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Summer @ the Manitoba Museum

July 11 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Promo graphic for Summer @ the Manitoba Museum. On the right, an image of two children on the path through the Boreal Forest diorama. One is pointing into the diorama. On the left side is the event title and text reading, "Daily, 10 am to 5 pm / through July & August".

Are you ready to keep it cool this summer? Enjoy family fun at the Manitoba Museum with hands-on activities and engaging programming happening every afternoon throughout July & August.

Grab a Treasure Trail at the Bison Diorama to help lead you through the Museum Galleries to discover intriguing objects found in our collection. Search for camouflaged creatures; dig for fantastic fossils; play traditional Inuit games; learn Morse code using a telegraph; and more in the Museum Galleries! Is saving the Earth on your summer to-do list? Join us in the Science Gallery to learn about the ocean and find out different ways you can take better care of our planet.

Prepare to be captivated by our brand-new planetarium show, Forward to the Moon! Narrated by Mythbuster’s Kari Byron, this awe-inspiring vision of the groundbreaking Artemis program details NASA’s ambitious goal of landing the first woman and person of color on the Moon. Also playing under the dome this summer is family favourite In My Backyard, and the ever-popular Manitoba Skies live Planetarium show.

The Manitoba Museum is open 10 am – 5 pm daily in July & August.


Buy your 3-attraction tickets today!



Museum Galleries  |  Planetarium  |  Science Gallery


Museum Galleries

Hand holding a pencil over a paper held in a clipboard. Part of a Museum diorama is blurry in the background.Top Ten Treasure Trail
Daily 10:00 – 5:00 pm

Our Top Ten Treasure Trail will take you on a learning adventure all through the Museum Galleries to discover some of the wonderful TREASURES in our collections. Grab a trail guide and seek out the object in the featured photo. Discover a fun fact about it, and then answer the corresponding question.   



Family Friendly Activities
Rotating Daily – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Monday – Fascinating Forest 

Tuesday – Fantastic Fossils & Parks Canada*  

Wednesday – Wonderful Winnipeg   

Thursday – Fascinating Forest 

Friday – Fantastic Fossils 

Saturday – Awesome Arctic Adventures 

Sunday – Wonderful Winnipeg   


*Parks Canada Booth – Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, starting July 9 


Fascinating Forest
Mondays & Thursdays, in the Boreal Forest Gallery

Come stroll through the woods and get to know the animals, plants, and fungi that inhabit the vast Boreal Forest. Find out about the charming Ruffed Grouse and his courtship dance or examine the skulls of some fearsome forest predators. Learn about material culture of the region through hands-on artifacts made from birch bark and moccasins adorned with traditional art forms.

This drop-in activity features a challenge where you can try to find all the camouflaging moths hidden on a piece of bark.


A child wearing goggles using a paintbrush to brush sand of off a fossil.Fantastic Fossils
Tuesdays & Fridays, in the Earth History Gallery

Take a step back in time… way back! Learn about fossils from different geologic time periods by examining 450-million-year-old rocks from an ancient sea or getting a close-up look at some giant ice age skulls. You’ll be able to hold a real woolly mammoth tooth!

This drop-in activity features a hands-on Dino Dig area where you can search for dinosaur fossils.


A person with long blonde hair from behind as they look into a stereoscope with a city scene image in it.Wonderful Winnipeg
Wednesdays & Sundays, in the Winnipeg Gallery 1920 Cityscape

Travel back 100 years into the past to explore Winnipeg at a time when it was the fastest growing city in North America and discover tools and technologies from the turn of the century. You’ll be able to tap out a Morse code message on a telegraph and look through a stereoscope to see 3-D images!

This drop-in activity features an I-Spy challenge where you can search through the different businesses and homes of the Winnipeg 1920s cityscape to find the hidden items.


A child playing with a ring and pin game made from a stick and piece of antler in the Museum Galleries.Awesome Arctic Adventures
Saturdays, in the Arctic/Sub-Arctic Gallery

Play it cool with our afternoon of Awesome Arctic Adventures. You’ll learn about northern wildlife, examine artifacts, and play traditional Inuit games.

This drop-in activity features a ring and pin game craft that you can make here and play at home.


*Starting July 9* Parks Canada: Wapusk National Park
Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, in the Arctic/Sub-Arctic Gallery

Stop by and say hi to Parks Canada staff near the Caribou Diorama to learn more about Wapusk National Park and its animals. You’ll have the chance to play interactive games surrounding the arctic animals in Churchill, Manitoba!




11:00 am – In My Backyard

12:15 pm – Forward to the Moon

1:30 pm – In My Backyard

2:45 pmManitoba Skies

4:00 pm – Forward to the Moon


Show poster showing a colourful animated house, shed, and dog house under a blue sky, on a blue background. Title text reads, "In My Backyard".In My Backyard
(Families with young children)

Join children’s entertainer Fred Penner as he explores things large and small, from the colours of the rainbow, to the reasons for the seasons. With entertaining songs and immersive environments, children are encouraged to participate while learning about the planets, constellations, meteors, the moon, and more. Geared towards the youngest stargazers and scientists, In My Backyard is sure to instill a sense of wonder and exploration while encouraging children to explore their own backyards.  


A picture of a spacecraft in orbit above the Earth on a blue background. Text reads, "Forward to the Moon".Forward to the Moon
(Ages 12+)

Kari Byron from Crash Test World and MythBusters launches us on a journey beyond the Earth towards a sustainable future in space. NASA’s 21st century Artemis program, named after the Greek moon Goddess and twin of Apollo, is the next step in our mission to explore the universe and land the first woman and person of color on the surface of the Moon.  


Photograph of an individual looking into a telescope silhouetted against a starry night sky on a yellow background. Text reads, "Manitoba Skies".Manitoba Skies
(All Ages)

Take a guided tour of Manitoba’s night sky. This live, interactive show, presented by our planetarium staff, highlights the constellations, planets, and celestial events that you can see on clear evenings, and answers your space questions.




A child pulling themself up in a pulley chair in the Manitoba Museum Science Gallery.Daily, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Every exhibit in the Science Gallery is yours to touch, feel, and interact with as a scientist, engineer, or wide-eyed explorer. Play with illusions, test the laws of gravity, or dive into our one-of-a-kind Lake Winnipeg simulator. Hands-on, interactive learning will spark your imagination and challenge your mind.



Climate Hero Pop-up Activity: Warming Waters and Changing Climate
Daily, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, in the Explore Science Zone

Every day is Earth Day! Join us for a pop-up activity and learn about the different ways you can take better care of our planet.

The ocean plays an important role in everything we do, from the air we breathe to the food we eat. It even affects the weather! We all need a healthy ocean to survive. Let’s learn how climate change affects our oceans and what we can do to help them stay healthy. Come join us for a fun and educational demo!


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July 11
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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