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Government of Canada Announces Funding for The Manitoba Museum’s Renewal Project

November 9, 2016 – Winnipeg – Department of Canadian Heritage
The Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament (Winnipeg South Centre), today announced $2.5 million in funding to The Manitoba Museum for its
project “Bringing Our Stories Forward.” Minister Carr made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. This funding, provided through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, will revitalize the Museum and enable it to provide visitors with a more interactive and engaging experience. The project will include the renovation and renewal of several galleries and the purchase of state-of-the-art digital equipment.

Quotes
“The Government of Canada understands the importance of art and heritage facilities, which is why we committed to making significant new investments in cultural infrastructure. Our support
for the renewal of The Manitoba Museum will help ensure Canadians have better access to our history, now and for generations to come.”
—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

“Each year, thousands of visitors of all ages walk through the doors of The Manitoba Museum eager to learn and discover the history of our province. It is an iconic heritage institution that
needs to be maintained, and I am proud to announce the Government of Canada’s support to its renewal project. I look forward to seeing the changes once construction is complete.”
—The Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament (Winnipeg South Centre)

“We are very grateful to the Government of Canada for supporting the renewal of one of the province’s most beloved cultural institutions—The Manitoba Museum. This investment will
build Manitoba pride and ensure that stories of Indigenous peoples and immigration are updated and that the visitor experience is enriched. As the Museum looks ahead to its 50th
anniversary and the province’s 150th anniversary, the time is right to invest in The Manitoba Museum.”
— Jeoff Chipman, Campaign Chair, Bringing Our Stories Forward, The Manitoba Museum

Quick Facts

  •  The Manitoba Museum is the province’s largest not-for-profit heritage and science centre. It welcomes over 300,000 visitors annually and educates over 90,000 students through its
    curriculum-based programs and activities.
  • The “Bringing Our Stories Forward” project will renew 23,000 square feet—or 42 percent—of the Museum’s gallery spaces.
  • The renewed gallery spaces will highlight the stories of Indigenous peoples, immigration and trade.

For more information (media only), please contact:
Pierre-Olivier Herbert
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
819-997-7788
Media Relations
Canadian Heritage
819-994-9101
1-866-569-6155
[email protected]

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