Effective May 9, the Museum will be closed to the public temporarily, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
MASKS ARE REQUIRED
at the Manitoba Museum
Click for Holiday Hours
*Hours of operation vary for holidays.
The Manitoba Museum is open on Remembrance Day from 1 pm – 5 pm
Corporal Frederick George Coppins and his platoon were pinned under machine gun fire in an open field in France in 1918. Facing certain death, he and four comrades stormed the machine gunners. His friends died, but Coppins killed four of the gunners and captured four others. By doing so he saved the rest of his platoon.
For this act he was awarded the British Empire’s highest military honour – the Victoria Cross. The medal, on loan from the Royal Winnipeg Rifles Regimental Museum, will accompany recently discovered footage of Coppins himself, filmed during WWI.
The Victoria Cross medal was instituted in 1856 by Great Britain as an award for “most conspicuous bravery”. It is made from cannons captured from the Russians during the Crimean War. There have been 1,351 Victoria Crosses awarded worldwide, 99 to Canadians.