I could feel the drums

I could feel the ocean

I could feel the thunder

I felt I stepped back in time

Telling Manitoba's Stories for Generations

Experiencing Winnipeg in the 1920s in the Urban Gallery.

Boarding the Nonsuch, a favourite artifact with everyone.

Imagining the thundering hooves in the Orientation Gallery, formerly the Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature, Entrance. Frank Chalmers - July 11, 1970.

Learning by doing in the Science Gallery.

Seeing prehistoric Manitoba in the Ancient Seas exhibit.

We tell stories to understand who we are and how we got here.

Stories help us make sense of the world. They’re essential to how we relate to one another and our environment; how we teach and learn; how we innovate and progress as a society.

This is why the Manitoba Museum is so important to our province. The Museum has been telling Manitoba’s stories to Manitobans and visitors for generations. Indeed, parents often share stories with their kids about their own first encounter with the Museum’s bison diorama, or about their first breath-taking glimpse of the Nonsuch ship. The joy of discovery and learning endures. The pride for “our museum” is palpable. Our Museum informs us, as Manitobans, and tells our essential stories that bridge language, culture, ethnicity and age.

The Manitoba Museum has now embarked on a $19 million museum gallery renewal project, entitled Bringing our Stories Forward, which includes a visionary investment from our community. This is the second step to our larger $160 million Capital Renewal Vision, which will transform our province’s most vital cultural institution.

We have a vision for the future, and a plan to fulfill that vision...

Three Steps to a Renewed Experience

Bringing our Stories Forward is part of a longer-term, 3-step project for renewal that dovetails with our Vision to “shape Manitoba’s future by expanding knowledge, sharing stories and encouraging discovery.” Informed by what we learned through community consultation, our Capital Renewal Vision has been mapped out into 3 steps. Each step builds on its predecessor, raising the level of engagement and excitement. Each step generates revenue to help fund the next step and, just as important, keeps our doors open to the public throughout this transformation.

Alloway Hall expansion

Alloway Hall expansion

Alloway Hall expansion

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ALLOWAY HALL EXPANSION & RENEWAL PROJECT

Scheduled for completion in 2017, during Canada’s 150th anniversary, the expansion will nearly double the space to 9,700 square feet. Alloway Hall’s more generous proportions will enable us to host larger, world-class travelling exhibits, rentals and public programs. This will drive up attendance, repeat visits and revenue. This $5.3 million project is fully funded by the generosity of the federal and provincial governments, and The Winnipeg Foundation.

nonsuch gallery sketch

Grasslands gallery sketch

Winnipeg Gallery

Orientation Gallery

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BRINGING OUR STORIES FORWARD

The current stage of our journey, Bringing Our Stories Forward, will update 42% of our Museum Galleries and will have special emphasis on updating stories related to Indigenous peoples and new waves of immigration to Manitoba. It will see the addition of a new Winnipeg Gallery as well as the addition of interactive digital media and increased interactive exhibits to enhance the visitor experience and encourage new and repeat visitation.

 

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A concept for a Community Commons that reorients the entrance and enlivens Main Street.

Manitoba Museum Outside

Science Centres are the vanguard of innovation and science literacy.

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THE SCIENCE CENTRE, COMMUNITY COMMONS…AND BEYOND

The Capital Renewal Vision concludes with the construction of a new, stand-alone Science Centre — advancing a culture of innovation and creativity!

The Vision includes the creation of a Community Commons, a reconstruction that orients the entrance towards Main Street. New education facilities will also be enhanced. Conservation labs will be installed, and additional collections storage space allocated.

Our stories are rooted in authentic objects for all to experience...

A Brief Tour…

The stories we tell at the Manitoba Museum build a rich narrative, layer upon layer. They generate mounting excitement and a hunger to experience more. When a great story is finished, the human impulse is to share it…and re-experience it.

Orientation gallery

Orientation Gallery
The Orientation Gallery welcomes you to Manitoba, a name derived from the Cree “where the spirit lives.” It offers a taste of what will come, touching on themes woven throughout...
Winnipeg Gallery V2

Winnipeg gallery

Winnipeg Gallery
At the confluence of two rivers, Winnipeg has been a meeting place and settlement for thousands of years. As a magnet that has attracted waves of immigrants, along with their...
Grasslands gallery

Grasslands gallery

Grasslands Gallery
The prairies seem eternal, and yet the Grasslands Gallery suggests that immense changes have occurred in just 200 years – largely the result of increased human occupation. The majority of...
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Nonsuch

Nonsuch Mist

Nonsuch Storm

Nonsuch Gallery
Our signature Nonsuch ship, a 54-foot replica of a 17th-century ketch, retains pride of place as the climactic visitor experience. Housed in a purpose-built gallery, the Nonsuch instantly transports every...

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Your Museum, Your Stories

These are stories shared by Manitobans.

There are stories of favourite Manitoba Museum memories, immigration, landmarks – anything that has impacted the lives of Manitobans and makes us who we are. Share your story HERE or on social media using #ManitobaStories and it may end up featured in a future Gallery at the Manitoba Museum.

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