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Ten treasures from the Canadian Museum of History now on display in Winnipeg

Ten treasures from the Canadian Museum of History’s National Collection are on now on display at The Manitoba Museum in Winnipeg. Admission to the display is complimentary with the purchase of a Museum Gallery ticket.

Until August 27, visitors to The Manitoba Museum will have a unique opportunity to see, first-hand, some of the most prized artifacts from the collections of the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum. These ten artifacts include:

  • Canada’s oldest known hockey stick (c. 1830);
  • The revolver believed to have been used to kill Thomas D’Arcy McGee, one of the Fathers of Confederation;
  • The “Last Spike” in Canada’s transcontinental railway;
  • The uniform worn by one of Canada’s most decorated soldiers, Manitoba-born Victoria Cross recipient William Barker;
  • The 1964 Kentucky Derby trophy of Northern Dancer, the most famous horse ever to be bred in Canada;
  • A lidded box with bear design (1985)  from legendary Haida artist Bill Reid;
  • A mask from the Dorset culture of northern Canada, likely worn by shamans during ceremonies;
  • Beaded moccasins from the Yanktonai Sioux Nation on Manitoba’s Pipestone Reserve;
  • Prized binoculars awarded to the Wellington Field Battery in 1881 for winning an artillery competition; and
  • Grain elevators at MacLeod, Alberta, painted in August 1944 by Peter Whyte, depicting training airplanes flying in formation near No. 7 Service Flying Training School.

Each of these artifacts speaks to a particular aspect of Canadian culture and is sure to connect with Manitobans.

The Museum of History has collaborated frequently with The Manitoba Museum over the years. Most recently, the museums worked together to exchange two significant objects from their respective collections. The Museum of History loaned the scale replica of Champlain’s astrolabe, which travelled into space with astronaut Julie Payette. The Manitoba Museum reciprocated by loaning the Arctic Medal 1818-1885, a medal that travelled with Robert Thirsk onboard the International Space Station.

The artifacts from the Museum of History were brought to The Manitoba Museum in conjunction with the Annual Public Meeting of the Museum of History, which is held in a different city every year.