In 1965, two acts of provincial legislature incorporated the Museum and Planetarium, which were included in the plans to build a magnificent new Centennial Centre. The Planetarium opened in May of 1968 and the Museum was opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on July 15, 1970. In July 1972, a new act joined the Museum and Planetarium as the Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature. In December l996, new amendments to the act created an independent foundation, The Manitoba Museum Foundation, Inc., and The Manitoba Museum, an expanded organization, which now included a science gallery.
The name, The Manitoba Museum, is a legacy of the evolution of the organization from its opening to the development of ‘The Futures Project” – Strategic Plan 2000-2005. The Plan called for a new corporate identity to reflect the legal and operational integration of the Museum, Planetarium and Science Gallery under the umbrella of The Manitoba Museum.
The new visual identity and service promise “encouraging discovery” was launched on June 20, 2002.