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Manitoba Museum @ Home

Always More To Discover!

May 29, 2020

ManitobaMuseum@Home continues to bring Pop-Up Talks, Planetarium Shows,  Skywatching, and other at-home experiences and activities right to your inbox. Enjoy!

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Upcoming Programs & Events

Manitoba Skies in June
June 1 • 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Discover what you can see in Manitoba’s skies during the month of June. Senior Planetarium Producer Scott Young walks through the constellations, planets, and celestial events for the coming month to help you plan your skywatching.
LEARN MORE

 

Animal Adaptations: Migration, Hibernation, and Nocturnal Behaviours
June 3 • 10:30 am – 10:45 am
Winter is cold, and night is long! Find out how some animals adapt to changing seasons, and how others are busiest when the sun is down..
LEARN MORE

 

Planetarium Show Watch Party – PREMIER: Robot Explorers
June 4 • 3:o0 pm – 3:30 pm
Experience the  award-winning planetarium show, Robot Explorers. This watch party is hosted by Senior Planetarium Producer Scott Young, and presented in partnership with the makers of the DIGISTAR planetarium projection system.
LEARN MORE

 

Les adaptations des animaux : La migration, l’hibernation et les animaux nocturnes
le 5 juin du 10h30 – 10h45
Pendant l’hiver, les journées sont froides et les nuits sont longues. Découvrir comment les animaux survivent le changement des saisons et pourquoi il y a des animaux qui aiment jouer seulement le soir.
PLUS


Colourful Moments

Replica 17th-century ship in the Nonsuch Gallery

Colour your way through the museum, one page at a time!

Nonsuch Ship Printable PDF
Artist: (Alexandra Plante)


Star Stories With Marvin – Episode 5: Orion’s Dogs

Marvin is the nickname we have given our Zeiss Planetarium Star Projector. Marvin reveals images of the stars on the Planetarium’s dome, but now he’s sharing…

Episode 5 – Orion’s Dogs

In Episode 5 of Star Stories with Marvin, find out why Orion’s two hunting dogs, Canis Major and Canis Minor, hold the title for “brightest star” and “lamest constellation”!


Always More To Discover!

May 22, 2020

We miss you so much, and are diligently preparing to safely welcome you back to YOUR Manitoba Museum. In the mean time, we’ve created a bunch of virtual experiences to share with you. Listen to short Pop-Up Talks, watch the skies with us, discover the importance of the fur trade, and see what lessons can be learned from past epidemics in Winnipeg.

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Upcoming Programs & Events

Animal Adaptations: Life Cycles
May 27 • 10:30 am – 10:45 am
Animals are clever creatures! Join us for a 15-minute Pop-Up Talk as we explore the different ways that animals reproduce and change as they grow.
LEARN MORE

Les adaptations des animaux: Les cycles de vie
le 29 mai de 10h30 – 10h45
Venez-nous joindre pour un Vox pop-up de quinze minutes. Observez les divers animaux et leurs cycles de vie et leurs changements de leur apparence pendant un cycle de viecomplet.
VOX POP-UP

Sortie scolaire virtuelle: Le commerce des fourrures
Le 28 mai de 10h – 10h30 
Nous allons explorer les différents rôles des personnes associées avec le commerce des fourrures (ex. trappeurs et commerçants) et le développement des entreprises comme la Compagnie de la Baie d’Hudson.
PLUS

This Too Shall Pass: A History of Epidemics in Winnipeg
May 28 • 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Join Dr. Leah Morton, Curatorial Assistant (History), for a discussion about how Winnipeggers lived through epidemics and how public health officials worked to contain and control these diseases.
LEARN MORE

Manitoba Skies: June
June 1 • 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Discover what you can see in Manitoba’s skies during the month of June. Senior Planetarium Producer Scott Young walks through the constellations, planets, and celestial events for the coming month to help you plan your skywatching.
LEARN MORE


Iris of the Prairies

Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium montanum) is not a grass at all; it is related to irises. This plants’ tiny, delicate flowers can be found in sunny, native prairies blooming in May and June. Check out the Manitoba Museum’s virtual Prairie Pollination exhibition for more information on Blue-eyed Grass.


Colourful Moments

Moths and Butterflies from the Boreal Corridor Gallery

Colour your way through the museum, one page at a time!

Featured: Moths and Butterflies from Boreal Corridor Gallery (Alexandra Plante)

Moths and Butterflies Printable PDF


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Always More To Discover!

May 1, 2020

On Wednesday, the Province of Manitoba announced that museums may open to the public on May 4. While we are not able to reopen immediately, we are preparing to meet the requirements to safely welcome our visitors back to their beloved Museum. We’ll let you know as soon as we determine when we will be opening again!

We know your next visit to the Museum will be a meaningful one, but until we can welcome you back safely, remember you can engage with us online. Check out our newsletters, follow updates on social media, and enjoy our virtual Museum experiences!

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350 Years of the Hudson’s Bay Company

Image: © Manitoba Museum/Ian McCausland

May 2 • 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm: May 2 marks the 350th anniversary of Hudson’s Bay Company. Join us online for a 30-minute Zoom and Facebook Live experience with Dr. Amelia Fay, the Manitoba Museum’s Curator of the HBC Museum Collection, as she shares some of her favourite artifacts from the collection and hosts a live interactive Q&A session.


International Astronomy Day Live!

 

May 2 • 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Join us for an afternoon of online presentations and hands-on activities to celebrate International Astronomy Day. Come back later in the evening for our online Telescope Party. See the Moon and the planet Venus up close. Take a star tour of the constellations.


Colourful Moments

Inukshuk Shows the Way to the Arctic /Subarctic Gallery

Colour your way through the museum, one page at a time!

Featured: Inukshuk (Genevieve Levasseur)

Inukshuk Printable PDF


Preserving our History Though Immersive Experiences

Many of the Museum’s dioramas are composed of real, once living plant materials that have been responsibly harvested and preserved.  Read this BLOG to learn more.


 

Episode 4 – The Planet Venus

That “bright light in the evening” is out of this world! Explore our nearest planetary neighbour.


The Depot at York Factory when Curators Dr. Amelia Fay
and Kevin Brownlee visited in 2015

A Prairie Province with a Coastline?

Although Manitoba is considered a Prairie province, many people forget that the northern part of our province has roughly 670 km of coastline along Hudson Bay! Check out this BLOG about a visit to the coastal community of York Factory.


Bluets at long last

Long-leaved Bluets (Houstonia longifolia) typically produces clusters of 10-50 flowering stems tipped with several small, white flowers.  It provides nectar to bees and long-tongued butterflies and moths in early spring. Learn about how wildflowers also help feed people in this BLOG.


Diorama Contest Deadline Extended to May 3

You still have time to enter our Moment in Time Diorama Content! The deadline to enter this contest for families and students has been extended to May 3. To learn about our Diorama Contest, click HERE.

 


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Always More To Discover!

April 24, 2020

ManitobaMuseum@home is our chance to share stories from our past and insight into all things science. We’re happy to offer you a peak behind the scenes, at-home activities, and virtual adventures to delight, inspire, and engage you.


This Blog Comes With A Warning…

Click HERE to discover a specialized specimen preparation process that very few people ever witness… if you’re not too squeamish.


Golden Days Are Here!

Golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea) is one of the earliest blooming plants in Manitoba, providing nectar for a wide range of spring pollinators. Want to grow your own pollinator garden? Check out this BLOG for tips.


Animal Adventures: The Pliosaur – Giant of the Ancient Sea

Join Shauna from our Learning and Engagement team to learn about the marine reptiles that lives in the cretaceous sea that covered Manitoba 65 million years …

Manitoba Used To Be Underwater?

Join Shauna from our Learning and Engagement team to learn about the marine reptiles that lives in the Cretaceous sea that covered Manitoba 65 million years ago.


Star Stories With Marvin – Episode 3: The North Star

Marvin is the nickname we have given our Zeiss Planetarium Star Projector. Marvin reveals images of the stars on the Planetarium’s dome, but now he’s sharing…

Episode 3: The North Star

Find your directions and connections in the night sky.


Have you Entered our Diorama Contest yet?

The deadline to enter this contest for families and students is May 1.
To learn about our Diorama Contest, click HERE.


Virtual Field Trips

Prison Bars

History Reveals How Crisis Can Lead To Social Change

History Reveals How a Crisis Can Lead to Change
Join us live online Friday, May 1 for a virtual field trip focused on the Winnipeg General Strike. Click HERE for more information.

Sortie scolaire virtuelle : La Grève 1919
Joignez-nous en ligne jeudi le 30 avril pour une excursion virtuelle axée sur la grève générale de Winnipeg.

 


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Always More To Discover!

April 18 2020

 


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Always More To Discover!

April 9, 2020

Our visitors have told us that the Manitoba Museum makes a significant contribution to the richness and quality of life in our city and our province. Our relationship with the community is strong and meaningful for all of us at the Manitoba Museum.

ManitobaMuseum@Home is our most important way of engaging with the people of Manitoba. We hope you, your families, and your students enjoy connecting with us as we share our history and explore space and science.

We are happy to take you on virtual tours, tell you some secrets, show you some of our 2.9 million artifacts and specimens, help you learn abut the night sky, and share some ideas for creative activities at home.

We want to hear from you. Tell us what you might like to see. Send us an email, follow us on social media, comment on our posts, or tag us in yours.


Fort Garry, 1869 • Signed L.-S (likely Lionel Stephenson) • Oil painting on artist’s board
Image: H9-11-603 © Manitoba Museum

Dirty Little Secrets

A lot goes on behind the scenes at the Manitoba Museum. Things you could not possibly imagine. Carolyn from our Conservation team is going to tell you about one of the surprising methods she uses to clean leather, beading, oil paintings, and wooden surfaces.

Read the Dirty Little Secrets Blog


How the Porcupine Really Uses Its Quills

Join Shauna from our Learning and Engagement team to learn about one of her favourite animals, the porcupine. How does it protect itself? Who are its relatives? Who are its enemies?

The Porcupine of the Boreal Forest Video
Other Animal Adventure Tours


Colourful Moments

Bison, Inspired by One of Our World-renowned Dioramas

Colour your way through the Museum, one page at a time! Stay tuned for your next colouring page adventure!

Featured: Métis Buffalo Hunt (Genevieve Levasseur)

Métis Buffalo Hunt Printable PDF 
Other Printable Colourful Moments


The Criddle family, who came to Manitoba in 1882, were famous naturalists.
Many items they collected or created were donated to the Manitoba Museum including
this watercolour by Norman Criddle, Manitoba’s first Provincial Entomologist.
Image: © Manitoba Museum, H9-24-49
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Where There’s Smoke There’s Avens!

Three-flowered Avens (Geum triflorum) is also commonly known as “Prairie Smoke” because its feathery seeds look like wisps of smoke. As its leaves are evergreen, this species can start growing as soon as the snow melts.

Check out the Manitoba Museum’s virtual Prairie Pollination exhibition for more information on Three-flowered Avens.

View Other Wildflowers here.


Episode 2: Orion the Hunter

Marvin is the nickname we have given our Zeiss Planetarium Star Projector. In Episode 2 of Star Stories with Marvin, you’ll learn about Orion the Hunter. Easy to find, Orion and his famous belt make good starting points for exploring our sky.

Other Star Stories with Marvin

 


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Always More To Discover!

April 4, 2020

ManitobaMuseum@Home is sharing even more this week. The Museum team is now working from home and remains committed to providing you with virtual experiences, activities, and opportunities for discovery.

We’ll continue to share content for families, teachers, and adults. You’ll discover Manitoba wildflowers, learn about fascinating fossils, and explore the night sky. You can watch captivating demonstrations, enjoy engaging activities at home, and enter contests for chances to win some great prizes.

We would love to hear from you. Send us an email, follow us, comment on our posts or tag us in yours.

Stay safe.


Star Stories With Marvin – Episode 1: The Big Dipper

Marvin is the nickname we have given our Zeiss Planetarium Star Projector. Marvin reveals images of the stars on the Planetarium’s dome, but now he’s sharing…

Marvin is the nickname we have given our Zeiss Planetarium Star Projector. Marvin reveals images of the stars on the Planetarium’s dome, but now he’s sharing stories about the stars with you at home. In Episode 1 of Star Stories with Marvin, you’ll learn about one of the most easily recognizable “constellations” in the night sky.


 

Featured: Zeiss Planetarium Star Projector (Rachel Lancaster)

Colourful Moments

We invited five artists to draw what inspired them at the Manitoba Museum. The result of their exploration is a collection of images that will allow you to colour your way through the Museum, one page at a time! Stay tuned for your next colouring adventure page!

Marvin the Star Projector Printable PDF


 

Hoary Puccoon starts flowering in April and provides a much beloved
burst of colour to the prairie after a long winter. 
Image: © Manitoba Museum

Early Spring Flowers

The early spring-flowering Hoary Puccoon (Lithospermum canescens) flowers have no noticeable scent. They provide a crucial source of nectar for long-tongued butterflies, clearwing moths, and queen bees after their long winter hibernation.

Take a stroll through the Manitoba Museum’s virtual Prairie Pollination exhibition for more information about the Hoary Puccoon.

Want to learn more about flowers? Visit our Wildflower Wednesdays page.


Can An Elk Find Love in a Diorama?

Spring is in the air and animals, are looking to start their families. In this video, Anya from our Learning and Engagement team, introduces you to an elk in one of our world-class dioramas. While explaining how dioramas work and how you can make one to enter into our Diorama Contest, Anya tells you the interesting ways male elks try to attract females.

Stay tuned for more Virtual Visits.


Chain Coral (Manipora sp.) Image: I-2579 © Manitoba Museum

A Tyndall Stone Classic

Manitoba Tyndall Stone holds a great variety of marine fossils. Chain corals (Manipora sp.) of Ordovician age (about 450 million years old) are often seen in walls of Manitoba buildings.

To learn more about the fossils covering the walls of the Manitoba Museum and many other structures throughout our beautiful province, check out this blog The Fossils That Surround Us written by Dr. Graham Young, Curator of Paleontology and Geology.

 


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We’re Coming to You!

March 28, 2020

Our hearts go out to those affected by COVID-19. Like many institutions, the Manitoba Museum is closed temporarily to help protect the health of our community. Now more than ever, we need to stay connected with one another but in different ways than we are used to. Until we can see you again, we are bringing the Museum to you with ManitobaMuseum@Home.

ManitobaMuseum@Home is a virtual museum experience where we’ll share the captivating history of our province, the science that explains our world, and the wonders of the universe. We hope you’ll enjoy engaging with the Manitoba Museum fun from the comfort of your home. Virtual tours, videos, demonstrations, and activities are all coming right to your inbox!


The Criddle family came to Manitoba in 1882 and were among the first naturalists in Manitoba. They recorded weather, painted wild plants, and collected specimens. This is a painting of Norman Criddle, Manitoba’s first Provincial Entomologist. H9-24-519

Celebrating Spring

“Manitoba’s provincial flower, the Prairie Crocus (Anemone patens) is a harbinger of spring, being the first wildflower of the year to bloom, usually in mid-April. Crocuses can live up to 50 years, producing more and more flowers with age.”

Dr. Diana Bizecki Robson,
Curator of Botany

You can read these blogs, developed by our collections and conservation team, to learn more about the Criddle family.

The Amazing Criddles: Part 1

The Amazing Criddles: Part 2


Manitoba Museum Diorama Contest

Introducing the Manitoba Museum Diorama Contest! Celebrating the diversity of Manitoba’s history, nature, and science, we want you to create your very own “m…

Creating a Moment in Time: Diorama Contest

The Manitoba Museum’s dioramas are some of our most popular exhibits; these three-dimensional models capture a moment in time and demonstrate the connections between humans and nature.

This year, the Manitoba Museum is celebrating our 50th anniversary, and we are encouraging classrooms and families to join in the celebrations by creating their own mini dioramas. To celebrate, we want you to create your own moment in time diorama featuring the diversity of Manitoba’s history, nature, and science.

Learn More


Visit the Manitoba Museum

The Museum’s collections reflect the heritage of Manitoba and other regions of the world. Our nine interpretive galleries explore the interrelationship of pe…

Take A Virtual Tour of the Manitoba Museum

Here is a video developed by our good friends at Travel Manitoba. While we remain temporarily closed, we hope you enjoy the ManitobaMuseum@Home.

 


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