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Waterloo Region Museum has two exhibit galleries. A main gallery that tells the story of Waterloo Region and a feature gallery that showcases local and travelling exhibits from around the world.  

Main Gallery Exhibit
What Makes Us Who We Are?

Our main exhibit gallery traces the 12,000 year human history of Waterloo Region, from First Nation's peoples, to European settlement at the start of the 1800s, to the manufacturing heydays of the 1900s, to the high tech sector boom of recent years.

Visitors will discover the reasons why people from around the world have immigrated to this region of Canada - whether they came for love, education, a better life, a new job or to find freedom. 


Feature Gallery Exhibit
In The Dark  - Now Open!
On exhibit to May 8.

Be immersed in a world of darkness! Visitors of all ages can explore life that exists on our planet with little or no light. 

  • What thrives beneath the soil, under the sea, in the shadows of night and within other dark environments?
  • Surround yourself with the sights, sounds, smells and sensations of dark ecosystems and “see” into worlds that you will never really see with your own eyes.
  • Explore the ecosystems and animals that exist in the absence of light – they are truly incredible!  Their adaptations are the basis of modern technology that allows humans to function in darkness.
  • Families with children of all ages will find lots of fun and educational activities.
  • Enjoy interactive activities like the pit viper game, bat echolocation, and flashers of the night – a firefly matching test.