Waterloo Region Museum, Kitchener

4.5
#1 of 14 in Museums in Region of Waterloo
Find out about the local region at Waterloo Region Museum, the largest community museum in Ontario. In addition to exhibits on Ontario and Waterloo history and industry, the museum showcases rotating exhibits from other parts of the world. You'll learn about First Nations, immigration, and 21st-century development in the area, supplemented by staff dressed in period costumes. Stop by the 24 hectare (60 acre) historical village on site for a look into what it was like to live in the Waterloo Region in 1914. By using our Kitchener tour planner, you can arrange your visit to Waterloo Region Museum and other attractions in Kitchener.
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  • The museum is in a beautiful setting - near the Doon Pioneer village- and is a jewel of design itself. The staff is friendly and very knowledgeable while the installations are interesting to all ages.  more »
  • We walked through the Village and enjoyed the Christmas atmosphere. The horse drawn wagon ride was very fun too. The kids were happy to get a candy cane from Father Christmas. They do such a nice job ...  more »
  • Always amazing & informative exhibits. Love walking around the grounds especially in the Fall...beautiful colours & landscaping.  more »
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  • On February 21st my friend and I visited the Waterloo Region Museum just off Huron road. It was our first time attending the museum. Before attending we went to the Waterloo Regions Museum’s website and planned our visit. The website itself was easy to navigate and even informed us of the recent road closure in the area. The building itself is beautiful and very modern. We were impressed with the overall accessibility of the museum. The ramps were not to steep and the stinks in the bathrooms had enough space under to fit a wheelchair. The only downside was the font on some of the displays as they were hard to read because of the location or size. However, the actual museum is so rich in the history of the Waterloo Region and even has a portion dedicated to soldiers from the region who had died in combat. The most interactive space in the building was the Wild Weather exhibit, it had different stations that you could play on screens or just learn about weather systems. It had station explaining tornadoes/hurricanes and even had a section that told you how to prepare for a disaster situation. It was educational for both children and adults and it's worth seeing. Though the museum has so many interesting facts and displays, the staff really made the experience, they were so helpful but also so knowledgeable about the local history. They truly take that extra step to create a long-lasting experience. The associate I spoke too knew all about the summer programming. Specifically, the train they have located outside and the historic houses located on site. Unfortunately, we were not able to go inside them but from the outside, they were quite beautiful. I want to return in the summer months to enjoy the full experience and I would recommend it to others trying to deepen their connection to the Region of Waterloo. I paid $8.00 as a student and it was worth every penny. The location was a little inconvenient and it is more tailored to individuals with a car. Another thing about the location is that they aren’t many food establishments around it, you have to drive a bit to find a place to eat, however, they do have a cafe on site. Next time I do go I hope they have more interactive displays in the main museum because at times it is a lot of reading. Overall this experience was great and I applaud their efforts.
  • The museum is a wealth of local history. The floor plan flows smoothly telling the history of the region. All exhibits are very well presented. The beer exhibit is really cool. If you live anywhere in the area or are visiting the area, please do yourself a favor and stop for a visit.
  • We were on vacation staying with family who'd recently moved to the area. The Doon Village is amazing with people dressed in period costume. They were very informative and helpful. You will need a long time to wander around. Unfortunately we didn't get to see the rest of the village or museum due to torrential rain. However, when we return to Canada we will be coming back here, and have told our relatives about this wonderful museum. Highly recommended.
  • Had a blast at this awesome Museum, the multiple Museum staff were so helpful and made all the exhibits come to life and fun to explore. Great place to spend some time with friends family or even just learning on your own
  • The museum is well laid out and innovative with how they display information. I love the village the best though. People in period appropriate clothing will talk to you and take you through the houses and stores, explaining what life was like in KW's early years. It's an entertaining way to learn for any age.

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