(Winnipeg, MB: June 22, 2018) At its Annual General Meeting on June 22, the Manitoba Museum announced that 2017-2018 marks its 26th consecutive balanced budget. It was an outstanding year. The Museum maintained its financial health, presented a ground-shifting exhibition for Canada 150, and began the renewal of the Nonsuch Gallery as the Bringing Our Stories Forward Capital Renewal Project got underway. Spirit Lines, the Museum’s third northern outreach project, won the prestigious Governor General’s History Award and delivered new innovative education and public programs.
A balanced budget was achieved in great part to increased admission revenues, steady donations and sponsorship, and growth in Museum memberships. “We remain fiscally responsible with a continued commitment to balanced budgets. This, along with prestigious accreditation from Imagine Canada, puts the Museum in a position of strength to continue advancing the$17.5 million Bringing Our Stories Forward Capital & Endowment Campaign to ensure the Museum remains relevant for future generations of Manitobans,” says Scott Craig, outgoing Board Chair.
Overall attendance to the Museum during the 2017-2018 fiscal year was 303,191, including 74,596 student visits for curriculum-based programs and 45,689 complimentary visits through the Access for All community initiative designed for individuals who live in challenging circumstances and would not otherwise be able to attend.
The Museum hosted World’s Giant Dinosaurs, the first blockbuster exhibition in the newly expanded Alloway Hall. The exhibit of enormous ancient creatures (up to 66 feet in length and 22 feet high) delighted audiences and exceeded attendance targets helping the Museum top $1 million in admission revenue for only the second time in its history. As a rental venue with award-winning design and phenomenal lighting, Alloway Hall hosted a record number of events including trade shows, bar mitzvahs, fashion shows, and conferences.
The Museum was an obvious locale for a multitude of Canada 150 science and history initiatives. The most significant was the creation of its own exhibition, Legacies of Confederation: A New Look at Manitoba History, with a view to expanding the understanding of Indigenous perspectives, effects of immigration, and related environmental impacts.
The Learning and Engagement teams registered over 10,000 visitors to a variety of dynamic public programs. Families, adults, and seniors enjoyed a variety of new programs including Downward Dog with Dinos, From Talk to Table, Indigo Arrows beading workshops, A Night at the Museum Family Sleepover, and the most “stellar” event of the year – a free viewing party of the total eclipse held in the Planetarium.
“It was a whirlwind of a year that demonstrated the Manitoba Museum’s commitment to excellence as we deliver on our mission of expanding knowledge, sharing stories, and encouraging discovery,” says Claudette Leclerc, Executive Director and CEO of the Manitoba Museum.
The 2018-2019 Manitoba Museum Board of Governors are: James Cohen, Chair; Penny McMillan, Vice Chair and Revenue Committee Chair; Bob Brennan, Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair; Jeoff Chipman, Secretary and Capital & Endowment Campaign Chair; Scott Craig, Past-Chair and Nominating & Governance Committee Chair; Linda Burch, Human Resources & Compensation Committee Chair; Nancy Anderson; Loren Cisyk; Jessica Dumas; Charles Henaire; Marina James; Maureen Matthews; Fred Mazepa; Sam McLaughlin; Brigitte Sandron; Sherry Smith; Jackie Wild; and Claudette Leclerc, Executive Director and CEO (ex-officio).
The Manitoba Museum is a charitable, non-profit organization. The Government of Manitoba is its primary benefactor – but the Museum must secure 57% of its annual budget through earned revenue and fundraising initiatives. The Museum would not be sustainable without admissions, memberships, donations, sponsorships, and the invaluable work of almost 300 volunteers.