Our Collections and Research

On our website we feature artifacts on a regular basis. Visit our Feature Artifacts page to see information we've posted on various artifacts.

The Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum has one of the largest community museum collections in Ontario.  Our sister Schneider Haus National Historic Site also has large collections. To search our collections database for each site click on the icons below.

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It has been said that great collections make great museums. In reality, there are many factors that go into creating a great museum, but among a community's civic institutions, the collecting, preservation and documentation of that community's material heritage set museums apart from all the rest.  

Collecting of local history artifacts in Waterloo Region predates the opening of Doon Pioneer Village, now known as the Doon Heritage Village. The Waterloo Historical Society began collecting in 1912, donating their collection to the museum in 1960. 

When the Waterloo Historical Society was founded, then president W.H. Breithaupt and Secretary H. W. Brown stated that "it is the ambition of the Society to acquire at an early date, a substantial fireproof county building in which to preserve permanently all such records and general objects of historic interest".