190 Weber St. N.
Waterloo, ON N2J 3H4
Phone: (519) 747-9400
Fax: (519) 747-2134
Arts & Museums
This gallery, which is located to the east of Waterloo Park is a contemporary art gallery exhibiting refined works of art by local as well as international artists. The artworks in the form of ceramics, clay sculptures and beautiful glass pieces are displayed during exhibitions which attracts art lovers in large numbers. If you are keen on picking up a few tricks and hone your skills with clay and glass, then you can enroll for a workshop or a program which is guided by the experts. Call ahead or visit their website to know more.
Housed inside the East Campus Hall in the campus of the University of Waterloo, this art gallery opens the door to the world of contemporary art for one and all. Working closely with the arts department of the university, the gallery exhibits artworks by various upcoming national as well as international artists. The art works include sculptures, paintings, fine arts and other fields of art that cater to the artistic sensibilities of the people in Waterloo. Call ahead or visit their website to know more about their upcoming exhibitions.
Explore all there is to discover about mining and geology at the Earth Sciences Museum in Waterloo. This exciting museum is widespread, and features numerous artifacts like rocks, minerals and carved granite models of the Great Lakes. Head down to the basement to see the replica of the historic Cobalt Discovery Mine tunnel and learn how silver ore were extracted from the mining sites. Kids enjoy watching the display of the life-size as well as miniature replicas of animals and ice-age mammals. Special tours for adults and kids can be arranged with the organizers by calling on their number.
With the opening of the City of Waterloo Museum in Conestoga Mall, the locals as well as tourists can peep into their city's heritage through an extensive display of artifacts. The artifacts number up to more than 10,000, and were sourced from permanent collection at the Seagram Museum, to make it more accessible to the public. More and more artifacts are constantly been added by the City of Waterloo, so you might stumble up on something new, each time you visit the museum. Admission to this museum is free, which also includes visit to their gallery space where temporary exhibitions are held.
A part of Centre In The Square entertainment center, the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery exhibits artworks of various national and international artists inside its gallery rooms. This exciting space has been in existence since 1956 and attracts people with varied art sensibilities through its display of original pieces of contemporary art. Apart from the numerous temporary exhibitions held throughout the year, the gallery also displays a few collection from its 4000-artworks strong permanent collection, that are awe-inspiring and breathtaking, to say the least. These display artworks serve as a base for various art dialogues and spread of ideas among the people of the community. This gallery is open on all days of the week and the admission to this gallery is free.
Formerly known as the Waterloo Regional Children's Museum, Themuseum is a beautiful place and a major hub for the young ones. It allows children to check-out interactive exhibits, explore their creativity and inspire innovation. For more details, check website or call ahead.
The Joseph Schneider Haus is a beautiful farmhouse that currently stands as a museum. This living museum features objects and art pieces that are traced back to the Germanic regions of Canada. For more details, check website.
Get a chance to peep into the Waterloo Region's glorious history which dates back to more than 12,000 years. Here, numerous artifacts are displayed inside the museum rooms which take you through the life of the First Nation's people to those in the modern era, covering stories of European settlement and industrial revolution in between. The exterior wall itself hides an important part of a speech made by the Prime Minister in 1905, which is encoded in a colorful code used in computer programming. Apart from the gallery rooms, the museum also houses a Grand Foyer, a theater and classrooms to host lectures and events. If you want to learn more about the village, then visit the Doon Heritage Village in the museum campus, which is a recreated to resemble the rural settlement from the early 20th Century. A must visit attraction for one and all.
The Castle Kilbride is a historical mansion that dates back to 1877. You can explore this home and get an insight into the history of the house and check-out the collections as well. It also hosts events and activities on a regular basis. For updates and other information, check website.
Blessed with a multi-faceted personality, John McCrae was a doctor, who was also a solider. However, he came into prominence, owing to his poem 'In Flanders Fields', that presented the essence of World War I. The McCrae House is the place where John McCrae was born. This National Historic Site of Canada, is open to visitors as a museum that chronicles his works. For more details, check website.
Halton County Radial Railway is a museum whose history goes back to 1953, when the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) streetcar 1326 was saved from the blades of a scrapyard by a group of men. Land belonging to Nassagaweya Township's Toronto Suburban Railway was purchased, the collection of radial and street cars expanded, which led to the establishment of this museum in 1972. Halton County Radial Railway also includes memorabilia and photographs too. The exhibits educate visitors on he history of electric railway in Canada.
The Westfield Heritage Centre contains the Westfield Heritage Village and is spread across an area of 130 hectares (321.23 acres). With home to 30 historic buildings, the village is certainly one of the most amazing historic destinations in Ontario. Interpreters in costumes will guide you through this maze of history and acquaint you with the rich Canadian culture. Live history demonstrations along with the beautiful county side backdrop will surely take you to the olden days. Educational programs, group tours and guided tours of the site are available. Events and activities at this site keep the visitors entertained.