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
  • 1. Cultural Stewardship - Our mission as a museum is to collect and preserve artifacts and stories and to use these to teach our guests the significance of the Russian Mennonite History.
  • 2. Organizational Sustainability - In order for the organization to flourish today and in the future we need to be intentional in anticipating the challenges to growth and addressing them proactively.
  • 3. Financial Health - Financial health is critical to the organization remaining functional.
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: 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 11:30 am to 5 pm

July - August:

Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 6 pm
Sunday: 11:30 am to 6 pm

October- April

Monday - Friday: 9 am - 5 pm
Outdoor buildings are closed.*

December 24, 2016 to January 8 2017

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 Barry Dyck

“Who are your parents?”
When I am introduced to people who have a few more years behind their belts than I do, I’m frequently asked that question we’ve likely all been asked at one time or another: “So who are your parents?” And because I grew up in the Burwalde... more

By Barry Dyck

Volunteerism
Our Education Program’s summer staff members, Jaycia Koop and Nia Rogers, have completed their work at Mennonite Heritage Village (MHV) for the 2016 season. Both are students so are back at school. They served MHV very capably and adapted well to our... more

By Barry Dyck

Fall on the Farm
The last “festival” event of our 2016 season has now taken place at Mennonite Heritage Village (MHV). After our Canada Day celebrations, then Pioneer Days on the August long weekend, Fall on the Farm has once again completed our trio of annual MHV... more

By Barry Dyck

Signature Museums
This week a couple of my online news feeds informed me that the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre has been appointed to the province’s Signature Museums Program. This program, administered by the Historic Resources Branch of the Department of... more

By Barry Dyck

Signature Museums
This week a couple of my online news feeds informed me that the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre has been appointed to the province’s Signature Museums Program. This program, administered by the Historic Resources Branch of the Department of... more

The Village Voice

Upcoming Events

MHV Auxiliary Fundraising Dinner - "Beyond Tradition"
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Special Guest Speaker - The Honorable Janice C. Filmon, C.M., O.M. Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Punch reception 6:00 pm, dinner 6:30 pm
Tickets $75 or $600 for a table for 8

Village grounds and Livery Barn Restaurant closed for the season.

Village Books and Gifts is open Monday to Friday 9 – 5 - October 1st – April 30th

Closed for Thanksgiving

Put a little history in your Christmas stocking this year. You do not want to miss our Christmas Extravaganza event on Saturday, November 26. See you there.

Current Exhibits

Beyond Tradition: The Lives of Women We Know by the SRSS Advanced Photography Class

June 13, 2016 to April 30, 2017
The Auditorium Gallery

This series of photo essays by the SRSS Advanced Photography Class celebrates the extraordinary women in these students' lives.

Along the Road to Freedom

August 9, 2016 to October 12, 2016
Gerhard Ens Gallery

Exhibit Opening: Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Everyone Welcome! Free Admission for the Evening!

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.