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Event Series Event Series: First Fridays @ the Manitoba Museum

First Fridays @ the Manitoba Museum

February 2 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A photograph on a red background of two adults and three children sitting and standing together around a table with inlaid display cases. Two of the children listen to audio features expanding on the exhibit. Text reads, "First Fridays @ the Manitoba Museum".

The Manitoba Museum is excited to partner with Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries to present our First Fridays programming! Join us on the First Friday of every month from 4 pm to 9 pm for free general admission to our three core attractions – the Museum Galleries, Planetarium, and Science Gallery. No ticket is required for First Friday programming unless otherwise specified.

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Check back monthly for upcoming special programming!

Friday, April 5:

How did 1920s Winnipeg look and soundJoin us in Alloway Hall to see images of Winnipeg’s Jazz history, sip a beverage, and enjoy one of two performances of the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra. Explore the 1920 cityscape or join us for a presentation on Winnipeg’s architecture in the Winnipeg Gallery. 


Music from Musical Ghosts

Alloway Hall, performances at 6:15 pm and 7:45 pm, beverages available for purchase

A blue-toned photograph of nine jazz musicians performing. Text along the top reads, "Musical Ghosts / Manitoba's Jazz and Dance Bands / 1914 - 1966 / Owen Clark".The Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra is set to hit all the right notes with a performance based on the talents of Manitoba musicians and singers. Inspired by the history of the Winnipeg Jazz scene as portrayed by Owen Clark’s work Musical Ghosts, the tunes will have you dancing spontaneously to the tempo. Sip a beverage from our pop-up bar and imagine that you have been transported to the ambience of a 1920s speakeasy. 






Winnipeg Architecture Presentation 

Winnipeg Gallery Theatre, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, ongoing presentations and Q & A

A stone grotesque seated cross-legged with printing materials on his lap.Winnipeg is host to some fascinating historic buildings. Join Gail Perry as she highlights different designs and styles from architect John D. Atchison and identifies key buildings that he designed from 1905-1922 in our city.







NEW EXHIBIT! Manidoo Miiniigooizowin, A Gift from the Creator

Discovery Room & Welcome Gallery, 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm 

Featuring objects representing the 34 Southern Chiefs’ Organization member Nations, this exhibition is a celebration of the past, present, and future. The objects on display exemplify the beauty and resilience of the Anishinaabe and Dakota peoples and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Southern Chiefs’ Organization.


Hearts of Freedom: Stories of Southeast Asian Refugees
LAST CHANCE! This exhibit closes April 7

Festival Hall, 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Promotional image for the Hearts of Freedom exhibition featuring six photographs of groups of refugees. Along the top text reads, "Hearts of Freedom: Stories of Southeast Asian Refugees”. Along the bottom text reads, "On exhibit until April 7, 2024" beside the Hearts of Freedom logo.

Impacted by the Vietnam War, the Lao Secret War, and the Cambodian Genocide, millions of refugees from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia were forced to flee their homelands and to seek safety in other countries. Hearts of Freedom: Stories of Southeast Asian Refugees tells the stories of these survivors, in their own words and through their unique perspectives, adding to the fabric of the Canadian history of immigration.

The Hearts of Freedom exhibition tour is funded in part by SSHRC and private funders.



Planetarium, 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The exterior of the Planetarium dome in front of a starry night sky.

See the Solar Eclipse – Find out how to safely view the April 8 solar eclipse and discover what else is visible in Manitoba’s skies.

Shows run every half hour beginning at 4:30 pm. Last show starts at 8:30 pm. 





Hands-on Fun in the Science Gallery

Science Gallery, 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm

A child placing colourful pegs into the slots of a giant Lite Bright set embedded in a wall.Test the universal laws of science and explore the wonders of technology and illusion in Science Gallery. Learn about yourself and the world around you through entertaining hands-on activities where you become the scientist. Check out fan favourites such as the Matrix (mirror room), the pulley chairs, and the racetrack!  






Guest Scientists: Living Laboratory

Science Gallery – Explore Science Zone, 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm

A student researcher going through a study activity with a child in the Explore Science Zone.Have you ever wondered how children’s minds work? Visit University of Manitoba researchers at their Living Laboratory in the Science Gallery. The Living Laboratory is an educational research experience where visitors of all ages can learn about the development of the human mind by participating in fun hands-on research studies and games.


February 2
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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