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Winnipeg, MB (October 12, 2017): An important piece of Canadian history is coming to life at the Manitoba Museum in Winnipeg from October 28 to November 5. Journey of a Lifetime, Presented by BMO Financial Group shares the stories of the people, places and journey involved in the largest wave of immigration in Canadian history. Journey of a Lifetime is a live theatre presentation and an interactive exhibit that evokes the Colonist Car experience and re-creates this incredible period of Canadian history. The family-friendly performance, written by Alberta playwright, Winn Bray, and produced by Heritage Park Historical Village in Calgary, Alberta in collaboration with Quest Theatre Society, is the story of ...
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Winnipeg, MB (September 12, 2017): As Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the U.S. Consul in Winnipeg presents two photographic exhibits; Northern Stars: 150 Years of U.S. – Canada Relations, and Eyes on the Arctic: U.S. – Canadian Cooperation in the North at the Manitoba Museum from September 25 to October 15. The exhibits are free with paid admission to any Museum area. Along with sharing the world’s longest border, the United States and Canada share a rich and complex history. These bilingual, multimedia displays showcase the historic relationship between our countries, our shared Arctic heritage, and U.S.– Canada cooperation in the Arctic. The exhibits highlight intriguing stories and ...
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Winnipeg, MB (August 17, 2017): On Monday, August 21, 2017, between 11:30 am and 2:30 pm, the Manitoba Museum will be hosting a FREE Eclipse Viewing Party. When the sun and moon will align in the daytime sky, it will create a rare celestial sight: a solar eclipse. A terrific place to see this eclipse will be on the Plaza at the Manitoba Museum. In partnership with the Winnipeg Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, solar telescopes will be available to safely view the partial eclipse. Live views of the total eclipse will be televised from the centerline of its path with commentary by Planetarium astronomer, Scott Young. Millions of ...
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Winnipeg, MB (July 25, 2017): Adults are invited to party the night away in World’s Giant Dinosaurs, with the latest incarnation of the Manitoba Museum’s Adult Evening. Dinos After Dusk, takes place on Thursday, August 10 from 7 pm to 11 pm. Visitors will travel back in time for a prehistoric neon dance party enjoying after-hours access to the exhibit. With glass in hand, visitors will get to toast T. rex and munch on snacks beside a 66-foot-long Mamenchisaurus! DJ King Cabernet will provide music, while visitors test their “driving” skills in a dino racing obstacle course presented by the Canada Games Sport for Life Centre. Adults will enjoy ...
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Winnipeg, MB (July 11, 2017): On Monday, August 21, 2017, the sun and moon will align in the daytime sky, creating a rare celestial sight: a solar eclipse. Manitobans can see a partial eclipse, but to view the event safely you need to prepare. The Manitoba Museum’s Planetarium has created a special planetarium show and will host a live eclipse viewing session to celebrate the event. The Manitoba Museum’s new Planetarium, Chasing the Shadow, celebrates the science, history, and cultural impacts of eclipses; and demonstrates how to observe the eclipse safely. Solar eclipse glasses are available for sale through the Museum Shop for $3 a pair (while supplies last). On ...
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Winnipeg, MB (July 17, 2017): In the spirit of reconciliation, a committee representing more than 20 indigenous and settler organizations is Honouring The Spirit of 1817 and raising public awareness by commemorating the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Peguis Selkirk Treaty. Dr. Maureen Matthews, Curator of Cultural Anthropology at the Manitoba Museum has been a member of the Committee to Commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Peguis Selkirk Treaty, co-chaired by Bill Shead of Peguis First Nation (and former Mayor of Selkirk) and John Perrin of The Scottish Heritage Council of Manitoba. The Peguis Selkirk Treaty, negotiated fifty years before Confederation, was modeled on fur trade treaties and long term fur trade ...
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Winnipeg, MB (June 28, 2017): Kids get to Think BIG with World’s Giant Dinosaurs  at Manitoba Museum week-long Summer Day Camps, which start the week of July 10. And, new this year, one-day camps provide an exciting Rocket Camp where your child will build and take home an ESTES flying rocket model. There are still spaces available, but register right away, as spots are limited. Kids will enjoy a variety of adventures at Museum Summer Day Camps including: a visit to the NEW World’s Giant Dinosaurs where they will play in the fossil dig pit; an exploration of Manitoba through nine Museum Galleries; hands-on fun in the Science Gallery; ...
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Winnipeg, MB (June 27, 2016): The Manitoba Museum invites children to wear red and white in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary to receive free admission to the Legacies of Confederation: A New Look at Manitoba History exhibit (includes free entry to Museum Galleries). This Canada 150 exhibit offers a fascinating look at the impacts of confederation on Manitoba. Visitors can also enjoy the premiere of the Planetarium show Chasing the Shadow: This Summer’s Solar Eclipse, and take in the summer blockbuster exhibit World’s Giant Dinosaurs. The year of Canada’s 150th anniversary happens to coincide with a total solar eclipse which will occur on Monday, August 21! For many Canadians, ...
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Winnipeg, MB (June 23, 2017): At its Annual General Meeting last night, the Manitoba Museum announced that it has achieved prestigious accreditation from the Imagine Canada’s Standards Program – the first museum in Canada to do so. This announcement was complimented by the report that 2016-17 marks the 25th consecutive balanced budget for the Museum. It was a remarkable year and the Museum maintained its financial health thanks to sound financial management, continued increases in donations and sponsorship, a 35% growth in Museum memberships, and an increase in admissions revenue. The Imagine Canada accreditation positions the Manitoba Museum within a growing community of more than 220 organizations dedicated to ...
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Winnipeg, MB (May 24, 2017):  The Manitoba Museum set a new attendance record for the opening of a new exhibit this past weekend.  Over the long weekend, there were more than 7,000 visits to the Museum during the opening of the new exhibit, World’s Giant Dinosaurs located in the newly expanded Alloway Hall.  This is the first blockbuster exhibit to be featured in Alloway Hall since it was reopened in March, 2017. World’s Giant Dinosaurs pulls together reconstructions, animatronics, and sculptures of some of the largest dinosaurs found from around the world including a duo of sauropods. The largest animatronic dinosaur, Brachiosaurus, measures 24 feet high and the longest animatronic ...
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For Immediate Release (May 18): The Manitoba Museum presents the never-before-seen World’s Giant Dinosaurs exhibit May 19 to September 4. With enormous plant-eating sauropods joining the meat-eating T. rex, this exhibit is sure to leave a BIG impression! The Manitoba Museum recently reopened Alloway Hall; with twice the square footage and even higher ceilings, the Museum was ‘Thinking Big’ when it engaged the services of Jurassic Park advisor and excavator of the world's largest dinosaurs, "Dino" Don Lessem for its inaugural blockbuster exhibit. World’s Giant Dinosaurs is an all new exhibit custom made for the Manitoba Museum. Inspired by the grand new dimensions of the Hall, Lessem worked with ...
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For Immediate Release (May 15): Fact or fiction? Learn the truth about dinosaurs in the media. Get the scoop on the latest discoveries about hot-blooded, living and strange-looking dinosaurs, huge and tiny, from Jurassic Park advisor, author, and World’s Giant Dinosaurs exhibit creator, Dino Don Lessem on Friday May 19 at 7pm. This event kicks off the Museum’s new hours for the run of World’s Giant Dinosaurs which includes being open to the public on Fridays until 9pm. Dino Don’s claim to fame is his role as on the set of Jurassic Park, acting as an advisor for Steven Spielberg as Michael Crichton’s bestselling book Jurassic Park was brought to ...
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Winnipeg, MB (May 12): In an early birthday party celebration, the Manitoba Museum welcomed 8,434 Museum visits on Saturday May 6 as the province of Manitoba turns 147 years on May 12, 2017! Line-ups coursed through the lower level as hundreds of families took in Planetarium shows and stood in line to get their turn in the Science Gallery. Steady streams of Museum-goers filled through the nine Museum Galleries pausing to line up at the Nonsuch and Proscenium Theater in the Urban Gallery. This free event is made possible through the generous support of Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries. As part of the Access for All community initiative, Manitoba Liquor & ...
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Spend a Night at the Manitoba Museum! DinoSnores – Museum offers First Public Sleepover For Immediate Release (May 10, 2017): When the doors close, and the lights go down, what kind of adventures await you at the Manitoba Museum? Does the pliosaur come alive in the Earth History Gallery? Will the Mamenchisaurus run from the T. Rex in World’s Giant Dinosaurs? There’s only one way to find out – with DinoSnores: A Night at the Museum! In its first publicly offered sleepover, the Museum invites families for an exciting overnight experience on June 3. Travel back in time and learn how dinosaurs grew to be so big, investigate Manitoba’s ...
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Winnipeg (May 4, 2017): The Manitoba Museum continues its drive to raise $19 million towards the Bringing Our Stories Forward Capital and Endowment Campaign, with the announcement of another lead gift of $250,000 from James Cohen and Linda McGarva Cohen. The campaign will fund the Museum’s renewal of 42% of its Galleries by 2020, in time for a landmark year that will celebrate the Province of Manitoba’s 150th anniversary, the Museum’s 50th, and Hudson Bay Company’s (HBC) 350th. Over the last 50 years, the Manitoba Museum has told the story of Manitoba’s natural and human history. During this period, we’ve learned more about Manitoba’s Indigenous Peoples, waves of immigrants ...
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Winnipeg, MB (April 27, 2016): .Making a stop in Winnipeg on its tour across the country, Innovation 150 brings an exhibit and hands-on programming to the Manitoba Museum in celebration of Canada’s 150th. The Innovation 150 project includes three distinct experiences: an exhibit entitled The Power of Ideas, presentations on innovation, and a Maker Space workshop. Coordinated by the Canadian Association of Science Centres this exciting opportunity is only at the Museum from May 1 to 4. (Entry to The Power of Ideas exhibit is included with regular admission May 2 to 4.) The Power of Ideas exhibit in Festival Hall is open to the public and focuses on the process ...
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Winnipeg, MB (April 20, 2017): The Manitoba Museum can take you many places – back in time or across the known universe! This weekend, travel back in time to learn about the lifestyle of the heroic Sarah Ballenden of the Red River Settlement , or explore outer space in celebration of International Astronomy Week! Museum Galleries Tour: The Era of Sarah Ballenden The Manitoba Museum has partnered with the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre for a special pre-theatre guided tour that explores what life was like for the heroine of their upcoming play, Sarah Ballenden. About the Play: Against the landscape of the developing Red River Settlement, Sarah Ballenden has developed ...
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Winnipeg, MB (April 7, 2017): The Manitoba Museum once again took home a Canadian Museums Association (CMA) Award of Outstanding Achievement, this time in the Exhibitions, Science and Technology category (for Museums with annual operating budgets over $1M). On Friday, April 7, at the 2017 CMA National Conference in Ottawa, this excellence was recognized during an awards gala. The winning Pliosaur Exhibit features a 90-million-year-old fossil and a full-scale reconstruction of the marine reptile, a type of plesiosaur – extinct reptiles that were at the top of the food chain in the Cretaceous seas. The jury was unanimous in its decision, noting that this project was nationally significant and ...
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Jeoff Chipman, Chair of the Capital & Endowment Campaign (far left) and Claudette Leclerc (far right) with project funders (l to r): Rick Frost, CEO, The Winnipeg Foundation; The Honourable Rochelle Squires, Minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage; Brigitte Gibson, Regional Director General - Prairies & Northern Region,  Department Canadian Heritage. Winnipeg, MB (March 24, 2017): After $5.8 million investment, the newly expanded and remodelled Alloway Hall opened its doors for the first time on Thursday, March 23, 2017. Completed on time and on budget, the Museum welcomed 400 funders, project partners, sponsors, donors and friends to celebrate the opening of the 9,750-square-foot exhibit space. Elders Clarence & Barb Nepinak offered ...
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Winnipeg, MB (March 23, 2017): The Manitoba Museum is open every day during Spring Break. The Museum Galleries, Planetarium and Science Gallery will be open DAILY from March 25 to April 2 from 10 AM to 5 PM. The Museum Galleries feature all your favourites – the bison, the Nonsuch and Winnipeg in the 1920s – as well as the temporary exhibit Legacies of Confederation: A New Look at Manitoba History. Interactive exhibits offer fun for everyone in the Science Gallery, including the Brickyard: Build with LEGO Bricks, the temporary NASA Moon Rock exhibit, and moon-themed hands-on fun in the Explore Science Zone. Visit the Planetarium to learn about the current ...
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Winnipeg, MB (March 17, 2017): The Manitoba Museum recently delivered a dozen educational kits to schools in two northern Manitoba communities. These kits, the products of a project called SPIRIT LINES, were developed to re-introduce oral histories and physical specimens to the communities of Norway House Cree Nation and Garden Hill First Nation. The artifacts are currently in the Museum's collections but originate from these two communities and include embroidered mitts, watch pockets, and rock sculptures, among other items. The Museum collaborated with many members of each community in the development of the SPIRIT LINES kits. In particular, Byron Beardy, the son of the late artist Jackson Beardy and the originally collector of the oral histories on the ...
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Winnipeg, MB (March 14, 2017): The Manitoba Museum is asking visitors to THINK BIG with its huge never-before-seen exhibit, World’s Giant Dinosaurs, which opens in the newly-renovated and expanded Alloway Hall on May 19. And volunteers are needed to take on a number of roles making sure that everyone’s Museum experience is a great one. A variety of dinosaur-themed programming will support the World’s Giant Dinosaurs exhibit and the Museum needs volunteers to greet visitors, interpret in the exhibit and assist with hands-on activities for children, including a dino dig! New this year, the Museum will be open until 9:00 pm on Friday evenings for the run of the ...
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Winnipeg, MB (February 9, 2017): Commemorating the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation, the Manitoba Museum opens a new temporary exhibit today entitled, Legacies of Confederation: A New Look at Manitoba History. Though Manitoba was not yet a province in 1867, the effects of Confederation on the Red River residents when their homeland was acquired by Canada were momentous. The Legacies of Confederation exhibit illustrates the massive consequences for the people and the irrevocable changes to their land – the land that became Manitoba. The exhibit highlights iconic artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s extensive collection, as well as some loaned items including the seldom seen walking stick used by ...
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Winnipeg, MB (February 1, 2017):  BMO Financial Group is supporting the Bringing Our Stories Forward Capital & Endowment Campaign with a generous donation of $250,000. The year 2020 is going to be a landmark year in Manitoba as three major anniversaries are recognized - Manitoba Museum’s 50th, the province’s 150th, and HBC’s 350th. In preparation for this big event, the Manitoba Museum is renewing 42% of its galleries including the Urban Gallery, which features a component of an original 1880s Bank of Montreal building. Additionally, the Nonsuch, Grasslands, and Orientation Galleries will be renewed and a new Winnipeg Gallery will be opened. “We’ve had a great relationship doing business ...
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Winnipeg, MB [January 26, 2017]: On Thursday, April 27 the Manitoba Museum’s Canada 150 Tribute dinner will honour the spirit of generosity and the leaders who are community builders in our province.  Many generous Manitobans have contributed to making this province strong, and have helped make Canada great. Manitoba is known as one of the most giving, charitable provinces; one that is also characterized by strong leaders who espouse a vibrant philanthropic spirit. Many of these individuals, who give from the heart and have a passion for making the world a better place, shun the spotlight and opt for “Anonymous” on the donor lists. Gregg Hanson C.M., FCPA, FCA ...
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Winnipeg, MB (January 13, 2017):  The Manitoba Museum has selected the Manitoba-based company Bockstael Construction as the general contractor, with AldrichPears Associates (APA), based in Vancouver, as the project lead for the Museum’s Gallery Renewal Project, Bringing Our Stories Forward. The $19 million project will see close to half of the Museum’s galleries undergo staged renewal over three years. Its 2020 end date will coincide with three other landmark anniversaries: the Province of Manitoba’s 150th, the Hudson’s Bay Company’s 350th, and the Manitoba Museum’s 50th. The Bringing Our Stories Forward project will see the Manitoba Museum’s galleries updated with exciting, contemporary perspectives on Manitoba history. Working in partnership with ...
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Winnipeg, Manitoba - January 9 2017: World’s Giant Dinosaurs, a never-before-seen exhibit, opens at the Manitoba Museum in the newly expanded Alloway Hall this May. Representing giant dinosaurs from around the globe, the exhibit offers visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with recreations of some of the largest animals that ever lived, from the enormous in stature, but small-brained, plant-eating Mamenchisaurus to the fearsome, meat-eating Tyrannosaurus rex. World’s Giant Dinosaurs includes fossils, casts, statues, robotics, videos and other media, as well as hands-on activities and a dino dig pit, illustrating the story of how dinosaurs evolved to such enormous sizes, and how they dominated life on land for ...
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