In the cold days of winter an outing to a museum or gallery can really stir up inspiration or at least alleviate any seasonal blues that can sometimes occur. There are loads of history and heritage sites dotted all across Waterloo Region.
Get out of the house and stay out of the cold when you visit Waterloo Region Museum at 10 Huron Rd. This is a great venue to learn how the landscape of Waterloo came to be, and to see who’s in the Hall of Fame. Don’t miss the much-anticipated Wild Weather exhibit set to unveil Feb 2. This Waterloo museum is full of history and fun!
Founded in 2004, The Fashion History Museum is located in a former post office in Hespeler. The collection in the museum spans from the 1660s to the present day, and includes nearly 10,000 different items. One of their notable artifacts is claimed to be the oldest European shoe worn in America, while another noteworthy item is a hat worn by Julia Grant, wife of Ulysses S. Grant! This is an excellent rendezvous spot for Valentine’s Day or a ladies’ night this winter.
The Hespeler Heritage Centre is open free of charge every Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. The Centre welcomes group tours and is open in the evenings to accommodate groups. You can make arrangements for your group in advance by calling 519-651-0032 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The Company of Neighbours’ archival collection is also located in the Hespeler Heritage Centre, located on the ground floor of the old Hespeler Town Hall at 11 Tannery St. East, in the centre of the old Hespeler downtown area.
Visit the Kitchener Public Library Feb. 21 and join Josh Shea for an evening learning about different owls that take habitat in the natural parks of the city. Watch a slideshow and discover amazing facts about owls, their habitat and behaviours.
Take a group tour of Castle Kilbride in Baden. For $5 a person step back in time at this stunning home built in 1877, for James Livingston, flax industrialist, politician and entrepreneur. Castle Kilbride is a grand Victorian home that was named after Livingston's birthplace in East Kilbride, Scotland. Evidence of three-dimensional technique paintings of "Trompe l'oeil" are another central reason for visiting this stunning designation. Castle Kilbride's was deemed a National Historic Site in 1995.
Touring historic venues and taking in art and exhibitions can make the cold seem a little more bearable through a long winter. Whether you’re a parent or a young professional, enjoying some time away from the house can be very beneficial to anyone in the family!