Posted On Thursday July 16, 2020

The City of Waterloo Museum is ready to reopen its doors and welcome back visitors. 

What: Back 2 Basics REBOOT: Timely pieces from the collection
Where: City of Waterloo Museum, located at Conestoga Mall (near the food court)
When: July 28 to June 18, 2021 

When the global pandemic was declared, consumer habits shifted drastically as a new reality took hold. The sudden disruption in our routines shifted to survival, and triggered us to reevaluate what we had been entitled to, and seek out the basics. The change was strongly centered among the necessities of life such as food and beverage and health and wellness. 

Our homes took on new meaning, and the more time we spent at home, a desire to be self-sufficient took root. Back to baking, preserving, unscheduled family time, dusting off our bikes, gardening, homeschooling, staying connected, and buying local made items are some of the ways we directed our survival focus. We fundamentally started living different lives. Many of us turned to virtual experiences to learn how to DIY during self-isolation.  This survival instinct is the focus of the City of Waterloo Museum’s new exhibit Back 2 Basics Reboot: Timely pieces from our collection. The exhibit examines the trends and changes in our behavior during this sustained period of staying in. The museum staff have looked at our emerging activities and trends throughout the pandemic, and cleverly assembled the historic equivalent from our collection. Each object is timely and historic offering a reboot to redefining the new normal.


About the City of Waterloo Museum 

Popular for ever-changing exhibitions and offering access to Waterloo’s premier shopping centre (Conestoga Mall) at its doorstep, the City of Waterloo Museum explores the hometown history of Waterloo and the stories we have to share. The City of Waterloo Museum is the place to discover an array of historical objects, art and artifacts that tell the story of Waterloo from its founding in 1806 to the present day. The museum features a main gallery containing fabulous items from its sizeable holdings of over 15,000 objects, including the restored 1919 Pierce Arrow Seagram Whisky delivery truck, and provides various elements to learn about and celebrate all things Waterloo!


Exhibition hours are: 

Monday to Friday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Admission is always free.


COVID-19 pandemic protocols 

Anyone who is unwell, has a temperature, left Canada over the last 14 days or has been exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 is asked to not visit the museum.

As part of the provincial directive for museums, visitors are required to register when they arrive. In addition:

  • Visitors will be required to wear a face covering;
  • A member of the museum team will greet visitors upon their arrival; and
  • Signage and physical distancing markers will be posted. Please adhere to these guidelines.


 For more information, please call Karen VandenBrink, manager, museum & archival collections at 519-885-8828 or visit


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Media contact:

Shelly Reed
Communications consultant