

Quilting Activities

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, May 23, 2015

End Date Sunday, June 7, 2015

Quilting demonstrations by Mennonite quilters and Waterloo County Quilting Guild members. Costumed staff quilt bonnets and petticoats.

2015 Quilt Block Contest Entry

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, May 23, 2015

End Date Saturday, May 23, 2015

Come see our winning quilt blocks stitched into place during our annual Quilting Bee. Winner Announcement – 4 p.m.

Workshop: Watercolour Landscapes

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Saturday, May 23, 2015

End Date Saturday, May 23, 2015

Time 1 to 4 p.m.

Artist, Tiina Price shares techniques for painting landscapes. The cost is $25 per person plus HST. Space is limited. Please call to register. All levels welcome.

Waterloo Wellington Children's Groundwater Festival

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Monday, May 25, 2015

End Date Friday, May 29, 2015

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

An educational event that features interactive activities, demonstrations and displays. Regular admission rates apply to general public.

Wee Quilt Artists’ Reception

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Wednesday, May 27, 2015

End Date Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Time 4 to 6 p.m.

Celebrate the quilters/contributors of the 2015 Wee Quilts. Cast a vote!

Seniors’ Day

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Thursday, May 28, 2015

End Date Thursday, May 28, 2015

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

Fiddle Pibroch vs. Bagpipe

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Thursday, May 28, 2015

End Date Thursday, May 28, 2015

Time 7 p.m.

Dave and Ed Neigh compare and explore fiddle pibroch to bagpipe traditions.

PD Day Activities: Soil Secrets

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Friday, May 29, 2015

End Date Friday, May 29, 2015

Time 1 to 4 p.m.

Children enjoy fun games and crafts. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $5 per child plus HST.

Re-claimed Pallet Planter workshop with Jebb’s Reclaimed Wood Products

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, May 30, 2015

End Date Saturday, May 30, 2015

Time 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1 to 3 p.m.

Make your own planter from re-claimed wood. No experience necessary! Children can make a re-claimed wood sign while Mom or Dad makes a planter. $25 plus HST. Ages five and up.

EcoFest

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, May 30, 2015

End Date Saturday, May 30, 2015

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

A FREE and fun filled day to celebrate our environment and showcase ways to reduce our footprint one step at a time.

Talk: Growing Roses Successfully

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Wednesday, June 3, 2015

End Date Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Time 7 p.m.

Join rose expert Roland Craig to learn all about how to grow the best roses possible. Roland has been growing roses for 16 years and has 600 varieties.

Ceilidh

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Thursday, June 4, 2015

End Date Thursday, June 4, 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 Allison Lupton (flute/vocals).

Paint the Grand

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Sunday, June 7, 2015

End Date Sunday, June 7, 2015

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

Take a stroll along the Grand to observe and chat with the talented artists of Paint the Grand as they create their masterpieces in support of The Friends of McDougall Cottage’s annual Musician-in-Residence program.

Seniors' Day

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Wednesday, June 10, 2015

End Date Wednesday, June 10, 2015

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

Anyone who is 55 years of age and older is invited to explore the museum galleries and stroll the picturesque Doon Heritage Village free of charge on Seniors' Day.

Talk: Galt 100 Years Later

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Thursday, June 11, 2015

End Date Thursday, June 11, 2015

Time 7 to 9 p.m.

Galt obtained City status on June 1, 1915. To celebrate this milestone we take a look back at what life would have been like in 1915 Galt with our in-house expert Joleen Taylor and special guest Lynn Griggs, Corporate Records Archives Technician, City of Cambridge Archives and items from their collections. $5 per person plus HST. Please call to register.

Blacksmith Hammer In

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, June 13, 2015

End Date Saturday, June 13, 2015

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

Watch as blacksmith artists from the Ontario Artist Blacksmith Association demonstrate their skills and talent creating art with the tools of their trade.

Exhibit - People on the Move

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, June 13, 2015

End Date Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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

A lobby exhibit that tells the human stories of migrants as they move from one place to another. Presented by the Mennonite Central Committee in conjunction with World Refugee Day.

Fascinating Furniture

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, June 13, 2015

End Date Saturday, June 13, 2015

Time 10 a.m. to noon

Whether from an antique market or a downtown boutique, the furnishings in our home tell a story. Join us as Conestoga College’s Camelia Imrie talks about tables, chairs, and more.

Fiddle Workshop

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Sunday, June 14, 2015

End Date Sunday, June 14, 2015

Time 12:30 to 3 p.m.

Learn traditional Scottish fiddle music. $25 plus HST. Call to register.

TALK: The Kitchen Herb Garden

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Wednesday, June 17, 2015

End Date Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Time 7p.m.

A kitchen herb garden is one of the easiest and most useful gardens you can grow.

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.

Let’s Clay!

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, June 20, 2015

End Date Saturday, June 20, 2015

Time 1 to 4 p.m.

Local potter and former Folk Artistin- Residence Rosemary Aicher demonstrates working on a potter’s wheel. Try it for yourself!

Father's Day Craft Beer Festival

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, June 21, 2015

End Date Sunday, June 21, 2015

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

Sample beer from local craft breweries at this special festival that takes place in Doon Heritage Village, then visit BEER! The Exhibit in our feature exhibit gallery located in the museum.

Summer Walking Tours

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Thursday, June 25, 2015

End Date Thursday, June 25, 2015

Time 6:30 p.m.

Galt’s Industrial Living Legacy Take a stroll with McDougall staffer, Joleen Taylor along both sides of the Grand River and enjoy historical residential, commercial and industrial architecture. Learn why Galt was once referred to as the “Manchester of Canada” and explore the recent flood control measures that protect our industrial heritage and parks. $10 per person plus HST. Please call to register.

Lecture with rych mills: Trek from Pennsylvania to Little Berlin

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Thursday, June 25, 2015

End Date Thursday, June 25, 2015

Time 7 p.m.

Guest Speaker rych mills takes us on a journey through the eyes of a child, exploring the trials and tribulations of the early settlers’ trek to the Grand River Valley.

Immigration and Early Settlement

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, June 27, 2015

End Date Sunday, June 28, 2015

See what life was like for the first families to immigrate to the wilderness of Upper Canada. Demonstrations of activities associated with early settlement, including dressing timbers, fashioning shingles and tree nails, and cooking over an open fire.

Stories of Immigration with Derek Brisland

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, June 27, 2015

End Date Saturday, June 27, 2015

Time 1 to 3 p.m.

Waterloo Region is rich in stories of early settlers. Storyteller Derek Brisland shares stories from that heritage, including those of the Schneider family, and others from farther afield. Musical accompaniment and immigration songs by Michael Kelly Cavan.

Canada Day Celebration

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Wednesday, July 1, 2015

End Date Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Time noon to 5 p.m.

Visit and celebrate Canada’s birthday. Enjoy refreshments.

Canada Day Celebration

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Wednesday, July 1, 2015

End Date Wednesday, July 1, 2015

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

Waterloo Region Museum is throwing a party to celebrate Canada Day and you're invited! Admission is FREE.

Canada Day

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Wednesday, July 1, 2015

End Date Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Celebrate Canada Day and the arrival of Joseph Schneider and his family to this area in 1807. Birthday cake at 2 p.m. Free admission!

Ceilidh

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Thursday, July 2, 2015

End Date Thursday, July 2, 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.

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.

History Under the Trees

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, July 4, 2015

End Date Saturday, July 4, 2015

Time 1 to 4 p.m.

Enjoy an engaging presentation by rych mills of the Waterloo Historical Society in the picturesque setting of Doon Heritage Village.

Piping Down the Sun

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Sunday, July 5, 2015

End Date Sunday, July 5, 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.

July 5 – Piper from the Cambridge and District Pipe Band.

Summer Music Series: The Haret

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, July 5, 2015

End Date Sunday, July 5, 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 The Haret.

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.

Walking Tour Series: Mr. Schneider’s Neighbourhood

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Thursday, July 9, 2015

End Date Thursday, July 9, 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.

Piping Down the Sun

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Sunday, July 12, 2015

End Date Sunday, July 12, 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.

July 12, August 2 and 30 – Jim MacPherson.

Summer Music Series: Hunters Corners

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, July 12, 2015

End Date Sunday, July 12, 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 Hunters Corners.

St. Swithin’s Day Contest

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Wednesday, July 15, 2015

End Date Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Visit the Cottage and correctly guess the number of days we’ll have rain between July 15 and August 23.

TALK: “Fore!” Improving your Golf Performance

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Thursday, July 16, 2015

End Date Thursday, July 16, 2015

Time 7 p.m.

Whistle Bear Golf Club pros share tips and tricks. $5 per person plus HST. Call to register.

Storytelling Workshop with Derek Brisland

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Thursday, July 16, 2015

End Date Thursday, July 16, 2015

Time 1 to 3 p.m.

This workshop looks at the oral tradition and variations of stories. Participants can share their own stories. High School age and up. Pre-registration required. $20 plus HST per person.

Cambridge Highland Games

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Saturday, July 18, 2015

End Date Saturday, July 18, 2015

Experience competitions, Highland dancers, pipe bands, and Celtic music. Visit our booth.

How Does your Garden Grow?

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, July 18, 2015

End Date Saturday, July 18, 2015

Time 1 to 2 p.m.

Join Susan Broughton from All Things Tea as she unearths the delights of an herb garden, from remedies to supplements and teas.

Piping Down the Sun

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Sunday, July 19, 2015

End Date Sunday, July 19, 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. July 19, August 16 and 23 – Andrew Huxley Osborne.

Summer Music Series: MacCairley and Maclean

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, July 19, 2015

End Date Sunday, July 19, 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 MacCairley and Maclean.

Summer Walking Tours

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Wednesday, July 22, 2015

End Date Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Time 9 to 11 a.m.

Galt's East Hill

Join Joleen Taylor on this historical walking tour as we head to Galt’s east hill area.

Natural Remedies from Today and Yesterday

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Thursday, July 23, 2015

End Date Thursday, July 23, 2015

Time 1 to 3 p.m.

Join staff and local Homeopath Tracy Poizner, to uncover the hidden healing properties of the plants around us.

Workshop: Faerie Houses for the Garden

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Saturday, July 25, 2015

End Date Saturday, July 25, 2015

Time 2 to 4 p.m.

Create a miniature faerie house for your garden. $25 per person plus HST. Advance registration required. For adults and children nine and up.

Piping Down the Sun

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Sunday, July 26, 2015

End Date Sunday, July 26, 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. July 26 and August 9 – Angus Sutherland.

Summer Walking Tours

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Sunday, July 26, 2015

End Date Sunday, July 26, 2015

Time 2 to 4 p.m.

Downtown Galt hosted by Heritage Cambridge July 26 and August 30

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

Summer Music Series: Mary Humphries and Anahata

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, July 26, 2015

End Date Sunday, July 26, 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 Mary Humphries and Anahata.