Travelling exhibition gives insight into the importance of BEES.

Posted On Thursday January 25, 2024

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo Museums are excited to announce the opening of BEES!, a special exhibition developed by Museum of Surrey in collaboration with the Honeybee Centre, and funded by the Government of Canada. This exciting exhibit opens at the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum on Friday, January 26 at 3 p.m.

This bilingual (English/French) exhibit, inspires respect for bees and shows how bee health is an indicator of the health of the whole environment. Pollinators, including bees, are responsible for one in every three bites of food humans consume. Despite their indispensable role in the Earth's ecosystem, bee populations have been declining for decades.

“The BEES! exhibit is an excellent opportunity to educate the community about the vital role bees play in our ecosystems,” said Regional Chair Karen Redman. “The Region was designated a ‘Bee Region’ in 2020 and we remain committed to protecting pollinators by encouraging the creation of habitats to support them.”

This engaging exhibit challenges people's existing knowledge about bees, and shares information that inspires awe and respect for this sophisticated insect. Discover how beekeepers "read" the hive to monitor bee health, and how you can help in your own backyard.

“I am pleased that this bilingual exhibit is travelling across Canada after closing at Museum of Surrey,” said Museum of Surrey Manager Lynn Saffery. “It’s interactive and fun for visitors of all ages, but also educational on topics such as indigenous bees, beekeeping equipment, bee products, and how bees are represented (or misrepresented) in popular culture.”

BEES! provides an immersive and engaging experience for families, including six interactives. Climb through a honeycomb model that is home to a giant queen bee, egg, and larvae. Test your bee knowledge on the BEE ID Spinner, do some research at the BEE-search Station, and so much more.

We invite the community to join the museum team for a formal celebration to officially open BEES!


What:    BEES! Official Opening (Members enjoy FREE admission. Reduced rate for non-members.)

When:   Friday, January 26 from 3 – 3:20 p.m. Opening Remarks

Followed by interactive programming from 3:30 – 7 p.m.  
Sample Backed by Bees honey soda, mead and honey sticks

Participate in the BEES scavenger hunt
Take part in a hands-on honey transfer activity
Make a BEE friend to take home

Who:     Karen Redman, Regional Chair, Region of Waterloo

Bob Wildfong, Horticultural Specialist, Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum and Board Member, Pollinator Partnership Canada
Emily Jolliffe, Head of Content & Experience, Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum (emcee)

Where: Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum, 10 Huron Road, Kitchener ON (Parking free on-site)

BEES! opens Friday, January 26 at 3 p.m. at the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum.

Hours: Open Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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For more information, please contact:


Lynsey Slupeiks
Manager, Corporate Communications
Region of Waterloo


Museum of Surrey is a dynamic and accessible community hub and cultural space that reflects the City of Surrey’s innovation and creativity. It is a people museum, with a mission to connect people and stories through engaging events, interactive award-winning exhibits, programs, textiles and local, national and international exhibitions.  


The Region of Waterloo Museums & Archives operates four experiential sites throughout Waterloo Region. Together, Doon Heritage Village, Schneider Haus, McDougall Cottage and the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum, tell stories from this region through educational and public programming, events, and over 60,000 artifacts.