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

A New Book
A new Mennonite history book is being produced at Mennonite Heritage Village (MHV). A Collected History: Mennonite Heritage Village will go to press early in November and will be available to the public in early December.
The vision for the book... more

By Nita Wiebe and Barry Dyck

Village Books & Gifts
My favourite time of year is Autumn. Heat waves are over and the road trips are done. The back to school shopping has been accomplished and classes are in session. Crimson trees and golden shrubs have replaced the greens of... more

By Anne Toews

At the end of every summer season we have an appreciation evening for our volunteers. This year the appreciation evening will be on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM in the Village Centre Auditorium. The theme chosen for this years’ event, “A Year to Celebrate,” is to... more

By Jessica McKague

New Donation – Child’s Bed Frame from Russia
Food, blankets, tools and clothing; whatever one could carry. In the confusion and danger of the Russian Revolution in 1917 and the civil war that followed, many Mennonite families were forced to leave everything... more

By Barry Dyck

Culture Days
At Mennonite Heritage Village (MHV) we celebrate culture every day. So it seems logical that we would participate in Culture Days, a national celebration of culture taking place this weekend. Across the country, many community organizations will be... more

The Village Voice

Upcoming Events

Located in the MHV Auditorium from 7pm-8pm.

Located in the MHV Auditorium from 7pm-8pm.

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.

Celebrating Culture in our Community

September 2, 2014 to December 18, 2015
Art Hall

The Mennonite Heritage Village and the Steinbach Arts Council have partnered to celebrate the visual arts in the local community through a partnership exhibit in a momentous year - that of the Mennonite Heritage Village's 50th Anniversary and the Steinbach Arts Council's 35th Anniversary! The works of four local artists will be on display: Kim Gwozdz, Helen Banman, Melanie Penner, and Don Hoeppner. Each of these artists has made a significant contribution to our arts community and we honor them for that in our anniversary celebrations!

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.