Old haus, new stories

History comes to life at Schneider Haus National Historic Site! Nestled right in the heart of the downtown, Schneider Haus is the oldest house in Kitchener. Experience connections between today’s world and the families of the past who lived there. The site features hands-on activities, changing exhibits, interactive tours, special events and more! 

A local landmark and Kitchener's oldest dwelling, the 1816 homestead was restored and furnished, then opened as a living history museum in 1981. Costumed interpreters represent life in 1856, which was when the second generation of Schneiders occupied the homestead.

Today, history comes to life as staff demonstrate traditional tasks in concert with the seasons. The modern interpretation wing hosts gallery exhibits, workshops, and lectures. Come for a visit and enjoy hands-on activities, special events, and more!

While Schneider Haus National Historic Site has previously focused on one year of the history of the site we are currently working on a long process of researching and working with community members to expand the narrative and accurately reflect the history of our site and its many untold stories. We welcome feedback from community members. If you have anything to share please contact us at schneiderhaus@regionofwaterloo.ca

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