Experience the Parklands region of Manitoba – a transition zone between the Boreal Forest to the north and the Prairies to the south. Marked by diversity, change, and opportunity, Manitoba’s heartland is home to a greater variety of life and landscapes than any other area of the province.
Leading down to the Lower Parklands Gallery, peek into a Narcisse-area limestone sinkhole where masses of red-sided garter snakes are awakening from winter hibernation. Enjoy the sweeping panorama of the Ukrainian Rye Farm and Delta Marsh dioramas, complete with a 27-metre wrap-around mural. Explore a limestone cave to discover hundreds of hand-created hibernating bats and other creatures. Other featured elements of the lower gallery include a Métis kitchen, contemporary Indigenous stories and Treaty exhibits, archaeological artifacts representing about 11,000 years of Manitoba’s history, and personal stories of immigration, and World War I and II experiences.
Take a peek inside!
Discover the many creatures living in the parklands including flowering plants, fungi, amphibians, birds, insects, mammals and reptiles. Image ©Manitoba Museum
Don’t forget to look down! Many exhibits include drawers with artifacts and specimens to explore. Image ©Manitoba Museum
The plants and animals of the Carberry Sand Dunes have adapted to thrive in their environment, as depicted in this exquisite diorama. Image ©Manitoba Museum
A turn of the century Ukrainian rye farm near Stuartburn comes alive in this spectacular diorama. Image ©Manitoba Museum
Listen for the calls of a black-crowned night heron among the cattails and reed grass in the prairie marsh. Image ©Manitoba Museum