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Manitoba Museum Showcases Snapshots of Canada

Winnipeg, MB (February 7, 2018): Canada’s triumphs, failures, and sacrifices are on display at the Manitoba Museum in a new travelling exhibition from the Canadian Museum of History and Canada’s History Society. Showcasing unforgettable images and thought-provoking texts, Snapshots of Canada opens on February 7, 2018, in the Museum’s Alloway Hall. From the trial of Métis leader Louis Riel to Paul Henderson’s winning goal in the 1972 Summit Series, from the deportation of Japanese-Canadians after the Second World War to the standoff at Oka, the exhibition pairs 50 powerful photographs with texts by well-known Canadian historians, authors, and journalists. “The exhibition Snapshots of Canada is a journey through the highs…

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From Pirates of the Caribbean to the Arctic to the Manitoba Museum

Winnipeg, MB (January 23, 2018): It’s all about sea-faring adventures at the Manitoba Museum these days. he Nonsuch Gallery is being renewed. A team of ship rigging experts will be attending to the ropes of the Nonsuch. A curator will talk about her “expedition tourism” adventure. A scale model of the Franklin Expedition’slong-lostt HMS Erebus wreck will be on display. It’s Not a Pirate Ship! Stories of Modern Day Rigging Saturday, February 10 • 2 to 3 pm Over the next few months, one of the Manitoba Museum’s most beloved artifacts – the Nonsuch – is undergoing a complete re-rigging to update her ropes, clean her sails, and bring her back…

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Model of Franklin Expedition’s HMS Erebus on Display at Manitoba Museum

LIMITED TIME! Winnipeg, MB (January 18, 2018): The Manitoba Museum has received a scale model representing the wreck of HMS Erebus and its surrounding debris field, just as it was first seen by Parks Canada underwater archaeologists on September 2, 2014. The 1:40 scale model can be viewed in the Arctic/Sub-Arctic Gallery between January 26 and March 21, 2018. The model helps to tell the story of the Franklin Expedition, when Sir John Franklin set sail from England in 1845 with two ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, in search of a Northwest Passage across what is now Canada’s Arctic. The ships and crews vanished and dozens of search expeditions…

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Make a Visit to the Manitoba Museum a Holiday Tradition

The Manitoba Museum is open every day of Winter Break except December 25. Winnipeg, MB  (December 21, 2017): The Manitoba Museum will be open every day between Saturday, December 23, 2017 and Sunday, January 7, 2018 except for December 25 (see detailed hours below). Go below deck for a rare opportunity to see the mysterious cargo hold of the Nonsuch. Don’t miss the boat – make sure you see the beloved replica of the 17th-century ship that launched the Hudson’s Bay Company before the Nonsuch Gallery closes for renewal. While you’re here, you can “picture yourself” in a national park winter wonderland with Parks Canada’s Green Screen Photo Booth, where you choose the…

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Katherine Pettipas PhD Receives Curator Emeritus Honour from Manitoba Museum

Winnipeg, MB (December 19, 2017): The Manitoba Museum’s Board of Governors gladly bestowed the second Curator Emeritus honour to Dr. Katherine Pettipas in October of this year. After working 27 years as the Curator of Native Ethnology & the Hudson’s Bay Company Museum Collection, Dr. Pettipas retired from the Museum in 2011. Seema Hollenberg, Director of Research, Collections & Exhibitions was pleased to support Dr. Pettipas’ nomination to continue her research and publishing on behalf of the Museum. Dr. Pettipas joined the Museum as a contract researcher for the Boreal Forest Gallery in 1974 and was subsequently hired for the position of Curator of Native Ethnology. Dr. Pettipas feels strongly that…

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Manitoba Museum Scores Hockey Exhibit

Winnipeg, MB (December 5, 2017): For millions of Canadians, hockey means everything. Hockey brings us together. It thrills us. It’s part of our identity, our shared history. It’s a passion handed down from generation to generation, a recreational activity, and a commercial enterprise. The puck drops on Hockey: The Stories Behind Our Passion at the Manitoba Museum on July 6, 2018. This exhibition, developed by the Canadian Museum of History and where it premiered, March 10 to October 9, 2017, details the evolution of the sport through historic highlight reels, interactive components and one-of-a-kind artifacts. Visitors will find themselves in the places where Canadians live and breathe hockey: from dressing…

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Albert and Samira El Tassi Named 2018 Manitoba Museum Tribute Honourees

Winnipeg, MB (November 30, 2017): The Manitoba Museum’s annual Tribute Gala will honour Abdo (Albert) El Tassi, C.M., O.M., LL.D. and Samira El Tassi on May 24 at the Museum’s Alloway Hall. The El Tassis are widely known and recognized as sincere, passionate donors. They work tirelessly to promote understanding, tolerance and respect across the globe. “The Manitoba Museum has a tremendous appreciation for those who support our mission, and great admiration for those who give globally as well as in their home community,” says Scott Craig, Chair of the Manitoba Museum’s Board of Governors. “Albert and Samira El Tassi are such donors. The beginning of their story is similar to…

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Hands-on Fun is Engineered for Speed at the Manitoba Museum

Winnipeg, MB (November 22, 2017): The Engineered for Speed exhibit in the Manitoba Museum’s Science Gallery has been redesigned with new user-friendly racing experiences for all. The renewed exhibition will reopen on Friday, November 24, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. The way visitors design and build their cars in one of the Museum’s most popular science exhibits has been completely revamped, using visitor suggestions and observing visitor experience over the past several years. For those not yet ready to build their own vehicle, a Gravity Track allows visitors to test pre-made cars on a variety of jumps, ramps, and loop-the-loops.  A new highlight of the exhibit is a fantastic full-scale race…

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Don’t Miss the Boat! Nonsuch Gallery Closes January 8

Winnipeg, MB (November 17, 2017): The Manitoba Museum will temporarily close the Nonsuch Gallery for renewal starting January 8, with plans to re-open it by summer 2018. Visitors are invited to take a last look at the Nonsuch before the gallery closes. They will also have an opportunity to take a tour of the ship’s cargo hold between December 26 and January 7, 10:30 am to 4 pm. The closing of the Nonsuch Gallery marks the beginning of construction for the Bringing Our Stories Forward Capital Renewal Project. “The Nonsuch ship is a beloved icon of the Museum. We sometimes call her a jewel, and as such, we would never fundamentally…

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THE Manitoba Museum Receives the Governor General’s History Award For Excellence in Museums: The History Alive! Award

Ottawa, November 13, 2017 – For its development of an educational tool kit called Spirit Lines—an innovative initiative merging Indigenous heritage and museum expertise—, the Manitoba Museum is receiving the Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Museums: the History Alive! Award, which will be presented in Rideau Hall on November 22, 2017 by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada. This award recognizes institutions that demonstrate excellence in the presentation, preservation, and interpretation of Canadian history. The educational tool kits, used in schools in the Garden Hill and Norway House First Nations in Manitoba, provide access to an impressive collection of tangible and intangible assets…

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