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The Mennonite Story

The Mennonite Story endeavours to creatively and respectfully share history and culture while fostering conversation and reflection from a faith perspective.


This multimedia, wheelchair accessible, interpretive centre continues to spark the interest of some 26,000 diverse visitors from Canada and more than 65 countries who visit annually.


Located centrally in the village of St Jacobs next to the post office.


Learn Find Out Discover Reflect

Come learn about Mennonite people at this must-see facility in the village of St. Jacobs.



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Mennonite Story Front of Building


Your multi-media journey begins with a video entitled ‘The Old Order’. Then browse an informative exhibit of photos, artifacts and displays that describe the history, culture and religion of Mennonites yesterday and today - here and around the world.









The Old Order

Learn about the Old Order, whose buggies you may pass on your way here. You’ll see why they resist parts of modern life that the rest of us can’t seem to do without.

Early Beginnings

Find out about the Mennonites’ early beginnings in Europe –
how they came out of the 16th century Protestant Reformation and why they were hunted down and persecuted.









Mennonite Story Cave  

Who is My Neighbour?

Discover how they’ve flourished and grown to a global family of 1.5 million members in 75 countries, and how their desire to be faithful Christians and good neighbours have led them to acts of compassion, reconciliation and peace.

Mennonite Worship

Step into a replica of an Old Order meetinghouse, and get a flavour of the many ways Mennonites around the world worship together.


Pause to consider your own life’s journey and how you can help create a future of hope and peace for yourself, your family, community and your planet.




Visitor Information

Free maps and brochures of local and area attractions available.

Visitor Centre -The Mennonite Story

1406 King Street North, St. Jacobs, Ontario, Canada. N0B 2N0

For more information and other inquiries:

Phone: 519-664-3518



April – December: Monday to Saturday 11 am - 5 pm, Sunday 1:30 - 5 pm
January – March: Saturday 11 am - 4:30 pm, Sunday 2 - 4:30 pm



By donation. Group visits by appointment and include a guided tour.

  • General donation $5.00 per person.
  • Group guided tours are available by appointment.
  • Step on guide country-side tours also available by appointment


French , Mandarin, Arabic, Dutch, German, Japanese, Korean and Spanish through handheld acoustiguides.









Click through to Canada Helps to assist us in continuing to tell the story. The Mennonite Story operates entirely with the help of volunteers and your donations. A charitable receipt will be processed upon making the donation.



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Useful Links and Information

Local Mennonite Churches


St Jacobs Mennonite


Elmira Mennonite

Waterloo North Mennonite


Mennonite Organizations & Resources


Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)

Mennonite World Conference

Conrad Grebel Library and Archives

Mennonite Historical Society

Mennonite Conference of Eastern Canada

Mennonite Economic Development Associates




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