Telling Manitoba's Stories for Generations

Experiencing Winnipeg in the 1920s in the Urban Gallery.

Boarding the Nonsuch, a favourite artifact with everyone.

Imagining the thundering hooves in the Orientation Gallery, formerly the Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature, Entrance. Frank Chalmers - July 11, 1970.

Learning by doing in the Science Gallery.

Seeing prehistoric Manitoba in the Ancient Seas exhibit.

We tell stories to understand who we are and how we got here.

Stories help us make sense of the world. They’re essential to how we relate to one another and our environment; how we teach and learn; how we innovate and progress as a society.

This is why the Manitoba Museum is so important to our province. The Museum has been telling Manitoba’s stories to Manitobans and visitors for generations. Indeed, parents often share stories with their kids about their own first encounter with the Museum’s bison diorama, or about their first breath-taking glimpse of the Nonsuch ship. The joy of discovery and learning endures. The pride for “our museum” is palpable. Our Museum informs us, as Manitobans, and tells our essential stories that bridge language, culture, ethnicity and age.

The Manitoba Museum has completed a major gallery renewal project, entitled Bringing our Stories Forward. We thank our community for their visionary investment that has transformed one of our province’s most vital cultural institutions.

We have a vision for the future, and a plan to fulfill that vision...

Three Steps to a Renewed Experience

Bringing our Stories Forward is part of a longer-term, 3-step project for renewal that dovetails with our Vision to “shape Manitoba’s future by expanding knowledge, sharing stories and encouraging discovery.” Informed by what we learned through community consultation, our Capital Renewal Vision has been mapped out into 3 steps. Each step builds on its predecessor, raising the level of engagement and excitement. Each step generates revenue to help fund the next step and, just as important, keeps our doors open to the public throughout this transformation.

Step 1 – Alloway Hall
Step 1 – Alloway Hall
Step 1 – Alloway Hall
Step 1 – Alloway Hall

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ALLOWAY HALL EXPANSION & RENEWAL PROJECT

Alloway Hall reopened on time and on budget in spring of 2017, during Canada’s 150th anniversary. The expansion doubled the space to 9,700 square feet. Alloway Hall’s more generous  proportions enables us to host larger travelling exhibits that drive up attendance and increases revenue for programs and rentals. This $5.3 million project was fully funded by the generosity of the federal and provincial governments, and The Winnipeg Foundation.

Step 2 slide – non such
Step 2 slide – gallery
Step 2 slide – Winnipeg gallery
Step 2 slide – bison rendering

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BRINGING OUR STORIES FORWARD

Bringing Our Stories Forward Gallery Renewal Project will update 42% of our Museum Galleries and will have special emphasis on updating stories related to Indigenous peoples and new waves of immigration to Manitoba. It will see the addition of a new Winnipeg Gallery as well as the addition of interactive digital media and increased interactive exhibits to enhance the visitor experience and encourage new and repeat visitation. In June of 2018 the first of the galleries, the Nonsuch Gallery, reopened to great acclaim, and the Winnipeg Gallery is scheduled to open in fall of 2019. The Grasslands and Orientation Galleries will open in 2020, as the Manitoba Museum celebrates its 50th anniversary and the province of Manitoba celebrates 150.

 

Step 3 slide – night rendering
Step 3 slide – day rendering

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THE SCIENCE CENTRE, COMMUNITY COMMONS…AND BEYOND

The Capital Renewal Vision concludes with the construction of a new, stand-alone Science Centre — advancing a culture of innovation and creativity!

The Vision includes the creation of a Community Commons, a reconstruction that orients the entrance towards Main Street. New education facilities will also be enhanced. Conservation labs will be installed, and additional collections storage space allocated.

Our stories are rooted in authentic objects for all to experience...

NONSUCH GALLERY – REOPENED JUNE 2018

Gallery 1: REOPENED JUNE 2018
Gallery 1: REOPENED JUNE 2018
Gallery 2 : REOPENED JUNE 2018
Gallery 2 : REOPENED JUNE 2018
Gallery 2 : REOPENED JUNE 2018

WINNIPEG GALLERY – OPENED NOVEMBER 2019

WINNIPEG GALLERY – OPENED NOVEMBER 2019
WINNIPEG GALLERY – OPENED NOVEMBER 2019
WINNIPEG GALLERY – OPENED NOVEMBER 2019
WINNIPEG GALLERY 2  – OPENED NOVEMBER 2019
WINNIPEG GALLERY 2  – OPENED NOVEMBER 2019

Thank you for being part of our journey to renewal

Thank You

The Manitoba Museum is grateful to its many partners and donors in this vital renewal project, including the Government of Canada, Government of Manitoba, the City of Winnipeg, The Winnipeg Foundation and many generous Manitobans.

Supporters

$1 MILLION +

Government of Canada Government of Manitoba The Paul Albrechtsen Foundation The Winnipeg Foundation

$500,000 - $999,999

Canada Life Hudson’s Bay Company History Foundation Richardson Foundation Arlene Wilson and Allan MacDonald

$250,000 - $499,999

The Asper Foundation BMO Financial Group James Cohen and Linda McGarva-Cohen Johnston Group Inc. Manitoba’s Credit Unions Megill-Stephenson Company Limited Power Corporation RBC Foundation Scotiabank TD Bank Group

$100,000 - $249,999

Gail Asper and Michael Paterson Burns Foundation The Cardinal Foundation The Chipman Family Foundation City of Winnipeg The Eaton Family Foundations Doug Harvey and Jan Shute MacDon Industries Ltd. The Manitoba Museum Foundation North West Company The Pollard Family Foundation Gerry and Barb Price Qualico Tannis M. Richardson and George T. Richardson* H. Sanford and Deborah Riley Arni Thorsteinson and Susan Glass The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company Friend of the Museum Friend of the Museum

$25,000 - $99,999

CIBC Jeoff Chipman Dr. Ernest and Anastasia Cholakis, Cholakis Dental Group The Honourable Gary Filmon and The Honourable Janice Filmon Jessiman Foundation / Bison Transport Edward and Stella Kennedy Richard and Hillaine Kroft Bill and Shirley Loewen Manitoba Federation of Labour Manitoba Teachers’ Society Michael F. B. Nesbitt The Parrish Family Elizabeth Marr and Nick Slonosky Jim and Leney Richardson Terracon Development Ltd.

$10,000 - $24,999

Dick and Elaine Archer Family Fund Craig & Ross CWB National Leasing Bryce and Nicki Douglas Endowment Council of the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund The El Tassi Family Daniel Friedman and Rob Dalgliesh Bert and Lee Friesen Family Foundation Merv and Lynda Gunter Gregg J. and Mary Hanson IATSE 856 Claudette Leclerc and Robert Kennedy Nick Logan and Christine Skene Manitoba Research Institute – Initiative of the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce Aveeve and Sam McLaughlin Penny and Charles McMillan People Corporation Shevchenko Foundation Soubry Community Fund Charlie and Dayna Spiring Evelyn Stoddart Family Fund Douglas and Deanna Tkach

PRAIRIES AND WELCOME GALLERIES – REOPEN APRIL 2021

PRAIRIES AND WELCOME GALLERIES – REOPEN APRIL 2021
PRAIRIES AND WELCOME GALLERIES – REOPEN APRIL 2021
PRAIRIES AND WELCOME GALLERIES – REOPEN APRIL 2021
PRAIRIES AND WELCOME GALLERIES 2 – REOPEN APRIL 2021
PRAIRIES AND WELCOME GALLERIES 2 – REOPEN APRIL 2021

Our Journey...

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