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 Jaycia Koop, Education Program Coordinator

This year’s first session of Pioneer Day Camp at Mennonite Heritage Village (MHV) was a great success! The camp ran July 11-15 for 5- to 8-year-olds. Each day, all participants were able to dress up in costumes that we have here at the... more

By Barry Dyck

Museum Governance
It is not uncommon to be asked, “Who owns Mennonite Heritage Village (MHV)?” This is a reasonable question, in light of the size and complexity of our museum and the fact that museums are often owned by municipal governments. However, MHV is... more

By Barry Dyck

Faith and History
We are grateful for the many generous financial donations we have been receiving recently. This week one of those gifts was accompanied by a card in which the donor expressed gratitude for the work we do at Mennonite Heritage Village (MHV) and... more

Agnes (Fast) Anderson, in carriage to the left, and siblings, unknown date. Photo courtesy of Preservings magazine.

By Alexandra Kroeger, Assistant Curator

As you might have heard, we opened our new exhibit, Beyond Tradition: The Lives of Mennonite Women, on Monday, June 13th in... more

By Barry Dyck

Waffles & Vanilla Sauce
Our Mennonite Heritage Village (MHV) Auxiliary has made MHV waffles and vanilla sauce popular here at the museum. This rare treat is typically served only on our festival days, such as Canada Day, Pioneer Days, and Fall on the Farm. So... more

The Village Voice

Upcoming Events

Relive your past through a variety of pioneer activities and demonstrations, steam powered threshing, music and entertainment, kid's activities daily, and lots of good food and fun! Our biggest event of the year!

Join us on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at Mennonite Heritage Village as we unveil Along the Road to Freedom, a new temporary exhibit by artist Ray Dirks, curator at the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery.

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

Experience harvest work, steam powered threshing, a variety of pioneer demonstrations, hog butchering, music and entertainment, and lots of hearty food.

This fundraising event is in conjunction with Open Farm Day. Dinner will be served at 5:30 pm on September 18, 2016. Dinner will be held in the auditorium this year. Seating is limited, reserve yours prior to September 9, 2016. Tickets are $30.

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

Village grounds and Livery Barn Restaurant closed for the season.

Closed for Thanksgiving

Current Exhibits

Beyond Tradition: The Lives of Mennonite Women

June 13, 2016 to August 1, 2016
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.

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.

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.