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Waterloo Region Museum

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Address: 10 Huron Rd, Kitchener, Ontario N2P 2R7, Canada (Formerly Doon Heritage Crossroads)
Phone Number: +1 519-748-1914
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09:30 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 09:30 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 17:00
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Waterloo Region Museum is the largest community museum in Ontario. Our...

Waterloo Region Museum is the largest community museum in Ontario. Our campus of historical attractions includes the Waterloo Region Museum which showcases more than 12,000 years of history in Waterloo Region; Doon Heritage Village - a recreation of rural village in 1914, with more than 20 historic buildings, costumed interpreters and farm animals; the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame honouring individuals and groups who have brought recognition to themselves and Waterloo Region; and the Region of Waterloo Curatorial Centre - our world class artifact preservation and storage facility. The Waterloo Region Museum and the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame are open year round. Doon Heritage Village is open seasonally from May 1 through December 23. The public hours for the museum and village are different at some times of the year.

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Great Exhibits and History of Waterloo County

This is an amazing venue to visit and tour their exhibits. It is also great if you are looking for a venue to host a reception or charity event with its huge foyer, and if needed... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Kitchener, Canada
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Kitchener, Canada
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an amazing venue to visit and tour their exhibits. It is also great if you are looking for a venue to host a reception or charity event with its huge foyer, and if needed a small theatre for presentations. Lots of parking and space to hold your event.

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Tom R, Manager at Waterloo Region Museum, responded to this review

Gary - thank you for your wonderful review and comments about the Waterloo Region Museum. When the museum was planned, the community said that they wanted a new museum to be a community centre - where people would gather for all kinds of events. So we're pleased to host weddings, corporate functions, book launches, conventions and much more! Regards, Tom... More 

Lindsay, Ontario
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118 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We attended a reception for a conference at this venue, and had the opportunity to view the museum as well. It is a beautiful, well lit building, with beautiful grounds. It also has a gift shop full of unusual and interesting gift ideas. On the day we were there, the sun was beaming in through the expansive windows, and everything... More 

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Tom R, Manager at Waterloo Region Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review of the Waterloo Region Museum! The museum hosts conferences, corporate functions, weddings, community fund raising events and lots more throughout the year. I'm pleased to know that you were able to experience everything we have to offer. Regards, Tom Manager/Curator More 

Toronto
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54 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum and the small turn of the 20th century village traces the history from the First Nations , to pioneering days, through the industries like button making and shoes. And the old general store , blacksmith shop in the village have people in period costumes who fo stuff. Great for 6 years old kids and older. And for adults... More 

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Tom R, Manager at Waterloo Region Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Waterloo Region Museum and Doon Heritage Village. That's a great review of what we present to our visitors. I just walked through the museum's lobby and there are dozens of children and their parents participating in Tots Time - so we do offer programs for smaller children too. Thank you again for visiting. Regards, Tom... More 

Kitchener, Ontario
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I grew up here and still I learned so much. The exhibits on K/W's history are amazing and beautiful. I was truly blown away. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 out of 5 was I found an temporary exhibit to be somewhat underwhelming. That said, it has already changed and I have not seen the new one... More 

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Tom R, Manager at Waterloo Region Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Waterloo Region Museum. I'm pleased to know that even though you grew up in the community, that we were able to share with you things that you didn't know. Each temporary exhibit at the museum targets a different audience. Our winter exhibit, from February through April, is traditionally an exhibit that we rent from another... More 

Kitchener, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Part of Doon Heritage Village. Interesting exhibits. Love the Train tracks in the floor. Great local historical artifacts

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Tom R, Manager at Waterloo Region Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Waterloo Region Museum. I'm glad that you like the train tracks in the floor of the museum - they replicate the tracks that passed through that exact same location from about 1870 to 1950, connecting Galt in the south to Elmira in the north. We hope you visit again soon. Regards, Tom Manager/Curator More 

Hamilton, Canada
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Great place to visit to learn more about the community and it's history. I would recommend this museum to visitors as well as locals.

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Tom R, Manager at Waterloo Region Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Waterloo Region Museum - and recommending us to visitors from out of town and local residents. Regards, Tom Manager/Curator More 

Kitchener, Canada
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81 reviews
42 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

I have always enjoyed going to the museum but sharing it with my grandson(ages 8-11 for our visits) the last few trips has been especially fun. There are ever changing sections so that helps hold his interest and even in the stationary sections the staff have quizzes that change and keep the children engaged.

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Tom R, Manager at Waterloo Region Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Waterloo Region Museum with your grandson. We know that for many people, visiting a museum or art gallery is a great time to interact with family and friends - as well as looking at exhibits. So we're glad to hear that you had a fun visit with your grandson. We hope to see you both... More 

Ocean Park, Maine
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

The attached village to the Museum was very interesting. Since the tourist season was just over, some of the buildings were not populated with people of the period. The period people who did populate the village were very knowledgeable.Back in the museum after the tour of the village, we experienced a more detailed history of the area. Very good museum... More 

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Tom R, Manager at Waterloo Region Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Waterloo Region Museum and Doon Heritage Village. We're pleased to know that you enjoyed your visit. Regards, Tom Manager/Curator More 

Essex
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42 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

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... More 

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Tom R, Manager at Waterloo Region Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Doon Heritage Village at the Waterloo Region Museum while you were on vacation in Canada. We do hope you have the opportunity to visit us - and Canada - again soon! Regards, Tom Manager/Curator More 

Kitchener, Canada
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

School trips, canadian visitors and locals alike will love this heritage village and museum. It gives a fantastic representation of different nationalities that settled in Waterloo area and we have enjoyed going in any season.

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Tom R, Manager at Waterloo Region Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review of the Waterloo Region Museum and Doon Heritage Village. Regards. Tom Manager/Curator More 

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