Welcome

Hitch your horses and pack your luggage for a harrowing tale of migration and settlement at the Mennonite Heritage Village. Travel through time to a turn-of-the century Russian Mennonite street village on our 40 acre site, taste traditional Mennonite fare at the museum’s Livery Barn Restaurant, and explore a classic Mennonite housebarn and a fully operational Dutch windmill during our summer season. View historic and heirloom treasures from Poland and Russia to Canada, displayed in the permanent and Gerhard Ens galleries, and find that perfect souvenir at Village Books and Gifts, all open year-round in the Village Centre.

There is always something new to experience. With changing annual themes and temporary exhibits celebrating the Mennonite heritage and culture, new artifacts donated each year, and a broad range of activities and demonstrations, from wagon rides to bread baking, throughout the summer on our Festival days, this bustling village offers fresh experiences with each visit.

Mission / Vision / Values

Mission Statement

To preserve and exhibit, for present and future generations, the experience and story of the Russian Mennonites and their contributions to Manitoba.

Vision Statement

MHV will be the premier interpretive centre for the Russian Mennonite story.

Strategic Priorities
  • To engage future generations
  • To be a world class tourist attraction
  • To provide quality education related to our mission
  • To achieve financial health
Core Values

MHV is governed by the following values:
Integrity - Respect - Excellence - Financial Sustainability - Environmental Responsibility
Visitor / Customer Friendly - Member Owned - Teamwork

Hours of Operation

May, June, and September

Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday: noon to 5 pm

July - August:

Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday: noon to 6 pm

October- April

Monday - Friday: 10 am - 4 pm
Outdoor buildings are closed.*

December 22, 2012 to January 6, 2013

Closed

The outdoor buildings are closed from October to April. Reduced admission is in effect. If they are opened by arrangement for a large group, regular admission prices apply.

The museum may be closed due to severe weather conditions. To avoid disappointment please call ahead.

Admission

Admission Rates
Adults $10.00
Seniors (65 and older) $8.00
Students (ages 13-22) $8.00
Children (ages 6-12) $4.00
Children (ages 5 & under) FREE
Purchase an All-Day Family* Pass $30.00
Annual Individual Membership**
(Season-long admission)
$40.00
Annual Family* Membership**
Season-long admission)
$80.00
Lifetime $500.00

*Family is defined as parents and their children under 18.
**Membership entitles you to vote at our annual general meeting, and gives you FREE or reduced admission to FIVE other Signature Museums in Manitoba:

  • Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum — Brandon,
  • Manitoba Agricultural Museum — Austin,
  • New Iceland Heritage Museum — Gimli,
  • St. Boniface Museum — Winnipeg,
  • Western Canada Aviation Museum — Winnipeg.

News

By Jessica McKague

Donation from CO
From early in their history, Mennonites have held beliefs against participation in war and military service. Menno Simons, their founding leader, said; "The regenerated do not go to war, nor engage in strife. They are the children of peace who... more

By Barry Dyck

Waffles
For many people who grew up in a Mennonite home, waffles and vanilla sauce were a common treat. In many cases the waffles were a circle of five heart-shaped sections. But it was the white vanilla-sauce topping that made those waffles extra special.
... more

By Barry Dyck

Tractor Trek
Vintage tractor owners and operators (including myself) began arriving at Mennonite Heritage Village (MHV) at 7:00 AM last Saturday morning. After our tractors were lined up for departure, we headed to the Livery Barn Restaurant for a hearty buffet... more

By Barry Dyck

Artifact Restored
It’s always exciting to bring an old artifact “back to life.” This happened recently with an old hay wagon that had fallen into a state of disrepair.
The information we have suggests that this wagon was used to feed horses at gatherings... more

By Barry Dyck

Education Program
May and June are the busiest months for our education program. Presumably these are prime months for school field trips. This year we hosted 976 students from 26 schools in the month of May. That’s an increase of 99 students and 3 schools over last... more

The Village Voice

Upcoming Events

Experience harvest work, hearty food, corn on the cob, music, hog butchering, and pioneer demonstrations.

Please see poster or call Natashia at 326-9661 ext. 228 for more details.

Village grounds and Livery Barn Restaurant closed for season.

Closed for Thanksgiving.

If you have volunteered at MHV this year, you are invited to attend. No formal invitations will be mailed or emailed.

Enjoy a traditional turkey meal located in MHV auditorium. $15/ticket.

Experience the true meaning of Christmas as the story of old is presented nightly in the stable by an outdoor nativity with live animals. Enjoy sleigh rides, fire pit, and activities for the whole family.

Closed for Christmas/New Years

Current Exhibits

The Mennonite Heritage Village at 50

February 3, 2014 to December 31, 2014
The Auditorium Gallery

This exhibit will explore the fifty years of the museum, with all its changes, thousands of volunteers, and hundreds of thousands of visitors.
You'll be amazed at how we've grown!

A Growing Community Collection, 50 Years

February 3, 2014 to December 31, 2014
Gerhard Ens Gallery

In 2014 the Mennonite Heritage Village celebrates its 50th Anniversary. We thought we should exhibit our collection of nearly 16,000 artifacts! We're going all out, and we're going to pack our Gerhard Ens Gallery with a pile of great pieces with fascinating stories. After all, this exhibit is about collecting, and we've been doing this for 50 years. We can't fit them all, but we can sure try.

A Whiteshell Study: Photography by Jeff Hildebrand

June 2, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Art Hall

Calendar of Events

Visitors are welcome to enjoy a self-guided tour.
Please allow 1½ to 2 hours to benefit from the full experience.

On event days, and on certain other days when they have been arranged in advance, Horse-drawn Wagon Rides are available on the village grounds. (Rides can be prearranged for special occasions, groups or tours)

We encourage people to enjoy their experience with us but to work with us to assure safety and the preservation of our museum. We ask you to refrain from smoking except in designated areas and to work with us in matters of safety.