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Schneider Haus National Historic Site

466 Queen St S, Kitchener, Ontario N2G 1W7, Canada
+1 519-742-7752
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Excellent presentation of an important early settler in Berlin (now Kitchener)

The Schneider Haus greatly exceeded our expectations. Not only was the house impressive and the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Brian S
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Meaford, Canada
Japanese student impressed and amazed by the age of the house and Mennonite farm life.

Our Japanese student friend enjoyed his visit to Schneider House in July 2016. He learned about the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
canadajapan
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Region of Waterloo, Canada
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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!
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466 Queen St S, Kitchener, Ontario N2G 1W7, Canada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Schneider Haus greatly exceeded our expectations. Not only was the house impressive and the artifacts interesting but the staff were "over the top" enthusiastic, knowledgeable, helpful and patient. Our 10 year old granddaughter was particularly impressed; not an easy feat.More

Thank Brian S
Carolyn B, Historic Sites Supervisor at Schneider Haus National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

It is great to hear that we exceeded your expectations on your recent visit and especially that your 10 year old granddaughter enjoyed her time at Schneider Haus. Thank you for your comments about our staff. I'll be sure to let them know how much...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our Japanese student friend enjoyed his visit to Schneider House in July 2016. He learned about the Mennonite immigration from America to Canada and the frugal lifestyle that the people endured especially in Canadian winter. Each time we bring a guest to Schneider House, we...More

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Carolyn B, Historic Sites Supervisor at Schneider Haus National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We're pleased your friend from Japan enjoyed visiting Schneider Haus in July. Thank you for continuing to bring your guests and sharing your positive experiences with us. We look forward to seeing you again!

Reviewed 23 July 2017

The pieces of art that you will see in this fabric venue are amazing. They are submitted by artists across Canada. We easily spent 2 hours at this exhibit, savouring each piece and admiring the variety of materials used and the quilting that enhanced the...More

Thank Myrna S
Carolyn B, Historic Sites Supervisor at Schneider Haus National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2017

Thank you for your kind words about the exhibit "Oh! Canada" The Grand National Quilt Show. We're pleased you enjoyed it. The works are truly amazing. The exhibit is on until September 3, 2017.

Reviewed 18 July 2017

It was just dumb luck that got us there after a school tour, but we had the whole place to ourselves with two very friendly, helpful knowledgeable tour guides dressed in traditional 19th century Mennonite wear who showed us every inch of the place, and...More

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Carolyn B, Historic Sites Supervisor at Schneider Haus National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2017

I'm pleased you enjoyed your recent visit to Schneider Haus. The wonderful Oh! Canada quilt exhibit you mentioned is on until September 3, 2017. Thank you so much for the kind words.

Reviewed 10 July 2017

This is a great little find. Lots of history of the Mennonite settlement of the area and the migration from Pennsylvania. Costumed guides are well trained and have much above average historical knowledge. At the time of my visit, the adjacent gallery had the national...More

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Carolyn B, Historic Sites Supervisor at Schneider Haus National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2017

Thank you for sharing your great experience here at Schneider Haus. The Oh! Canada Grand National Quilt show is on until September 3, 2017.

Reviewed 19 April 2017

Take your family and friends to experience pioneer life of the Mennonite community. The Haus features exhibits along with talks, workshops and information about the Joseph Schneider family. Lovely quilts displays and other craft exhibits. Also the gardens are interesting.More

Thank billmarionm
Carolyn B, Historic Sites Supervisor at Schneider Haus National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2017

Thanks for the kind words! And for mentioning all the things to do and see here at Schneider Haus including visiting the gardens. We have a four square traditional Mennonite garden on site as well as a "schtick" garden across the street that contains some...More

Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

We all remember going here for school field trips in elementary school if you grew up in KW. It's still as fascinating and educational as it was. Kids will not get bored as its very interactive with the staffMore

1  Thank Mike R
Carolyn B, Historic Sites Supervisor at Schneider Haus National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2017

It is great to know that long ago field trips to Schneider Haus are still remembered. We continue to offer education programs for school groups but as you mentioned this national historic site is always an interactive experience for everyone who visits. Check out our...More

Reviewed 23 December 2016

- Visited this great place more than three times in the last few years - Full of interesting things to learn about pioneers and first settlers in town - Very educational for little children

Thank Arnie101
Carolyn B, Historic Sites Supervisor at Schneider Haus National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2017

Thanks! I'm pleased you and your family have enjoyed all your visits. We try to offer a variety of activities all through the year so that you can experience something different at Schneider Haus on every visit.

Reviewed 27 October 2016

Excellent historical interpretation for all to see. Great for schools and families alike. Parking across the street. Open year round with different activities to share.

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Carolyn B, Historic Sites Supervisor at Schneider Haus National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2017

Thank you so much for sharing your experience at Schneider Haus National Historic Site. Check out our website for all the great activities and programs we offer.

Reviewed 16 October 2016

To be honest, I only came here because the Woodside National Historic Site, which I was planning to visit, was closed. What a find! This was much better than I expected. The 200-year-old house is fascinating (furnishings and building techniques), the other buildings on the...More

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Antoinette D, Manager at Schneider Haus National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2016

Thank you for your review of Joseph Schneider Haus Museum. We're very pleased to hear that we exceeded your expectations and hope to see you here again soon! Antoinette Duplessis/Historic Sites Supervisor

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lurobe6
14 June 2017|
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Response from Carolyn B | Property representative |
I'm sorry I didn't see your question earlier. School buses and coach tours can drop off passengers on David Street. Then you walk up the path to the haus.
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