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Upcoming Events

Village and Museum Daily Activities

Start Date Thursday, January 1, 2015

End Date Sunday, January 31, 2016

Time Regular Hours

Engaging and fun activities for the whole family are scheduled at the Waterloo Region Museum and Doon Heritage Village every day!


Daily activity schedule for August 24 to 30

Special Summer Activities!

BEER! The Exhibit

Start Date Friday, June 19, 2015

End Date Sunday, January 3, 2016

Time Regular Hours

Discover the history of brewing, and the selling and consuming of beer in Canada, with a focus on over 175 years of brewing tradition in Waterloo Region.

Apple-iscious Weekend

Start Date Saturday, August 29, 2015

End Date Sunday, August 30, 2015

Time 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

As the summer season comes to an end, it's time to bring in the apples! Join our staff to try some of the delicious things you can make with apples, learn how to make cider, or what kind of care goes into growing your own apples.

Hymn Music in the Freeport Church

Start Date Sunday, August 30, 2015

End Date Sunday, August 30, 2015

Time 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Join the Waterloo Region Museum's volunteer Heritage Singers in the Freeport Church for some hymn singing.

Summer Music Series: Sean Pinchin

Start Date Sunday, August 30, 2015

End Date Sunday, August 30, 2015

Time 1 to 3 p.m.

Summer Music Series: Join us Sunday afternoons in July and August as we play host to a local artist or group who will entertain visitors with music and song.

This week's featured artist is Sean Pinchin.

Sunday Family Fun Days!

Start Date Sunday, August 30, 2015

End Date Sunday, August 30, 2015

Spend your Sunday with us! Enjoy hand-on activities, music and horse-drawn wagon rides!

Tickets On Sale Date - Doon By Lantern Light Tours and Starry Night

Start Date Tuesday, September 8, 2015

End Date Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Time 9 a.m.

Purchase Doon By Lantern Light Tours and Starry Night tickets today - while supplies last.

Tots Time - Tuesdays and Thursdays

Start Date Tuesday, September 8, 2015

End Date Thursday, November 19, 2015

Time 10 to 11 a.m.

Join us on Tuesday and Thursdays for an engaging program for children ages 2 to 5.

Seniors' Day

Start Date Wednesday, September 9, 2015

End Date Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Time 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A FREE special day for seniors 55 years of age and older featuring garden tours, live musical entertainment and more.

Home School Day

Start Date Friday, September 11, 2015

End Date Friday, September 11, 2015

Time 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All home schooled chidren are invited to a program especially designed for them. Come and explore, learn and discover!

Workshop: Seed Saving

Start Date Saturday, September 12, 2015

End Date Saturday, September 12, 2015

Time 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Learn the art and science of seed saving from Bob Wildfong, one of Canada's heritage gardening experts.

Wedding Expo: Sweet Wedding Wishes

Start Date Sunday, September 13, 2015

End Date Sunday, September 13, 2015

Time 12 to 4 p.m.

One of the newest wedding shows in Ontario!

Ask a Curator Day

Start Date Wednesday, September 16, 2015

End Date Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Time 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Ask a Curator Day is a global online twitter event that the Waterloo Region Museum participates in. To ask our curator a question simply use the twitter hashtag #AskaCurator with our handle @WRegionMuseum along with the question and we'll do our best to answer it.

Beer TALKS Series: Jim Brickman

Start Date Thursday, September 17, 2015

End Date Thursday, September 17, 2015

Time 7 to 9 p.m.

Jim Brickman will speak about the early days of craft beer brewing when it started in Canada in 1984.

Workshop: Learn to Knit 101

Start Date Saturday, September 19, 2015

End Date Saturday, September 19, 2015

Time 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Learn the basics necessary to start knitting while you work on a project to be completed in the workshop or taken home to complete.

Sunday Family Fun Day: Code Breakers

Start Date Sunday, September 20, 2015

End Date Sunday, September 20, 2015

Time 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Learn how to send private messages and to crack other secret codes! It’s a fun-filled day for young secret agents!

Tea and Talk: The 1906 Berlin Cookbook

Start Date Tuesday, September 22, 2015

End Date Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Time 2 to 4 p.m.

The Waterloo Region Museum would be delighted if you could join them for an afternoon tea in the beautiful Grand Foyer of the Waterloo Region Museum.

Workshop: Autumn Wreath

Start Date Saturday, September 26, 2015

End Date Saturday, September 26, 2015

Time 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Create a festive wreath to use as either a centre piece or to hang on a wall to help celebrate the harvest season.

Workshop: Beginner Blacksmithing 1

Start Date Saturday, September 26, 2015

End Date Saturday, September 26, 2015

Time 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

First day of a two day course that teaches the basics of both the art and trade of blacksmithing.

First People’s Festival Education Days

Start Date Tuesday, September 29, 2015

End Date Thursday, October 1, 2015

Time 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The First Peoples Festival is a celebration of First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures, history and realities for school children in grades 6 to 12.

Aboriginal Symposium Day

Start Date Friday, October 2, 2015

End Date Friday, October 2, 2015

Time 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

This one day program is a celebration of First Nations history and realities for secondary school students.

Workshop: Learn to Knit 102

Start Date Saturday, October 3, 2015

End Date Saturday, October 3, 2015

Time 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Part two of the Learn to Knit workshops where you will practice skills that were introduced in part one

Workshop: Beginner Blacksmithing 2

Start Date Saturday, October 3, 2015

End Date Saturday, October 3, 2015

Second day of a two day course that teaches the basics of both the art and trade of blacksmithing.

Waterloo Region Forest Festival

Start Date Wednesday, October 7, 2015

End Date Thursday, October 8, 2015

Time 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

This two day educational festival for grade 6 and 7 students teaches several key messages about forest resources in the Region of Waterloo. Presentations and hands-on activities include information on forest ecosystems, stewardship, conservation, species at risk, and the impacts of climate change.

Sunday Family Fun Day: Harvest Time

Start Date Sunday, October 11, 2015

End Date Sunday, October 11, 2015

Time 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Enjoy Thanksgiving weekend fun at the Waterloo Region Museum. Visit our museum galleries and participate in engaging activities for all ages.

Fall Harvest - Thanksgiving Day

Start Date Monday, October 12, 2015

End Date Monday, October 12, 2015

Time Village 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Museum open to 5 p.m.

On Thanksgiving Day Monday visit for family fun activities and enjoy the magnificent colours of fall at one of the prettiest places in Waterloo Region.

Beer TALKS Series: Women Enjoying Beer!

Start Date Thursday, October 22, 2015

End Date Thursday, October 22, 2015

Time 7 to 9 p.m.

Spend an evening with women who enjoy beer! An engaging presentation all about beer. TALK includes delicious snacks and a tour of the BEER! The Exhibit. Of course, this evening isn’t just for women!

Workshop: Gifts in a Jar

Start Date Saturday, October 24, 2015

End Date Saturday, October 24, 2015

Time 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Spend an afternoon making three different gifts in a jar. Learn to make three different recipes, along with card and bow, which you will complete in this fun workshop.

Sunday Family Fun Day: Retro Games!

Start Date Sunday, October 25, 2015

End Date Sunday, October 25, 2015

Time 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Join us for a walk down memory lane as we take you back to your youth. Bring your family and share your memories while playing retro games, rocking-out to old school jams and enjoying some throw-back snacks.

First World War Education Day

Start Date Monday, October 26, 2015

End Date Monday, October 26, 2015

Time 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Waterloo Region Museum in conjunction with the History Matters Association presents an interactive program about WW1 for grade 10 students.

Halloween Party

Start Date Friday, October 30, 2015

End Date Friday, October 30, 2015

Time 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Wear your scariest costume to a Halloween Party and be ready to have some fun! For children 8 and under.

Kinderconcert Series

Start Date Saturday, October 31, 2015

End Date Saturday, October 31, 2015

Time 10:30 a.m.

The musical Mendelssohn Mouse family is rehearsing and getting ready for a concert, but Fannie Mouse has disappeared! Help the Mouse family find Fannie, and discover a musical canon and fugue along the way.

Family Fun Day: Scary Boo Fun

Start Date Saturday, October 31, 2015

End Date Saturday, October 31, 2015

Time 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit for Halloween fun and enjoy games, decorating mini pumpkins and making crafts to celebrate this spooky holiday – and you'll be home in time to go out trick or treating! All ages.

Workshop: Knitting Skills Socks

Start Date Saturday, October 31, 2015

End Date Saturday, October 31, 2015

Time 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

This workshop is for knitters with a solid understanding of core knitting techniques and teaches how to read and understand sock patterns.

Taste of Oktoberfest - A Culinary Event

Start Date Thursday, November 5, 2015

End Date Thursday, November 5, 2015

Time 7 p.m.

Experience a unique K-W Oktoberfest culinary event that features an Oktoberfest-inspired menu unlike anything you have tasted before! The culinary experts at BeerTown are creating this unique, multi-course menu especially for Taste of Oktoberfest! Tickets can be purchased by calling (519) 570-HANS (4267).

Workshop: Christmas Ornaments

Start Date Saturday, November 7, 2015

End Date Saturday, November 7, 2015

Time 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Join us for this festive workshop and learn how to create fun Christmas decorations.

PD Day Fun!

Start Date Friday, November 13, 2015

End Date Friday, November 13, 2015

Time Village 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. & Museum 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Special seasonal and hands-on activities are scheduled throughout the day for children of all ages. Visit to engage your children during their day away from school.

Teddy Bear's Night at the Museum

Start Date Friday, November 13, 2015

End Date Friday, November 13, 2015

Time 6 to 8 p.m.

Children and their favourite stuffed animal are invited to a party! At the end of the evening children leave their stuffed animal for a sleepover at the museum, and then come back the next day for pick up and to see all the adventures the stuffed toys had overnight.

Workshop: Chocolate Lovers

Start Date Saturday, November 14, 2015

End Date Saturday, November 14, 2015

Time 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Learn how to make a chocolate bar sleigh, a candy train engine, and how to dip the perfect chocolate pretzel.

Sunday Family Fun Day: Art-rageous Fun - Ink, Paper, Scissors

Start Date Sunday, November 15, 2015

End Date Sunday, November 15, 2015

Time 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

We're having an art bonanza where you can try everything from water colour painting to paper cutting! Be ready for art-rageous fun with old pens and even fabric.

Christmas Afternoon Tea and Talk

Start Date Tuesday, November 17, 2015

End Date Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Time 2 to 4 p.m.

Join us for afternoon tea with Christmas refreshments and enjoy a fascinating presentation comparing Christmas recipes from the 1898 New Galt Cookbook and the 1906 Berlin Cookbook.

Homeschooler Village Christmas

Start Date Friday, November 20, 2015

End Date Friday, November 20, 2015

Time 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Come and explore how various cultural groups celebrated Christmas in rural Waterloo County in 1914.

Workshop: Evergreen Wreaths

Start Date Saturday, November 21, 2015

End Date Saturday, November 21, 2015

Time 10 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Make your own evergreen wreath to start the holiday season! A wreath is great for hanging outside to welcome guests to your home.

Both morning and afternoon times available.

Gift Shop - Member December

Start Date Tuesday, December 1, 2015

End Date Thursday, December 24, 2015

Time Call for times

Find great gift-giving ideas, old fashioned toys, vintage or modern Christmas ornaments, décor, and stocking stuffers in the Waterloo Region Museum’s Gift Shop. Members enjoy an exclusive 10% discount on everything in the gift shop.

Doon By Lantern Light Tours

Start Date Friday, December 4, 2015

End Date Friday, December 4, 2015

Time 7 p.m. or 8:30 p.m.

Step back in time to experience the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas in the early 20th century. Tickets on sale Sept. 8 at 9 a.m.

Workshop: Seasonal Table Centre Piece

Start Date Saturday, December 5, 2015

End Date Saturday, December 5, 2015

Time 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Create and arrange a sensational seasonal table centre piece that will be the focus of your Christmas décor!

Doon By Lantern Light Tours

Start Date Saturday, December 5, 2015

End Date Saturday, December 5, 2015

Time 7 p.m. or 8:30 p.m.

Step back in time to experience the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas in the early 20th century. Tickets on sale Sept. 8 at 9 a.m.

Volunteer Recognition Day & Country Christmas

Start Date Sunday, December 6, 2015

End Date Sunday, December 6, 2015

Time Village open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Museum Galleries open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

It's a special Country Christmas event to recognize the wonderful work and time volunteers contribute to the Region of Waterloo - our way of saying thank you! General public are welcome as well.

Doon By Lantern Light Tours

Start Date Friday, December 11, 2015

End Date Friday, December 11, 2015

Time 7 p.m. or 8:30 p.m.

Step back in time to experience the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas in the early 20th century. Tickets on sale Sept. 8 at 9 a.m.

Doon By Lantern Light Tours

Start Date Saturday, December 12, 2015

End Date Saturday, December 12, 2015

Time 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Step back in time to experience the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas in the early 20th century. Tickets on sale Sept. 8 at 9 a.m.

Country Christmas

Start Date Sunday, December 13, 2015

End Date Sunday, December 13, 2015

Time Village open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Museum Galleries open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Enjoy a Christmas in the country from the last turn of the century. A great way to celebrate this holiday season!

Doon By Lantern Light Tours

Start Date Friday, December 18, 2015

End Date Friday, December 18, 2015

Time 7 p.m. or 8:30 p.m.

Step back in time to experience the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas in the early 20th century. Tickets on sale Sept. 8 at 9 a.m.

Starry Night

Start Date Saturday, December 19, 2015

End Date Saturday, December 19, 2015

Time 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The Friends of the Waterloo Region Museum's annual Christmas extravaganza! Enjoy the sights, sounds and flavours of a Christmas past and see the Doon Heritage Village beautifully lit by lantern light. Tickets on sale Sept. 8 at 9 a.m.

Country Christmas

Start Date Sunday, December 20, 2015

End Date Sunday, December 20, 2015

Time Village open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Museum Galleries open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Enjoy a Christmas in the country from the last turn of the century. A great way to celebrate this holiday season!

Jolly Holly Days

Start Date Monday, December 21, 2015

End Date Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Time Village open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Museum Galleries open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Enjoy the tastes, sites and sounds of a Christmas past with a visit to the Waterloo Region Museum and Doon Heritage Village.

Boxing Week Gift Shop Sale

Start Date Sunday, December 27, 2015

End Date Thursday, December 31, 2015

Time Mon. to Fri. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (note December 31 open to 3 p.m.)

Save on unique gift items that include old-fashioned wood toys and vintage Christmas ornaments during our Boxing Week Gift Shop Sale!

Holiday Family Fun Days

Start Date Sunday, December 27, 2015

End Date Thursday, December 31, 2015

Time Mon. to Fri. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (note December 31 open to 3 p.m.)

Visit Waterloo Region Museum for family fun over the holidays! Museum activities for all ages are offered every day in our galleries. Schedules are available at our reception desk.

Holiday Family Fun Days

Start Date Saturday, January 2, 2016

End Date Sunday, January 3, 2016

Time Mon. to Fri. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit Waterloo Region Museum for family fun over the holidays! Museum activities for all ages are offered every day in our galleries. Schedules are available at our reception desk.