What’s old is new again! The Urban Gallery at The Manitoba Museum has just received a bit of a face lift. Many of our visitors enjoy the immersive experience of this gallery, where they can explore the nooks and crannies of different buildings, stroll along the streets or watch a silent film in the theatre. As curators, we’re always looking for ways to improve that experience.
The Urban Gallery represents Winnipeg in the early 1920s. It was a bustling, modern city with hundreds of thousands of citizens – it was in no way a little town. To get this across, we wanted to populate the gallery with pictures of real people of the period. Three large spaces allowed us to introduce historical photographs of people of different backgrounds and occupations. Hours of research at the Archives of Manitoba sifting through hundreds of photographs led me to choose three, two of which relate to the railway tracks, with the third placed beside the movie theatre. All three photographic reproductions are courtesy of the Archives of Manitoba.
Come to The Manitoba Museum and experience the “all new, all old” Urban Gallery photomurals, and get a feel for Winnipeg in the 1920s, a city of contrasts.