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“Great local museum”

Schneider Haus National Historic Site
Ranked #7 of 54 things to do in Kitchener
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Owner description: 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. Today, history comes to life as staff demonstrate traditional tasks in concert with the seasons. The modern interpretation wing hosts gallery exhibits, workshops and lectures. Come for a visit and enjoy hands-on activities, special events, and more!
Reviewed March 10, 2014

Great place to learn about local history. Fascinating place inside and out. Give you a great idea how they used to live in this area.

1  Thank Rob P
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

Joseph Schneider came to what is now known as the Waterloo Region in 1807. Along with many others, he arrived from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania for arable farmland. The house that he built in 1816 is now a museum.
Every weekend there is something happening at the "historic haus". Today we learned how flax is made into linen fabric. Also one of the staff showed us the bread baskets in the pantry that are made from rye straw. Perhaps in a couple of weeks I may trek down and learn about cookies and pretzels. Yummy!
Explore the house from the kitchen to upstairs bedrooms and the girls working rooms where they made clothes. We were told the guests' bedroom was always the most beautiful one. Then head up further to the attic where you get a nice view of the grounds.
The house closes from Christmas to mid-February.

2  Thank TravellerKitchener
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Reviewed May 17, 2013

This is a place we've been visiting for years with our son. It really is like stepping back in time. The guides are incredibly knowledgable and there is always something new to see.

2  Thank 21stcenturyhousewife
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Reviewed May 16, 2013

Kitchener doesn't have much in the way of sights, so apart from the farmer's market and perhaps Victoria Park and Laurel Creek, this is it! I took the family and enjoyed being taken back to Kitchener's past by spirited young guides. For the handymen (and women) out there, check out the beams and the hardwood floors in the attic!

1  Thank lepapedemontreal
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

This is a quaint step into the heritage of one of Kitchener's founding fathers Joseph Schneider. Good spot for an educational outing complete with staff decked out in period costumes, baking from a woodstove right up to the attic filled with herbs from the garden drying. School trips often visit but good to bring your children. At Easter time they do some unique Easter egg decorating and for a fee you can join in. Get ready for bees wax beauty.

2  Thank Bon B
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