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Waterloo Region Museum & Doon Heritage Village

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Waterloo Region Museum & Doon Heritage VillageWaterloo Region Museum & Doon Heritage Village

The Waterloo Region Museum is the largest community museum in Ontario with a number of facilities, including the museum itself, Doon Heritage Village (a 20-building living history village and two farms that depicts life in rural Waterloo Region in 1914), as well as the Region’s Hall of Fame, and supporting artifact storage and preservation facilities. Each facility is located on their more than 60-acre property in Kitchener, all within walking distance of one another.

The collection of artifacts at the Waterloo Region Museum predates the opening of Doon Heritage Village, which opened in 1957. The Waterloo Historical Society began collecting items in 1912 and, in 1960, they donated their collection to the museum. Since the Waterloo Historical Society’s donation, the collection has grown to become one of the largest community museum collections in Ontario.

Doon Heritage Village is a living history village, open from May 1 to December 23 each year. Located on 60 acres of land, the village shows visitors what life was like in 1914, in what was then Waterloo County. Visitors will feel as though they have stepped back in time with authentic clothing, historic buildings, and farm animals adding to the historic experience.

Also at the Waterloo Region Museum is the Region Hall of Fame, which aims to recognize individuals and groups for their significant contributions to the community. The Hall of Fame grew out of a proposal for a Sports Hall of Fame in Kitchener in 1965.

Field trips to the Waterloo Region Museum provide a unique learning experience for children of all ages, with lots to see at the exhibits, Hall of Fame, and Doon Heritage Village. In addition, staff stay informed on all changes to the Ontario Ministry of Education Curriculum, and strive to link their programs with the curriculum so value is received by all students.

With so much picturesque scenery surrounding the Waterloo Region Museum, it’s a great location for hosting special events. From weddings to corporate galas, guests will take in the beautiful landscapes and history while attending the event. Outdoor facilities are also available and can accommodate larger groups.

For a full list of upcoming events, visit the Waterloo Region Museum website.

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