Schneider Haus National Historic Site, Kitchener

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Schneider Haus National Historic Site is a local landmark and Kitchener's oldest dwelling, the 1816 homestead was restored and furnished, then opened as a living history museum in 1981. The heart of the complex is a fine Georgian-frame farmhouse that was built by and was home to the area's earliest non-Aboriginal settlers, Joseph and wife Barbara Schneider, Pennsylvania-German Mennonites.

Schneider Haus National Historic Site was restored and 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.

Schneider Haus National Historic Site is part of Region of Waterloo Museums that is made up of: Waterloo Region Museum/Doon Heritage Village, Schneider Haus National Historic Site, and McDougall Cottage Historic Site. All of these sites are owned and operated by the Region of Waterloo.


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  • We visited this historic house on a quiet Saturday morning and had the whole place to ourselves. First there is a gallery of wonderful wildlife photos with a scavenger hunt activity matching tracks...  more »
  • Very well preserved and interesting site which relates to the Mennonite settling in Ontario. Well trained guides, attired in replicas of the attire worn at the time, very polite, well educated on the....  more »
  • Really informative way to see how people other than rich white Victorians (like most historic homes) were living in the 19th Century. There was all sorts of funny or surprising bits of history to learn both for avid history lovers or new learners. Staff were great. I had a wonderful conversation with a young interpreter about Mennonites and the Anishinaabe of the area.
  • A delightful place that well exceeded my expectations based on some of the older reviews and we certainly felt like we got our money's worth for a highly engaging almost 2-hour visit. The super knowledgeable and enthusiastic interpreters told us so many interesting things and were able to answer our numerous questions. Even though we've been to a few similar kinds of houses in the past we learned so much from the interpreters that you wouldn't have guessed just from looking at the stuff, and sure beat having to read a bunch of explanatory notes for each object. Schneider Haus became part of the government-run parks system I believe about a year ago, and added a bunch of artifacts and opened new areas recently, so if you haven't been in a long while, highly recommend a visit.
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