Public Art

At the front entrance of the museum is a work of art called His Messenger - Our Prayers. The work of public art created by Six Nation's artist David General is 6 ft. x 5 ft. x 4.5 ft. and is cast in bronze.

In this engaging work of public art prayers are carried on the wings of an eagle. Learn more about  His Messenger - Our Prayers.

Intersection in Time

At the entrance to the museum grand foyer you will find a recreation of a Waterloo Region historic crossroads. This glass section of flooring is in the actual location where Huron Road crossed the Galt to Elmira Line of the Grand Trunk Railway for almost 100 years. A skylight overhead at the crossroads connects the sky to the land, and the adjacent water feature reflects the importance of the Region's rivers, creeks and streams.

Memory in Timber and Stone

Timbers from the historic Sherk Barn are used to cover the walls in the museum's main entrance hallway and Grand Foyer. The Sherk Barn was originally located near the Pioneer Tower on the east side of the Grand River for nearly 175 years. The museum Grand Foyer also features a stone floor and soaring walls made of Ontario limestone. The colour of stone was selected to represent buildings located in Galt (Cambridge).

Wall of Colour

The museum exterior colour wall is a nod to our past, as well as our future. The layout of the 16 colours in the glass wall is not random, it contains a message translated through hexadecimal code used in computer programming with various colour combinations that represent the 26 letters in the alphabet. The use of a computer encoded message represents the high tech industries found in Waterloo Region, while the quilt-like nature of the glass wall represents our Mennonite heritage, and textile traditions of Waterloo Region. The message encoded on the wall is from a speech made by Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier in 1905.

Environmental Features

The museum incorporated recycled building materials, locally sourced and manufactured materials, and many design features such as rainwater reclamation that are environmentally friendly. The water retention pond on the museum property can store up to 150,000 litres of water. During eight months of the year when the number of visitors is highest and rainwater most plentiful, this water is used for flushing toilets in the museum.

The museum was built to LEED Silver standards, reflecting the Region of Waterloo commitment to ensuring a healthy natural environment. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an international program that integrates environmental responsibility with innovative architectural design.

Look for the LEED interactive kiosk in the museum's grand foyer to learn more about the sustainable design of the museum building.