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Category Archives: News

Manitoba Museum Closed Until February 3

In the interest of public heath, the Manitoba Museum will remain closed to visitors until Thursday, February 3. Because we are a place of gathering, something that is not safe to do at this time, keeping the Museum Galleries, Planetarium, and Science Gallery closed is the right thing to do. Our first priority has always been the health and safety of our entire community; staff, volunteers, members, and visitors. The…

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Beyond Orange Shirt Day: Continuing the conversations with our kids

CONTENT WARNING: This message contains painful details about Canada’s Indian Residential Schools System.   Dear Manitoba Museum community,  The wall pictured above says so much. It speaks of hope, regret, learning, remorse, sadness, anger, community, the future, and love. Once the halls fell quiet, I went down to see it, the Manitoba Cares wall. Here, Manitobans shared whatever was in their hearts after their journey through the Manitoba Museum’s National Day for Truth and…

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Manitoba Museum honours new National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

(Winnipeg, MB: September 29, 2021) To honour the new National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, also known as Orange Shirt Day, the Manitoba Museum will provide complimentary admission to the Museum Galleries from Thursday, September 30 to Sunday October 3. Orange Shirt Days @ the Manitoba Museum will offer visitors special, all-day programming focused on the history and the impacts of Indian Residential Schools, as well as the Truth and…

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Perseids Meteor Shower: 2021 edition

August brings the Perseids meteor shower, an annual event that gets many people looking skyward. In recent years, social media has been hyping (and sometimes overhyping) celestial events, since they tend to generate a lot of interest (and thus “clicks”, “likes”, and “shares”), so it can be hard to know what you can actually expect to see. Here is the Manitoba Museum Planetarium’s guide to the 2021 Perseids meteor shower….

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Treaty Number One Medals at the Manitoba Museum tell a First Nations Story

Maureen Matthews Curator of Cultural Anthropology For the commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of Treaty Number One, three Treaty medals from the Manitoba Museum will be on display at Lower Fort Garry.  Although these medals were used by Canada to acknowledge promises made by the Crown to First Nations people in Treaty negotiations, they also reveal a history of First Nations protocols, diplomacy, and political advocacy at a difficult time.[1] …

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Cowessess First Nation

Our hearts are heavy to hear the news from Saskatchewan locating more Indigenous children’s burials associated with a Residential School. We send our deepest condolences to Cowessess First Nation, the survivors who attended this school, and the families whose children never returned home. We grieve with you. These recent findings are not isolated cases; similar erasures have occurred across Canada, including right here in Manitoba. The Manitoba Museum is committed to…

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Manitoba Museum Embraces Opportunity for Change During Uncertain Times

(Winnipeg, MB: June 25, 2021) At its Annual General Meeting, the Manitoba Museum reported an unprecedented year of rapid transformation and dynamic adaptation.   The creativity and dedication of the Museum team, along with support and encouragement from the community, allowed the Manitoba Museum to re-think how it operated. New technologies were implemented, programs were re-imagined, and new ways of thinking, working, and communicating were adopted.   The Museum Galleries…

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A Sunrise Solar Eclipse

From Winnipeg, the rising sun on June 10, 2021 will appear similar to this view, shot during the 2017 eclipse. [Image: Scott D. Young]   On the morning of June 10, 2021, early risers across Manitoba will see a partial eclipse of the sun from most of Manitoba. TO VIEW THE ECLIPSE YOU MUST USE ONE OF THE SAFE METHODS DESCRIBED BELOW. The eclipse is already underway by the time…

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215 Indigenous Children

The Manitoba Museum joins with all of Canada in extending our heartfelt condolences to the families and the communities who have been devastated by the discovery of the remains of 215 Indigenous children who died at Kamloops Residential School in British Columbia. In doing this, we recognize both the profound loss that these children’s deaths represent and the story of erasure that this discovery exposes. We acknowledge and remember the…

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Manitoba Museum Opens New Prairies Gallery Completing the Bringing Our Stories Forward Capital Renewal Project

Winnipeg MB (April 7, 2021): Tomorrow, the Manitoba Museum opens its new Prairies Gallery, marking the completion of the $20.5 million Bringing Our Stories Forward Capital Renewal Project. Over the past four years, this Project has seen the renewal of the Nonsuch Gallery, Boreal Forest Corridor, and Welcome Gallery, and the creation of a new Winnipeg Gallery, and now, the Prairies Gallery.  The new Prairies Gallery reveals a deep and…

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