Exhibiting Excellence: Winnipeg’s Celebrated Museums

More than 35 museums and heritage sites in Winnipeg celebrate the historical and cultural heritage of the city. Winnipeg’s many museums provide a rich reflection of Manitoba, the Prairies and Canada. 

The segment is growing, thanks largely to the addition of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Winnipeg is also home to The Manitoba Museum, the province’s largest not-for-profit heritage and science centre, which offers a vivid portrayal of Manitoba’s rich and colourful history, planetarium shows and science gallery exhibits. 

Winnipeg offers diverse museums celebrating aboriginal history and culture, francophone culture, Ukrainian heritage, Chinese heritage, Mennonite heritage and other cultural expressions that have shaped Winnipeg.

If you’re a die-hard history buff, you’ll love living in Winnipeg. So Get Centred and Go Flat Out by immersing yourself in the city’s many provocative museums.

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Winnipeg is proud to be home to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR). The CMHR is the first-ever federal museum to be located outside of National Capital Region. Its purpose is to engage visitors to learn, reflect and discuss human rights issues that people have faced throughout the years in Canada and across the world.

The site of the CMHR—The Forks—is truly fitting. For over 6,000 years, First Nations people have gathered at The Forks, a National Historical Site featuring 50 unique shops and restaurants.

The Manitoba Museum

The Manitoba Museum is an award-winning heritage and edutainment centre welcoming thousands of visitors each year.  Winner of the Michelin Green Guide’s top award—designated ‘Worth the Trip’—the museum features an ever-changing variety of touring and specialty exhibits. Permanent exhibits include nine interpretive galleries, a science gallery and one of only five planetariums in Canada. 

Other Museums and Heritage Sites

Air Force Heritage Museum and Air Park

The Air Force Heritage Museum and Air Park is the largest air park in Canada and includes mounted military aircraft from the history of Canada’s air force. Situated on the ground floor of 1 Canadian Air Division headquarters (the Bishop Building), the museum is free and contains many outstanding exhibits of national significance.

Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site

The Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site is a restored 19th-century fort where costumed staff recreates the 1850s in the Red River Valley. Visitors can meet the governor of the Hudson’s Bay Company as he strolls through his garden, barter with the company clerk, sit in a tipi and listen to the whispers of ancient legends.

Manitoba Historical Society Dalnavert Museum

The Manitoba Historical Society Dalnavert Museum (MHS Dalnavert) is housed in the 1895 home of Sir Hugh John Macdonald—former Manitoba premier and son of Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald.  Rescued from demolition in 1969, MHS Dalnavert has since been awarded Provincial and National Historic Site designations.  Museum interpreters bring history to life through stories and artifacts that represent an affluent family’s lifestyle in the early days of Winnipeg.  The adjoining Visitors’ Centre is a state-of-the-art ‘green’ building that overlooks Dalnavert’s garden.

Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Museum

The Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates the rich tradition of Manitoba’s sport heritage with a new museum gallery on the main floor of the Sport for Life Centre in the heart of downtown Winnipeg’s museum district.

Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada

The Winnipeg-based Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada is the second-largest aviation museum in Canada. The collection is housed in an original Trans-Canada Air Lines (today operating as Air Canada) hangar dating from the 1930s.

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About Tourism Winnipeg

Tourism Winnipeg is the city’s official destination marketing organization tasked with increasing visitation and delivering the best possible visitor experience. A division of Economic Development Winnipeg Inc., Tourism Winnipeg’s mission is to facilitate a healthy, prosperous, responsible and fully integrated tourism industry that enhances Winnipeg’s economic growth through the acquisition of meetings, conventions, sports and events, group travel and leisure tourism.