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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

WHY WE MATTER: THE IMPORTANCE OF THE MUSEUM PROGRAM

The Region of Waterloo Museums positively impact the quality of life in Waterloo Region by contributing to the development of engaged and inspired citizens.

WHAT WE DO: VISION

As centres of discovery and learning, the Region of Waterloo Museums are essential to understanding our collective place in the world – past, present and future. We inspire feelings of pride and possibility in the community and foster a sense of identity and belonging among citizens.

HOW WE DO IT: MISSION

We collect, preserve and share places, artifacts and stories of cultural significance in Waterloo Region so we can engage citizens and build a cohesive community through mutual learning, discovery and exchange.

HOW WE WORK: VALUES

Region of Waterloo Museums staff share the Region of Waterloo Values of Service, Integrity, Respect, Innovation and Collaboration.

HOW WE WORK: GUIDING PRINCIPLES

In everything we do, Region of Waterloo Museums strive for:

  • AUTHENTICITY in our restorations, interpretation and exhibits;
  • SCHOLARLY and PROFESSIONAL INTEGRITY in our research and content;
  • LIFE-LONG LEARNING and EDUCATION for our visitors and our staff;
  • PUBLIC and SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT through living history, exhibits, educational programs, community partnerships and volunteer contributions;
  • STEWARDSHIP that utilizes best practices in building preservation; environmental sustainability; and collections development, management and preservation;
  • QUALITY programming, exhibits and service excellence;
  • INTERACTIONS WITH VISITORS with emphasis on inclusivity and informality, and
  • EXCEEDING STANDARDS for community museums in all aspects of operations.

 

Who funds the museum?

The Waterloo Region Museum is owned and operated by the Region of Waterloo and is managed through the Cultural Services Division of the Planning, Development and Legislative 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 Alliance 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

 

Regional Council , Region of Waterloo

  • Ken Seiling, Regional Chair
  • Doug Craig (Mayor)
  • Helen Jowett
  • Karl Kiefer
  • Berry Vrbanovic (Mayor)
  • Elizabeth Clarke
  • Tom Galloway
  • Geoff Lorentz
  • Karen Redman
  • Dave Jaworsky (Mayor)
  • Jane Mitchell
  • Sean Strickland
  • Sue Foxton (Mayor)
  • Joe Nowak (Mayor)
  • Les Armstrong (Mayor)
  • Sandy Shantz (Mayor) 
Friends of Waterloo Region Museum Board of Directors
  • Jennifer Murray, President
  • Richard Deckert, Vice President
  • Susan Robertson, Treasurer
  • Kelly Smith, Secretary
  • Shalagh Cassidy, Past President
  • Ben Benninger
  • Alison Jackson
  • Mark Kerr
  • Kim Rambaldini
  • Barbara Rice
  • Warren Stauch
Waterloo Region Hall of Fame Board of Governors (2016-2017)
  • Brian Hunsberger, Chair (to April 30, 2017)
  • Alison Jackson, Chair (effective May 1, 2017)
  • Ab Martin - Treasurer
  • Warren Stauch, Secretary
  • Neil "Bernie" Burnett
  • Kate Cressman
  • Brian Fedy
  • Glenna Heggie
  • Larry Margetts
  • Marilyn Sararus
  • Kathryn Tarrant
  • Erica Tucker
  • 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. University and college students looking for employment, please note that summer positions for students in 2016 will be posted on the Region of Waterloo website from January 25 to February 5, 2016.

In addition to summer positions, students are also hired for the fall and winter semesters. We also hire co-op students for each semester - check with your campus co-op recruitment office for positions at the Waterloo Region Museum.

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. 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: All donation requests must be received 2 months prior to the event date. 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.

Each charitable organization or community group will only be eligible to receive one donation per calendar year. 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 Partnerships.