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Waterloo Region Museum

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Address: 10 Huron Rd, Kitchener, Ontario N2P 2R7, Canada (Formerly Doon Heritage Crossroads)
Phone Number:
+1 519-748-1914
Today
09:30 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 09:30 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Waterloo Region Museum is the largest community museum in Ontario. Our...

Waterloo Region Museum is the largest community museum in Ontario. Our campus of historical attractions includes the Waterloo Region Museum which showcases more than 12,000 years of history in Waterloo Region; Doon Heritage Village - a recreation of rural village in 1914, with more than 20 historic buildings, costumed interpreters and farm animals; 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 - our world class artifact preservation and storage facility. The Waterloo Region Museum and the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame are open year round. Doon Heritage Village is open seasonally from May 1 through December 23. The public hours for the museum and village are different at some times of the year.

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Fun visit during Christmas holidays

I came here with my 3 kiddos (aged 5 - 9) during the Christmas holidays. They had various activities going on for the kids. We saw 2 presentations with Professor Beaker, in one... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Soucky
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Kitchener, Canada
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Kitchener, Canada
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I came here with my 3 kiddos (aged 5 - 9) during the Christmas holidays. They had various activities going on for the kids. We saw 2 presentations with Professor Beaker, in one they extracted DNA from grapes and in the other they saw Elephant toothpaste. The kids also got to do a scavenger hunt as we walked through the... More 

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Kitchener, Canada
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84 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

An excellent history of Waterloo region. Many displays and demonstrations for all age groups. There is theater that shows a great history of the area.

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Waterloo, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I went to the Waterloo Region Museum in part because I was curious about the architecture. The building is bright and modern. The exhibit (history of Berlin-Kitchener) was set up well and there was a lot to read and learn. Really enjoyed my visit and would definitely return!

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KITCHENER
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took my family there for a fun afternoon on a beautiful spring day. It is enjoyable to walk through the Pioneer village and speak to staff and gain a historical perspective of life at that time. The museum was also interesting but as the day was beautiful, we preferred to linger in the village.

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Waterloo, Canada
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19 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is always a fun place ot visit with your family: it's educational, open with heritage homes and furniture. During the summer they have lots of great activities for the kids like fishing, old school washboard laundry etc. The kids love to run around on the 60 acres of property and see all the animals and heritage homes ... experiencing... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

I attended the "Doon By Lantern Light Tour" on Friday night. We books all 80 tickets for the 7:00 tour as a social event for our employees and their families. There was fresh fallen snow and snow in the air it was the perfect night. I received lots of great feedback from those that attended. This is the third time... More 

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Tom R, Manager at Waterloo Region Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for joining us for the Doon by Lantern Light Tours. Christmas is a very special time in the village. And yes, tickets to the museum's evening Christmas programs sell out very fast. In 2016, Starry Night tickets sold out in 24 hours, and Lantern Light Tours sold out in about three weeks. Tickets go on sale the morning... More 

Kitchener, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

This is an amazing venue to visit and tour their exhibits. It is also great if you are looking for a venue to host a reception or charity event with its huge foyer, and if needed a small theatre for presentations. Lots of parking and space to hold your event.

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Thank Gary S
Tom R, Manager at Waterloo Region Museum, responded to this review

Gary - thank you for your wonderful review and comments about the Waterloo Region Museum. When the museum was planned, the community said that they wanted a new museum to be a community centre - where people would gather for all kinds of events. So we're pleased to host weddings, corporate functions, book launches, conventions and much more! Regards, Tom... More 

Lindsay, Ontario
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118 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

We attended a reception for a conference at this venue, and had the opportunity to view the museum as well. It is a beautiful, well lit building, with beautiful grounds. It also has a gift shop full of unusual and interesting gift ideas. On the day we were there, the sun was beaming in through the expansive windows, and everything... More 

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Tom R, Manager at Waterloo Region Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review of the Waterloo Region Museum! The museum hosts conferences, corporate functions, weddings, community fund raising events and lots more throughout the year. I'm pleased to know that you were able to experience everything we have to offer. Regards, Tom Manager/Curator More 

Toronto
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

This museum and the small turn of the 20th century village traces the history from the First Nations , to pioneering days, through the industries like button making and shoes. And the old general store , blacksmith shop in the village have people in period costumes who fo stuff. Great for 6 years old kids and older. And for adults... More 

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Tom R, Manager at Waterloo Region Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Waterloo Region Museum and Doon Heritage Village. That's a great review of what we present to our visitors. I just walked through the museum's lobby and there are dozens of children and their parents participating in Tots Time - so we do offer programs for smaller children too. Thank you again for visiting. Regards, Tom... More 

Kitchener, Ontario
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

I grew up here and still I learned so much. The exhibits on K/W's history are amazing and beautiful. I was truly blown away. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 out of 5 was I found an temporary exhibit to be somewhat underwhelming. That said, it has already changed and I have not seen the new one... More 

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Tom R, Manager at Waterloo Region Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Waterloo Region Museum. I'm pleased to know that even though you grew up in the community, that we were able to share with you things that you didn't know. Each temporary exhibit at the museum targets a different audience. Our winter exhibit, from February through April, is traditionally an exhibit that we rent from another... More 

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