Life Upstairs

Stories from Brubacher House's live-in hosts


With over four decades of collective memories, there are many untold stories from the live-in custodians and hosts of Brubacher House. 

Through these stories you will discover the challenges that come with living in an 1850s house, as well as the family life and special occasions that were celebrated there. You will also learn about the famous or interesting visitors that stopped by for a tour, the drastic alterations to the University of Waterloo’s North Campus landscape, and the hosts’ experiences of Canada at Columbia Lake.

Upstairs Apartment

Changing through the years.

This Old House

In an old house there are plenty of memorable mishaps and different kinds of rodents.

Canada Day

A day of tours and front row seats to the entertainment and fireworks.


Significant milestones and special occasions at Brubacher House.

Family Life Through the Seasons

Life in and around the museum throughout the year through the eyes of the hosts.

Visitors of Interest

The most memorable visitors, as well as some of the questions asked during visits.

Changes on North Campus

Hosts have witnessed dramatic changes to the surrounding landscape of the University of Waterloo's North Campus.

Harvesting at Brubacher House

From maple syrup in the spring to the fall vegetable harvest, there is always lots of locally grown food to eat.


After living at a museum, the live-in hosts have many fond memories of their time at Brubacher House.