Waterloo Region Museum, Kitchener

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#1 of 12 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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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Specifically went to the museum to see the exhibit Trailblazing - Women in Canada since 1867. This exhibit was really well done with videos, interactive displays and artifacts. While I was there I also visited the Heritage Village which is always fun to wander around in. Overall, I spent three hours there and the price of $11(adult admission) was very reasonable.
  • During summer days, the historical village offers fun activities every half hour. Their costumed interpreters are very knowledgeable and relate very well to my kids. Often, the interpreters invite the kids to participate in an activity they are doing. The museum is great too. My five year old likes that there are toy stations throughout, while my ten year old loves the fashion history exhibit. They also have a craft area, play train set, and small restaurant that are great when the kids need a break or I need a coffee!

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For a relatively large city, Kitchener doesn't offer a particularly broad range of accommodations. In the city center, King Street offers a handful of mid-range hotels, but little beyond that. Your best bet is to look southeast to Centreville Chicopee, where you can find a cluster of chain hotels, or northwest to the adjoining city of Waterloo, which offers some nicer hotels by its main park.
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