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

Strategic Priorities
In many respects it’s rather quiet at Mennonite Heritage Village (MHV) at this time of year. Tourists are spending time in warmer locations. Schools are busy in classrooms and are waiting for warmer weather to plan their field trips. Other than... more

By Barry Dyck

Five Hundred Years
Last Sunday the Steinbach Mennonite Brethren Church, my home congregation, celebrated its ninetieth anniversary. In providing the audience with a brief historical background of the church, Walter Fast referred back to the beginning of the... more

By Barry Dyck

2016 in Review
As is usually the case at Mennonite Heritage Village (MHV), 2016 was a good year in some respects and a difficult year in others.
Exhibits
The Gerhard Ens gallery exhibits were highlights for us. Our curatorial staff created a wonderful... more

A Virtual Collection project manager Anikó Szabó and MHV’s Assistant Curator Alexandra Kroeger putting the pendulum on one of MHV’s Mandtler clocks.

By Alexandra Kroeger, Assistant Curator

The Curatorial Department at Mennonite Heritage Village (MHV) recently participated in a... more

By Glen Klassen (MHV Board Member)

The Clear Springs Settlers
*When Dominion surveyor Thomas Cheesman was laying out Township 7-6E in 1872, he found three cabins already there on uncharted bushland. One of them, perched on the bank of a small creek, belonged to Thomas and... more

The Village Voice

Upcoming Events

Village grounds and Livery Barn Restaurant closed for the season.
Re-opening May 1, 2017

Register early to enjoy a round of golf with your friends. Lunch, prizes, and dinner included. Call for more details.

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.

Beyond Tradition: The Lives of Mennonite Women

November 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017
Gerhard Ens Gallery

This year MHV will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in Manitoba by focusing on the stories of Mennonite women. Beyond Tradition: The Lives of Mennonite Women tells the stories of those who went beyond their traditional roles as wives and mothers. These women worked outside the home when this was still unusual, sought a larger role in the church, influenced the decision of when to immigrate and where to settle, and built their own families, communities, and careers.

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.