Nonsuch Gallery

Nonsuch Gallery Temporarily Closed

Nonsuch returns June 8, 2018.



The Manitoba Museum has temporarily closed the Nonsuch Gallery for renewal with plans to re-open the Gallery on June 8th 2018.

The closing of the Nonsuch Gallery marks the beginning of construction for the Bringing Our Stories Forward Capital Renewal Project.

The renewal of the Nonsuch Gallery will see minimal impacts on the ship itself, with the exception of re-rigging it for historical accuracy, and longevity. Our current storyline places the Nonsuch in 1668, Deptford, England.  Nonsuch awaits high tide, morning light is glimmering on the horizon, and the voyage that would eventually launch the Hudson’s Bay Company is about to begin. This trip to the “new world” not only led to the founding of the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1670 but was instrumental in establishing global commerce in western Canada.

The renewed Nonsuch Gallery will see the overall narrative of the gallery flip – instead of departing from Deptford in 1668, the Nonsuch is returning to Deptford from Hudson Bay in 1669. In this new version, the cargo hold of the ship is filled with furs from trading with the Cree of Hudson Bay. Sailors are sharing tales of having wintered in the ‘new world,’ having camped at the mouth of the Rupert River (modern-day Waskagnaish, Quebec).  This and many more exciting changes are planned for the Nonsuch Gallery.

This renewal project is made possible through the Bringing Our Stories Forward Capital & Endowment Campaign.  Special thanks to the many donors, especially to the HBC History Foundation and Canadian Heritage – Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, for their investment.

About the Nonsuch - The Nonsuch replica was built in England to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1970. It is considered one of the finest replicas in the world, and sailed 14,000 kilometres of salt and fresh water before finding her home at the Manitoba Museum in 1974. For those who might think the ship might ever leave the Museum, it’s important to note that the gallery walls were built around the Nonsuch and she cannot be removed from the Museum! The reopening of the Nonsuch Gallery coincides with the 350th anniversary of the voyage of the Nonsuch to Hudson Bay in 1668.

summary of the Nonsuch story, by Laird Rankin, author of The Return Nonsuch: The Ship that Launched an Empire. This publication is available at the Museum Shop.

Upcoming Bringing Our Stories Forward Projects

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