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COVID-19 health and safety protocols(as of May 1, 2023):

All Brubacher House visitors are encouraged to:  

  • Wear a mask while indoors
  • Self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before your visit. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or think you were exposed to the virus you should do the Ontario self-assessment to get advice on what to do and whether you should stay home.
  • Avoid touching museum furnishings and artifacts.

Please note that Brubacher House may limit site access and tour length in order to enable physical distancing as needed. Our protocols may also change as the COVID-19 situation and University of Waterloo policy evolve. Click here for up-to-date information on COVID-19 at the University of Waterloo. 

Why visit Brubacher House

  • Become acquainted with the Pennsylvania German heritage of Waterloo County
  • Learn firsthand from knowledgeable tour guides about the life of a Pennsylvania German Mennonite family during the mid-nineteenth century
  • See an authentic depiction of a Pennsylvania German farm home in Waterloo County during the 1850-90 period
  • Watch a video depicting the history of Mennonites in Waterloo County

For a taste of what you will experience during your visit to Brubacher House, check out this YouTube video from Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region 2020.

Old Brubacher house


Brubacher House is located on Frank Tompa Drive, on the University of Waterloo's North Campus inside the David Johnston Research + Technology Park. 

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Driving: Turn west from roundabout at Hagey Boulevard and Frank Tompa Drive to reach gravel parking lot at end of road. 

Public transit: Take ION to Research & Technology Station. Walk or cycle to Brubacher House: head south toward Laurel Trail, turn left onto Laurel Trail, turn right onto Frank Tompa Drive, continue straight at the roundabout to stay on Frank Tompa Drive (1.1 km / 13 min. walk). 

See Grand River Transit Trip Planner for alternative public transit options, including bus routes. 

Cycling/Walking: From Laurel Trail, head west on Frank Tompa Drive to reach Brubacher House at end of road. 


Brubacher House strives to provide inclusive museum experiences, and hosts will work with visitors to accommodate specific accessibility needs when possible.  

The museum includes three floors, and is not wheelchair accessible. The grounds and pathways may also be a barrier to those with limited mobility. 

Service animals are welcome in the museum and grounds. Pets, however, are not permitted.

For questions, comments, or more information on museum accessibility, please contact us:

Tel: 519-886-3855


Car and bicycle parking

Free 24-hour car parking available in gravel lot beside Brubacher House. 

Outdoor bicycle rack available near museum basement entrance. Ask hosts about secure bicycle parking during your tour. 

Outdoor photography

Brubacher House offers a beautiful and unique backdrop for wedding, family, and event photos. We generally welcome respectful use of the museum grounds for photography but require that you contact us in advance to request permission. Donations to our program are welcome.