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About Us

The Waterloo Region Museum is a campus of museum facilities including:

  • the Waterloo Region Museum with interactive exhibits on the history and development of Waterloo Region
  • a 20 building living history village and two farms, interpreting rural Waterloo Region in 1914
  • a regional Hall of Fame recognizing individuals and groups for their accomplishments
  • and supporting artifact storage and preservation facilities.

All these facilities are located together within easy walking distance of each other on more than 60 acres in Kitchener, Ontario.

Our mission and vision

The Waterloo Region Museum reflects the development of Waterloo Region through time, showcasing community growth, prosperity, ingenuity and our connectedness to the world at large. We value and respect our obligation to act as storytellers and recorders of the community's history, aspirations, achievements and disappointments.

A new mission for the Waterloo Region Museum is currently under development, to better reflect the museum's expanded exhibition spaces.

Who funds the museum?

The Waterloo Region Museum is owned and operated by the Region of Waterloo and is managed through the Community Services Division of the Planning, Housing and Community Services Department.

The Region of Waterloo acknowledges and thanks the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Government of Ontario for its financial support through the Community Museum Operating Grant program.

Financial support for special operating projects and capital projects is frequently and generously provided by the Friends of Waterloo Region Museum.

Construction of the Waterloo Region Museum was supported by the Region of Waterloo, with additional funding from the Government of Canada through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.

Why is the museum located here?

The museum builds upon more than 50 years of development at Doon Heritage Village, which opened in 1957. Locating the museum here makes use of existing staff and building infrastructure. Most importantly, the Waterloo Region Curatorial Centre, the museum's storage and artifact preservation facility is already located on the property.

Environmentally Friendly

The museum has been designed to be a LEED® Silver facility, reflecting the Region of Waterloo's commitment to ensuring a healthy natural environment. LEED® - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design - is an international program that integrates environmental responsibility with innovative architectural design. Look for the LEED® interactive kiosk in the museum grand foyer to learn more about sustainable design in the museum.

Professional affiliations

The Waterloo Region Museum is proud to be a member of the following professional and trade associations:

  • American Association of Museums
  • Archives Association of Ontario
  • Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums
  • Attractions Ontario
  • Canadian Museums Association
  • Early American Industries Association
  • Midwest Open Air Museums Coordinating Council
  • Ontario Historical Society
  • Ontario Museum Association
  • Rare Breeds Canada
  • Waterloo Regional Tourism Marketing Corporation
  • Waterloo Wellington Museums and Galleries Network

The Friends of Waterloo Region Museum are proud to be a member of the Canadian Federation of Friends of Museums.

Community Services Committee, Region of Waterloo
  • Sean Strickland, Chair
  • Jane Mitchell, Vice-Chair
  • Les Armstrong
  • Jane Brewer
  • Todd Cowan
  • Doug Craig
  • Rob Deutschmann
  • Tom Galloway
  • Jean Haalboom
  • Brenda Halloran
  • Ross Kelterborn
  • Geoff Lorentz
  • Claudette Millar
  • Ken Seiling
  • Jim Wideman
  • Carl Zehr
Friends of Waterloo Region Museum Board of Directors
  • Shalagh Cassidy, President
  • Barbara Rice, Vice President
  • Bonnie Street, Treasurer
  • Kelly Smith, Secretary
  • Alison Jackson, Past President
  • Kim Rambaldini
  • Richard Deckert
  • Mark Kerr
  • Warren Stauch
  • Karen Oddson
Waterloo Region Hall of Fame Board of Governors

  • Brian Hunsberger, Chair
  • Edwin Laryea, Vice Chair
  • John Thompson, Past Chair
  • Ab Martin, Treasurer
  • Paul Arrowsmith
  • Neil "Bernie" Burnett
  • Don Cameron
  • Lee Griffin
  • Glenna Heggie
  • Alison Jackson
  • Larry Margetts
  • Warren Stauch
Job Opportunities

Museum jobs are diverse and range from costumed interpreters, to exhibit designers, from event planners to conservators. Each position carries its own unique requirements regarding education and experience.

The Waterloo Region Museum occasionally has job opportunities. Available positions are posted on the Region of Waterloo website at www.region.waterloo.on.ca - look for Job Opportunities. We ask that you apply on-line.

If you do not see a job posting in your area of interest, the Region of Waterloo does not accept unsolicited resumes for consideration. Please note we will only contact those candidates who best fit the needs of open positions.

University and college students looking for employment, please note that summer positions are usually posted in January or early February. In addition to summer positions, students are also hired for the fall and winter semesters.

Internships

The Waterloo Region Museum welcomes applications for unpaid internships from museum studies students and other university and college students who are required to complete a work placement as part of their educational program. Please send a letter of interest and resume to the museum's Manager/Curator (Tom Reitz).

Community Support

The Waterloo Region Museum is committed to assisting the fundraising efforts of charitable organizations and community groups wherever possible. In most instances, donations are in the form of complimentary passes for regular museum admission.

All donation requests must include the following:

  • Organization Name
  • Contact Name
  • Phone Number
  • Return Address
  • Event Date
  • Brief Event Description
  • Organization Charitable Number (if available)


Donation Terms and Conditions:

Should your charitable organization or community group qualify for a donation, the following terms and conditions will apply:

  1. All donation requests must be received 2 months prior to the event date.
  2. The Waterloo Region Museum reserves the right to decline requests should the organization or the fund raising event have the potential to harm the reputation of the museum or the Region of Waterloo.
  3. Each charitable organization or community group will only be eligible to receive one donation per calendar year.
  4. Cash donations will not be provided by Waterloo Region Museum.


Please submit your request in writing or by email to Sean Jasmins, Supervisor of Marketing and Communication.