YOUR ADVENTURE AWAITS
Take a journey through nine immersive galleries that tell the human and natural history of Manitoba from north to south, from ancient to contemporary times:
- Hear the thunder of stampeding bison in the Orientation Gallery.
- Discover the rare and magnificent fossil of a Pliosaur (marine reptile) that lived in Lake Agassiz, a that once covered Manitoba 95 million years ago – in the Earth History Gallery.
- Watch in wonder as the northern lights illuminate a polar bear in the Arctic / Sub-Arctic Gallery.
- Listen to the waterfall as you wander through a Cree settlement in the Boreal Forest Gallery.
- In the Nonsuch Gallery you will step back in time to 17th century Deptford, England, and step aboard the Nonsuch, the little ship that helped start the HBC company.
- Feel the softness of the furs at the trading post, and imagine paddling aboard a York boat in the Hudson’s Bay Company Gallery.
- See all of the medals commemorating the signing of Treaties in what is now Manitoba, on display together for the first time, in the Parklands / Mixed Woods Gallery.
- Picture yourself living in a teepee or a Red River log house in the Grasslands Gallery.
- Sit back and laugh with Charlie Chaplin at the Allen Theatre inspired by 1920s Winnipeg in the Urban Gallery.
The Museum’s collections reflect the heritage of Manitoba and other regions of the world. Our nine interpretive galleries explore the interrelationship of people and their environment. Travel through millions of years as you journey from north to south across Manitoba’s vast and varied landscape, from the icy arctic coast to the windswept prairies.
Human History Collection
Human History curators and staff are committed to increasing awareness and appreciation of Manitoba’s heritage through the acquisition and preservation of artifacts. This collection of 2,300,000 artifacts is used for research, gallery and exhibit development, public programming and as educational teaching aids.
Natural History Collections
Natural History collections are developed and maintained as a “specimen library” of plants, animals, fossils, rocks and minerals for the province. Specimens are used for reference and research, in public and school programs, and in exhibitions.
More than 200,000 specimens are stored in secure, climate-controlled conditions. As the provincial repository, a large portion of the Museum’s collections is Manitoba material, but there are also many significant specimens from other parts of the world.