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

The Last Objectors
Usually once a year the Mennonite Heritage Village (MHV) Auxiliary stages a Film Night as a fundraising event for our museum. These films typically cover a particular aspect of Russian Mennonite history. The next such event will take place on... more

By Barry Dyck

The Flag Story
Several years ago one of our faithful volunteers approached me on the grounds of the Mennonite Heritage Village (MHV) and reported that our Union Jack flag at the Barkfield School was being flown upside down. This greatly concerned me, because I had... more

By Barry Dyck

It’s March!
I asked my colleagues at coffee break this morning if anyone had an idea for a Village News column. One of them astutely said, “Well, it’s March!” My first response was that I might need just a little more information to make this work. But I was left to... more

By Barry Dyck

Community Generosity
News stories in the Steinbach media this week reported that in 2015 Southeastern Manitoba communities have once again demonstrated particular generosity by way of charitable giving. According to a Steinbachonline article, there are nine... more

The Provisional Government of 1869-70, with Louis Riel in the middle. Photograph courtesy of Library and Archives Canada, via Wikipedia.

By Alexandra Kroeger, MHV Assistant Curator

This week we have celebrated the life and death of one of Manitoba's most famous historical... more

The Village Voice

Upcoming Events

The Last Objectors Film Night Fundraiser
April 6, 2017 the MHV Auxiliary presents the CBC Documentary The Last Objectors, plus stories from womens' perspectives.
7 pm
MHV Auditorium
$12 admission
Donations requested as well

Closed for Good Friday

Do you love meeting people? Do you like all things historical? Than we have an opportunity for you. Mennonite Heritage Village is currently seeking volunteers in all capacities. This is a great place to work. Go back in time and share your story with over 40,000 visitors from around the world.

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

Outdoor village and Livery Barn Restaurant open for the season.

Manitoba Day ceremony. Watch our website for more details.

Take mom out for a Mennonite feast at the Livery Barn Restaurant.

Heritage Classic Car Show & Swap Meet
June 4, 2017
Show Hours: 11 am - 4 pm
Swap Meet: 11 am - 4 pm
Registration: 7:30 am - 12:30 pm
Breakfast: 8 am - 10:30 am
Chapel Service: 10:30 am
Live Band: 2 pm - 3 pm
Wagon Rides: 1 pm - 2:30 pm

8th Annual MHV/Eden Tractor Trek fundraiser. Register a tractor and enjoy a leisurely ride through the countryside with friends.

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.