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 22, 2012 to January 6, 2013

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

Fall on the Farm
Our final summer festival, Fall on the Farm, takes place on Monday, September 1, from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. This is a one-day event to remember and celebrate autumn activities in pioneer times.
One of those activities that quickly comes to... more

By Barry Dyck

Education Program
While our Education Program for children and young people is available year round, it is most active May through August. This summer our Education Program team consisted of Coordinator Angela Neufeld and her assistant, Blayne Stobbe. Angela and... more

By Jessica McKague

The Mennonite Heritage Village (MHV) collection of artifacts includes a matchbook from Steinbach’s former Tourist Hotel. Since the Rural Municipality (RM) of Hanover recently discovered it had never been a “dry” municipality after all, Karen Black from Country 107.7... more

By Barry Dyck

Pioneer Days
Immediately following Pioneer Days, our four-day Signature Festival, we do a lot of informal evaluation, as well as a formal evaluation of the event. In addition to our own observations we consider suggestions made by guests throughout the weekend.... more

By Barry Dyck

World War I
This week marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, sometimes referred to as The Great War. On July 28, 1914, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, setting events in motion.
Mennonites still living in Russia at that time... more

The Village Voice

Upcoming Events

Experience harvest work, hearty food, corn on the cob, music, hog butchering, and pioneer demonstrations.

Please see poster or call Natashia at 326-9661 ext. 228 for more details.

Village grounds and Livery Barn Restaurant closed for season.

Closed for Thanksgiving.

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

Enjoy a traditional turkey meal located in MHV auditorium. $15/ticket.

Experience the true meaning of Christmas as the story of old is presented nightly in the stable by an outdoor nativity with live animals. Enjoy sleigh rides, fire pit, and activities for the whole family.

Closed for Christmas/New Years

Current Exhibits

The Mennonite Heritage Village at 50

February 3, 2014 to December 31, 2014
The Auditorium Gallery

This exhibit will explore the fifty years of the museum, with all its changes, thousands of volunteers, and hundreds of thousands of visitors.
You'll be amazed at how we've grown!

A Growing Community Collection, 50 Years

February 3, 2014 to December 31, 2014
Gerhard Ens Gallery

In 2014 the Mennonite Heritage Village celebrates its 50th Anniversary. We thought we should exhibit our collection of nearly 16,000 artifacts! We're going all out, and we're going to pack our Gerhard Ens Gallery with a pile of great pieces with fascinating stories. After all, this exhibit is about collecting, and we've been doing this for 50 years. We can't fit them all, but we can sure try.

A Whiteshell Study: Photography by Jeff Hildebrand

June 2, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Art Hall

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.