Aligning the Museum goals to meet Community needs and expectations
The Manitoba Museum makes a significant contribution to the richness of our community and to the quality of life in our city, province, and country. The Museum’s relationship with this community is strong and meaningful. The facility is a widely used community resource that promotes awareness of Manitoba’s history, cultural diversity, and the incredible potential of science and technology. Community involvement, response and partnership are considered essential ingredients in the development of public and school programs, activities and events, exhibitions, research projects, and planetarium show productions.
Although The Museum has always been aware of the need to be fully immersed in our community and provides a wide array of services, we know that there is much more we can -and should- do to not only seek advice and provide services, but also to host community exhibitions and collaborate with community organizations to showcase their work, heritage and future. That is why our business plan focuses on expanding an enhancing our community involvement.
Community participation is evident in all we do…
- Over 420,000 visitors experienced the Museum, Science Gallery and Planetarium through special programs and exhibitions, activities, and outreach initiatives.
- Museum staff, along with a committed corps of volunteers, educated and engaged over 92,000 students and teachers from approximately 1,400 different schools.
- Museum memberships included over 10,000 individuals.
- Museum volunteers included 288 individuals contributing in excess of 16,240 hours in 20 different Museum areas.
- Each year, the Museum provides complimentary access to over 35,000 individuals and groups who might otherwise not be able to access the Museum.
- New partnerships were forged with Canadian Veterans (creating a collaborative foyer display) and the Manitoba Chinese community (participating in the opening of our Dinosaur exhibit).
- Members of Manitoba’s music community are working with us to present a large exhibition on local music this summer.
- We are working with the Girl Guides of Canada, Manitoba chapter to commemorate their 100th Anniversary.
- Other veteran organizations are working with our curators to showcase their history and achievements.
- The Museum is also working with ethnocultural communities as they celebrate important milestones and record their journey to Manitoba.
- We are exploring a new content development partnership with Winnipeg-based International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).
- After a successful pilot-year, The Museum is working with Grade 4 teachers of inner-city schools to find a sustainable source of funding that will allow students to use the Museum as an anchor for their academic and personal learning.
The Manitoba Museum is one of Canada’s busiest and best-attended heritage and education centres. Such consistent year-round activity creates major economic benefits for the community.
The Museum generates $21.1 million in economic activity annually in Manitoba, sustains 333 jobs and contributes $6 million in taxes to three levels of government. Using their ‘Tourism Economic Assessment Model’ (TEAM), Tourism Winnipeg determined that the Museum’s economic impact will reach $37.3 million with the completion of the building renewal program. This translates into 670 jobs and $10.4 million in taxes, making it one of the most important cultural industries in the country!
The Museum is a cornerstone of Manitoba’s education system. Each year, nearly 92,000 school children visit our facility and participate in a wide range of unique learning programs. Focusing on experiences that cannot be reproduced in the classroom, Museum Education Programs explore history, social studies, science and astronomy in an environment like no other. Our programs provide opportunities for students to polish soapstone, discover the universe at the Planetarium, set sail aboard the Nonsuch, experiment in the Science Gallery, learn about mammals, relive Manitoba’s pioneer days, and so much more.
PRESERVING OUR PAST
The maintenance and conservation of The Manitoba Museum’s vast collections is important for the future of Manitoba. These 2,600,000 treasures represent our history, both natural and human, enabling us to continue to learn about our past. This helps us understand ourselves in the present, and provides guidance for the future. The Manitoba Museum carefully and dutifully maintains and preserves these collections, ensuring that the many artifacts and specimens, as well as the understanding and insight they provide, are preserved for future generations.
Environmental preservation and education factor significantly in Museum research. Museum publications are critical to our understanding of the natural world. This focus stems from the birth of the Museum in the 1960s in a climate of growing concern for the environment articulated in the original proposal for a museum submitted to the provincial government in 1964.
“Manitoba needs a modern museum of man and nature… a living history of man and his environment, tracing the evolution of Manitoba’s resources, industry and culture, past and present, and pointing the way, through research to the future.”
The wisdom and foresight of such a statement are apparent in the appreciation and support demonstrated by the community for the environmental work of this institution and for the tremendous impact that it has on the quality of education and economic health of our province.