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 25, 2015 to January 11, 2016

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 Alexandra Kroeger, Assistant Curator

We have just received our first donation of the new year, a 1753 three-Pfennig coin from Münster, Germany. In 1753 there weren't any Mennonites in the city of Münster, as the group now known as Russian Mennonites were in Prussia at the time, and... more

By Barry Dyck

It’s unlikely that anyone would be surprised to learn that Mennonite Heritage Village (MHV) is a member of the Mennonite Historical Society of Canada (MHSC). This society is made up of six provincially based Mennonite historical societies, Mennonite denominational... more

By Barry Dyck

Klaas Reimer built Steinbach’s first General Store in 1884, ten years after the first group of Mennonites arrived in this area. It causes one to speculate how people purchased supplies, food and other items, during those ten years. A trip to Winnipeg with an ox cart or... more

By Barry Dyck

One of my Christmas gifts this year was a book by Sarah Klassen, The Wittenbergs: A Novel. This 400-page volume is very engaging, as the setting moves from the late 20th century to the early 20th century and back again many times.
A pivotal character, Marie... more

By Barry Dyck

Year in Review
After a year of 50th Anniversary celebrations, we had expected that 2015 might be a quieter year, but that was not the case. With a new exhibit to be designed, staff to be hired and trained, heritage facilities to be maintained, festival and... more

The Village Voice

Upcoming Events

Celebrate Manitoba’s 146th birthday at Mennonite Heritage Village. There will be a short program at 9:30am at the Steamer Shelter, speeches by dignitaries and local government officials, and flag raising ceremony. $2.00 admission day.

Come see antique and restored show vehicles displayed on our village streets. The day is organized by the Steinbach Lions Club.

7th Annual MHV/Eden Tractor Trek fundraiser. Register a tractor and enjoy a leisurely ride through the countryside with friends.

Enjoy fresh homemade waffles and vanilla sauce at the MHV booth on Steinbach's Main Street.

Special Canada Day ceremony and birthday cake. Enjoy tours and lunch in the Livery Barn Restaurant.Free admission.

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!

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. Seating is limited, reserve yours prior to September 9, 2016.

Current Exhibits

Mennonite Food: Tastes in Transition

June 8, 2015 to March 31, 2016
Gerhard Ens Gallery

The exhibit Food: Tastes in Transition will depict and provide a significant, though often overlooked, context to Mennonite heritage in Manitoba through the lens of an ever changing food tradition. This exhibit will be on display throughout 2015 as the centerpiece of MHV’s annual theme on Mennonite food.

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.