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 Barry Dyck

“Winter” on the Farm
The Victoria Day long weekend used to be one of my favourite times of the year. What could be better than a three-day weekend at the time of year when spring is turning to summer? The grass is green but still short. The days are long but not too... more

By Barry Dyck

Spring at the Museum
Every year on May 12, we at Mennonite Heritage Village (MHV) celebrate Manitoba’s birthday. On that day in 1870, Manitoba became a province by an act of the Parliament of Canada and Royal Assent. In commemoration of that historic event, May 12... more

By Barry Dyck

The Familiar and the New
I hope no one will be surprised to learn that May 1 was opening day for the summer season at Mennonite Heritage Village (MHV). This happens every year on the same day. The Village is now open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through... more

By Jessica McKague

Setting up the Village
Readying our historical village for the summer season is a great undertaking. Curtains, bedding, and tablecloths are laundered and ironed; straw mattresses are fluffed; floors are swept and windows are washed. With help from Erna Friesen... more

By Barry Dyck

Annual General Meeting
Approximately 40 members attended the Annual General Meeting of Mennonite Heritage Village at the museum on April 7. Willie Peters, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, filling in for a convalescing John Klippenstein, led the assembled... more

The Village Voice

Upcoming Events

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

5th 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.

Take dad or grandpa out for a Mennonite feast at the Livery Barn Restaurant.

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

Open for children ages 5-8. Limited space available. Early registration discount available.

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!

For children ages 9-12. Limited space available. Early registration discount available.

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

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

Current Exhibits

A Growing Community Collection: 50 Years

January 1, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Gerhard Ens Gallery

"Food for Thought" by SRSS Advanced Photography Students

May 4, 2015 to September 30, 2015
The Auditorium Gallery

Photographers: Allison Wiebe, Juls Bergmann, Rayeil Chua, Caroline Seale, Megan Kis, Tommy Mueller, Brooklyn Gigolyk, Brayden Epp, Elizabeth Anna Winter, and Cherise Hiebert

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.