Museums in Waterloo Region

Museums to visit in Waterloo Region


Waterloo Region Museums

Waterloo Region is an old place. Not old like Athens or Tokyo, but old like Vancouver and St Louis. As such, we have a lot of history here and what better way to catch a glimpse of how things were than to spend a couple of hours in one of our local museums.

For the record, most of our museums are either free or very very reasonable.

University of Waterloo’s Earth Science Museum

If you have kids or maybe you are a kid at heart, a visit to University of Waterloo’s Earth Science Museum is a must-see stop on your tour of museums. This museum has dinosaurs, fossils and volcanic rock and an outdoor rock garden with more than 70 specimens from all over North America. There is also a mining tunnel with real items from a silver mine.\

Where: UW’s Centre for Environmental and Information Technology building

When: Monday-Friday 9am-4pm

Cost: FREE

St. Jacobs’ A Mennonite Story

This exhibit has a video about old order Mennonites as well as  photos and artifacts from Mennonites around the world.

Where: 1406 King St N St Jacobs

When: Monday-Saturday 11am-5pm Sunday 1:30-5pm

Cost: Donation

St Jacobs’ Maple Syrup Museum

This museum teaches us how Indigenous people taught early settlers how to make maple syrup and how the process changed over the years.

Where: 1406 King St N St Jacobs

When: Monday-Saturday 11am-6pm, Sunday noon-5:30

Cost: Donation

Woodside National Historic Site

Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King’s boyhood home preserved as a museum. If you are only going to visit one museum, this is the one!

Where: 528 Wellington St N

Cost: Free this year otherwise very reasonable (I think I spent less than $10 for three adults)

City of Waterloo Museum

The City of Waterloo Museum is a vibrant heritage portal where residents and visitors personally connect with Waterloo’s past, building shared experiences and enhancing culture in our community.

Where: Conestoga Mall

When: Tuesday-Friday 9:30-4pm (and other times)

Cost: Free