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 13 to 19.
Daily activity schedule for April 20 to 26.

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!

Earth Day Weekend

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Friday, April 17, 2015

End Date Sunday, April 19, 2015

Join us to celebrate Earth Day with ongoing and specially scheduled activities. Make crafts, test your detective skills, play games, and explore our featured exhibit, Ocean Bound!

Tartan Tea

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Sunday, April 19, 2015

End Date Sunday, April 19, 2015

Time 2 p.m.

Enjoy a traditional tea with scones, sandwiches and more! Musical guests Wayne Cheater and Jakki Annerino entertain. Teas begin at 2 p.m. $15/person + HST. Please call ahead to reserve.

Ocean Bound Water Talk

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Monday, April 20, 2015

End Date Monday, April 20, 2015

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

Dave Shultz - Learn about the role the Grand River Conservation Authority plays in protecting and managing our most precious resource, water.

Scottish Music Night

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Thursday, April 23, 2015

End Date Thursday, April 23, 2015

Time 7 p.m.

New performer. Join multi-talented musician Mark Fletcher for a fabulous evening of traditional Scottish fiddle music and song.

Kids in Kilts

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Saturday, April 25, 2015

End Date Saturday, April 25, 2015

Time 1 to 4 p.m.

Today's craft is Repurposed Wreaths and Bug Decorations. One Saturday afternoon each month, children ages three and up are invited to create a fun seasonal or Scottish inspired crafts. Suggested donation is $3. Adults free.

Plant a Seed

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, April 25, 2015

End Date Sunday, April 26, 2015

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

Learn all about seed collecting, sharing and planting from our guest from Waterloo 4H. Plant a seed to take home.

Plant a Seed

Location Joseph Schneider Haus

Start Date Saturday, April 25, 2015

End Date Saturday, April 25, 2015

Time drop-in 1 to 4 p.m.

Meet Horticulturalist Karolyn Fournier and learn all about seeds and planting.

WORKSHOP: Painted Miniature Scottish Thistle

Location McDougall Cottage

Start Date Sunday, April 26, 2015

End Date Sunday, April 26, 2015

Time 1 to 4 p.m.

Create a stunning painted watercolour miniature of a Scottish thistle under the guidance of expert miniature painter, Debbie Thompson Wilson. $35/person + HST. Call to register. All levels welcome.

Waterloo Region Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Location Waterloo Region Museum

Start Date Sunday, April 26, 2015

End Date Sunday, April 26, 2015

Time 2 p.m.

Community members and groups are inducted into the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame

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 Saturday, May 16, 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. $5 per person plus HST. Make a sachet to take away $3 (small) or $8 (large). Advance registration required.

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. $25 per person plus HST. Space is limited. 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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.