Current Exhibits

Doon Heritage Village

Doon Heritage Village is an Indoor and Outdoor Living History Village

Doon Heritage Village is a picturesque 60 acre living history village that shows visitors what life was like in Waterloo Region in the year 1914. The village comes to life with knowledgeable interpreters dressed in authentic 1914 clothing and features historic buildings, farm animals and fun activities the whole family will enjoy.

Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum

Feature Gallery

Temporarily Closed - Upcoming exhibit information coming soon.

Main Gallery

What Makes Us Who We Are?

Our main gallery exhibit is called What Makes Us Who We Are? and traces the 12,000 year human history of Waterloo Region, from Indigenous peoples, to community settlement at the start of the 1800s, to the manufacturing heydays of the 1900s, to the high tech sector boom of recent years. 

Mezzanine Gallery

War Memorial 

The Waterloo Region Museum joins all Canadians in recognizing the sacrifices and achievements of the men and women who have served in the cause of peace and freedom around the world.

Waterloo Region Hall of Fame

The Waterloo Region Hall of Fame honours individuals and organizations - now numbering more than 400 - for their significant contributions to the community. 

Schneider Haus National Historic Site Exhibits

UN/COVERINGS - Mennonite & Muslim Women’s Heads and Hearts 

Why do Muslim head coverings cause such visceral reactions? Do Mennonite bonnets provoke the same response? And when the vast majority of both North American Mennonite and Muslim women don’t veil at all, why do these head coverings receive so much (and such different) public attention? 

In reality Mennonite and Muslim women represent so much variation and contrast within and beyond their communities. Their stories and identities are as complex and creative as the clothes they wear.

If you think you know these women, just wait. UN/COVERINGS turns stereotypes on their head!

We designed this exhibit in collaboration between Dr. Laura Morlock, lecturer at Ryerson’s School of Fashion, and Dr. Cristina Moreno-Almeida, Postdoctoral Fellow at King’s College London.

UN/COVERINGS is a multimedia, fashion-based installation that invites visitors to challenge their own biases and stereotypes around religious head coverings.

 

About the Curators: 

Photo of Dr. Cristina Moreno-Almeida

Dr. Cristina Moreno-Almeida is a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London. Her research is about popular culture in North Africa and the Middle East at the intersection of aesthetics, politics, and digital media. Her current work analyses digital cultures in Morocco looking at the social, cultural and political ramifications of disseminating cultural production through digital platforms. She previously worked at the LSE Middle East Centre and the Department of Media and Communications on the project ‘Personalised Media and Participatory Culture’ (2015-2017) with the American University of Sharjah (UAE) researching young people’s participatory culture, the internet and creative production in Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia and the UAE. She has published extensively on rap music, the politics of resistance, multimodal digital culture, participation, and creativity. Her first book is entitled Rap Beyond Resistance: Staging Power in Contemporary Morocco (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). Her second book Memes, Monsters, and the Digital Grotesque is forthcoming with Oxford University Press.

 

Photo of Dr. Laura Morlock

Dr. Laura Morlock is a scholar and advocate for religious dress, diversity, and gender equity in Canada. She speaks and writes on public debates over gender and cultural identities through fashion, and the ways these shape North American human rights laws and policies.

Her forthcoming work Seaming Canadian: Religious Dress, Multiculturalism, and Identity Performance looks at public battles over women’s bodies through Muslim, Sikh, and Mennonite headcovering controversies. Far from being the threat to gender equity many imagine these communities to be, she shows how they in fact consistently advance human rights for all Canadians.

Dr. Morlock holds a PhD in Religious Diversity in North America from the University of Waterloo and is a lecturer at Ryerson University’s School of Fashion. As a realtor she has also built a business around women’s, new Canadians’, and queer folx’ empowerment through real estate.

McDougall Cottage Historic Site Exhibits

Resiliency: Shared Stories of Strength & Survival

Anchored in the history of the 165-year-old Cottage, located in downtown Cambridge, the exhibit features a multimedia journey of shared personal stories of resiliency and offers resources and strategies to help our community bounce back from life’s challenges. This exhibit also represents a first step in McDougall Cottage’s future direction; to explore and embrace new and innovative ways to tell stories.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that declining mental health in the family of one of the Cottage’s former residents may have been a factor in the Cottage’s eventual state of disrepair. This encouraged Michelle Bartlett, Head of Content and Experience at McDougall to explore the idea of developing an exhibit on the topic, using the Cottage as a metaphor for Resiliency.

Through partnerships with local organizations like Canadian Mental Health Association of Waterloo Wellington and others, programming will be offered on topics such as mindfulness, self-care and many more.

Admission to this exhibit is by donation.