Kitchener/Waterloo Museums and Historic Sites

In the Kitchener Waterloo Region there are a few museums/ historic sites to have a look at throughout the year. Here are places for you to explore:

1. THEMUSEUM – more centered around kids and family fun, does have a cafe and allows rental for events – had my prom there.
2. Waterloo Region Museum – the largest community museum in Ontario. Showcases more than 12,000 years of history in Waterloo Region. The Waterloo Region Hall of Fame honouring individuals and groups who have brought recognition to themselves and Waterloo Region; and the Region of Waterloo Curatorial Centre – world-class artifact preservation and storage facility.
3. Doon Heritage Village – a 60 acre living history village, exploring life in rural Waterloo Region in the year 1914. The village is open daily throughout the summer season; and open weekdays only during the months of September, October and November. The village is open on selected weekends in December. The Waterloo Region Museum is the entrance to Doon Heritage Village. One admission price includes entry to the village and museum exhibit galleries.
4. Schneider Haus National Historic Site – A local landmark and Kitchener’s oldest dwelling, the 1816 homestead was restored and furnished, then opened as a living history museum in 1981. The heart of the complex is a fine Georgian-frame farmhouse that was built by and was home to the area’s earliest non-Aboriginal settlers, Joseph and wife Barbara Schneider, Pennsylvania-German Mennonites. Today, history comes to life as staff demonstrate traditional tasks in concert with the seasons. The modern interpretation wing hosts gallery exhibits, workshops and lectures.
5. Woodside National Historic Site – The boyhood home of William Lyon Mackenzie King, Canada’s tenth, and longest-serving Prime Minister. Set on 11.5 acres of mature forest, is a portal to the Victorian era in Canada.
6. Homer Watson House & Gallery – holds Homer Watson’s art, his home studio and gallery and the heritage of his life, his times and that of the Doon School of Fine Arts. Has instructional programs in the visual arts for the general public and curriculum-based school programming. Enrichment through special programs, events and activities.
7. Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery – they have critically-acclaimed exhibitions with an emphasis on Canadian artists, also exhibitions also support international artists.
8. City of Waterloo Museum – A vibrant heritage portal where visitors connect with Waterloo’s past.
9. The Fashion History Museum – Founded in 2004, became a federal non-profit corporation in 2008, and was granted charitable status by Canada Revenue Agency in March 2009. Nearly 10,000 garments and accessories dating from the 1660s to the present. Alongside historical dress, the museum is building a contemporary Canadian designer collection as well as a comprehensive library and archives of fashion-related publications and documents.

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