Dalnavert Museum

Dalnavert Museum

Nestled in the heart of downtown, this Victorian mansion will give you a glimpse into the posh lives of Manitoba premier Sir Hugh John Macdonald and his family during the late 1920s. A costumed attendant provides an in-depth narrative as you tour the fully furnished home. Or try a self-guided audio tour that takes part over the course of a summer’s day to learn about the family, their lifestyle, and the Queen Anne Revival architectural style of the home.

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Grant's Old Mill

Grant's Old Mill

Just steps off busy Portage Avenue, tucked away on the banks of Sturgeon Creek is a little piece of history. See how wheat is ground into flour using mill stones in this 19th century water-powered mill. Hear the tale of how Cuthbert Grant, considered to be the first leader of the Métis Nation, used a mill exactly like this to help feed his people during the fur trade and the fur trade wars of the early 1800s.

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Living Prairie Museum

Living Prairie Museum

Explore the few remaining fragments of tall grass prairie, a once vast ecosystem in Manitoba. The 13-hectare space is home to more than 150 different grass and wildflower species, and an array of prairie wildlife. Watch as Monarch butterflies take flight for their annual migration, help collect seeds to preserve the museum’s native plants, discover the secrets of the tall grass prairie on a self-guided hike, and come see what seasonal activities are to be had inside the interpretive centre.

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La Maison Gabrielle-Roy

La Maison Gabrielle-Roy

Climb to the attic in this historic house, peer through the tiny window onto Deschambault Street, and imagine what inspired French-Canadian author Gabrielle Roy when she looked out into the distance from this exact vantage point. Experience the echoes of her personality throughout this museum as you comb through closets of era-specific clothing and peruse artifacts that bring this celebrated writer to life.

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Manitoba Electrical Museum

Manitoba Electrical Museum

You’ll have a shockingly good time as you learn how electricity works in this retrofitted hydroelectric plant. Board a replica streetcar to travel back to the 1800s when there was no electricity in Manitoba, scratch your head at some of the unique electrical contraptions set in a 1940s prairie farm kitchen (so many variations of toasters), and consider how will we create sustainable options for the future as you gaze at an operating scale model of a wind turbine.

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Riel House National Historic Site

Riel House National Historic Site

Delve deep into the world of Métis freedom fighter Louis Riel, considered to be father of Manitoba, and experience life as it was for the Riel-Lagimodière family in 1886. Listen to the historical interpreters tell tales of Riel’s life and his struggle to defend Métis rights in a fast-evolving world, while you peruse the hundreds of artifacts in the quaint white restored house. Explore the gardens and the river lot farming system that was indicative of the Métis at the time.

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Seven Oaks Museum

Seven Oaks Museum

See how the wealthy once lived in this well-preserved house, the oldest of its kind in Winnipeg. Move from room to room to experience distinct periods from Manitoba’s past ranging from 1831 until 1912, depicting life as it was for the Inkster-Sinclair family, who were wealthy Métis famers. Allot for time to wander through the well-kept gardens or have a picnic on the lush grounds.

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Transcona Historical Museum

Transcona Historical Museum

Spend time sorting through boxes of historical images and documents that honour the history of this spirited Winnipeg suburb. Vintage fashion fans will be in retro heaven, scanning the racks of 800 clothing and textiles articles from Transcona residents through time, while entomologists will bug out over the impressive butterfly collection that represents the natural history of Manitoba. The anchoring experience of this eclectic museum is stepping aboard Transcona’s own locomotive CN 2747, the first steam engine built in Western Canada.

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Bishop Velychkovsky Martyr's Shrine

Bishop Velychkovsky Martyr's Shrine

Pilgrimages into the shrine of Canada’s second martyr are full of symbolism and artwork. Discover the story of Bishop Velychkovsky’s tribulations through the museum’s wall panels and display cases that showcase the story of his life and fight for human rights. Follow the red oblong tiles meant to represent the footsteps of Blessed Vasyl. As you trace the path, stop and admire several scared icons before reaching the stainless steel sarcophagus; the Blessed Bishop’s final resting place. 

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Winnipeg Railway Museum

Winnipeg Railway Museum

Everyone can get on board with this hands-on museum where the sights, sounds, and even smells of Winnipeg’s railway history still live on. Venture on to an abandoned platform in Winnipeg’s Union Station to board the Countess of Dufferin, the first locomotive in Western Canadian mainland, along with other various diesel and electric engines. Imagine you’re working with maintenance of way equipment or riding in the caboose, a last-of-a-kind rail bus.

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