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 June 29 to July 5

Daily activity schedule for July 6 to 12


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.

Mid-week Tartan Tea

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Wednesday, July 8, 2015

End Date Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Time 2 p.m.

Enjoy a traditional tea with sandwiches, sweets and more.

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.

Baby Farm Animals Weekend!

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, July 11, 2015

End Date Sunday, July 12, 2015

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

Join us and celebrate all of the baby farm animals that live in Doon Heritage Village. Explore our living history village and meet baby lambs, goats, chickens, turkeys and more! Fun for all ages.

Kids in Kilts: Bee Mobiles

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Saturday, July 11, 2015

End Date Saturday, July 11, 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.

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.

Sunday Family Fun Days!

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, July 12, 2015

End Date Sunday, July 12, 2015

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

Hymn Music in the Freeport Church

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, July 12, 2015

End Date Sunday, July 12, 2015

Time 1:30 – 3 p.m.

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

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.

Sunday Family Fun Days!

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, July 19, 2015

End Date Sunday, July 19, 2015

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

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.

Love of Books Weekend!

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Saturday, July 25, 2015

End Date Sunday, July 26, 2015

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

In celebration of International Book Day! Enjoy storytelling and make your own books! All ages.

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.

Hymn Music in the Freeport Church

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, July 26, 2015

End Date Sunday, July 26, 2015

Time 1:30 – 3 p.m.

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

Summer Music Series: Mary Humphreys 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 Humphreys and Anahata.

Sunday Family Fun Days!

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, July 26, 2015

End Date Sunday, July 26, 2015

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

Brilliantly Built

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Tuesday, July 28, 2015

End Date Tuesday, July 28, 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.

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 – 3 p.m.

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

Summer Music Series: Conor Gains

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 Conor Gains.

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.

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 – 3 p.m.

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

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.

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 – 3 p.m.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.