Waterloo Region has many museums that allow you to journey back into our local heritage or to see some interesting local art. If you are looking for something interesting to do with the family this weekend, give our local culture a chance, you’ll have fun, learn something and it’s reasonably priced for an afternoon.
Here is a list of some of our local museums and what they have to offer.
Our largest community museum, take a step back in time and visit this museum year round for exhibits and artifacts from the past. If you are visiting in the summer months, your admission also includes living history at Doon Heritage Village, see what life would have been like in Kitchener/Waterloo in 1914. This village comes to life with actors in costume, historic buildings, demonstrations and fun for the whole family!
Located at: 10 King Street West Kitchener, ON, N2G 1A3
Best known as a museum for children to have fun and learn, this exciting museum located downtown Kitchener has fun for the whole family with new exhibits often and many fun permanent exhibits including a bed of nails, Geo-Terraces, a walking Piano and the animation station. Many unique events held here in the evenings for adults including beer fests and interesting local food events. Be sure to check often to see what is new at the Museum.
Located at: 466 Queen Street South, Kitchener, ON N2G 1W7
Another living history Museum focused on life and art in the Waterloo Region, focused on folk art and learning trades of the past, all summer long you can learn skills such as soap making, spinning and dyeing wool, food preservation, health and folk medicines from the local garden and even tasty baking! Offering family admissions for $15 and many programs for less that $10 a day, this is a great spot to enjoy some local heritage.
Located at: 528 Wellington Street North, Kitchener ON N2H 5L5
Woodside National historic site is the boyhood home of Canada’s 10th and longest serving Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King. This authentic Victorian home is located in a beautiful park setting surrounded by 11.5 acres, and is stunning in the fall. Children can visit free and adults are less than $5, view artifacts donated by the King family and see how a family lived in the early days of Kitchener, then called Berlin.
located at 101 Queen St N, inside Centre In The Square.
Kitchener Waterloo Gallery focuses on connecting people and ideas through art, with a focus on contemporary culture. When you visit here, you would often see artists from Canada and around the world featured. This museum offers many art programs for adults and children including free gallery tours, culture talks, art for beginners, creative play and many fun summer art camps in a variety of topics. Admission to visit this gallery is free and programs are reasonably priced.
Located at: 25 Caroline Street North, Waterloo, ON N2L 2Y5
Located in Uptown Waterloo, the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery is dedicated to exhibiting and collecting ceramic, glass, enamel and stained glass works of art. Its exhibits rotate four times a year and offers many programs for both children and adults. Admission into the gallery is free and while you are there, you can stop into the shop and pick up some unique gifts!
Located at: 1754 Old Mill Road, Kitchener, ON N2P 1H7
This beautifully maintained home of Homer Watson houses many original Homer Watson pieces, dedicated to the preservation and collection of his art, this gallery not only offers an opportunity to view his artwork, but also that of many other local artists using a variety of mixed medium. If you’re looking to be inspired, visit Homer Watson House and Gallery, not only is the art interesting, but are the house and the grounds. Art courses are also offered for all ages, this home nestled in a beautiful neighbourhood is a must see and with admission for adults of only $5, it’s a great way to spend an afternoon