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10 More Places to Visit in Addition to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Article by Laura McKay, on behalf of Heritage Winnipeg Corp.
To follow up on this or any other articles on the blog, contact Heritage Winnipeg's Executive Director.

The Canadian Museum of Human Rights, as seen from a Muddy Waters boat tour.
 With the recent opening of the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, we thought we would do a post about the Winnipeg heritage and museum experience. The CMHR represents an awesome opportunity to attract tourists and international attention to the city of Winnipeg, as well as its vibrant heritage community.
The last post like this was such a success, we decided to do a second one! Here are some other places you should check out in the city that we missed: 

** NOTE: Some of these were not included in the previous article because they are only open during the summer. As always, please be sure to do your own research to ensure that the information posted here is still accurate at the time of your visit. We recommend doing this by checking the website or otherwise contacting the organization. 

1. Le Musee de Saint-Boniface/St. Boniface Museum

St. Boniface Museum/Le Musee de St. Boniface
494 Tache Avenue/avenue Tache

The St. Boniface Museum is housed in Winnipeg's oldest building, built in 1844 as a convent for Grey Nuns (les Soeurs Grises). It is an excellent example of Red River frame construction and displays arti­facts from the lives and cul­ture of the Fran­coph­one and M├ętis com­mu­ni­ties of Man­i­toba, includ­ing a spe­cial exhibit about Louis Riel.

April 2 to September 30
Monday-Friday 10:00am to 4:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 12:00pm to 4:00pm

October 1 to April 1 
Monday-Friday 10:00am to 4:00pm
Saturday 12:00pm to 4:00pm
CLOSED Sundays
$6 Adults
$5 Seniors
$5 Students
$4 Youth (6-17 Years)
Children 5 and under are free with an adult.
$15 Family (2 adults)
Prices are for self-guided admission and are subject to GST.
Guided tours are also available by appointment at an additional cost.
Doors Open Page:

2. Historical Museum of St. James-Assiniboia

Historical Museum of St. James-Assiniboia
3180 Portage Avenue

This museum focuses on the history of the St. James-Assiniboia district and is in fact made up of three buildings. The first is an authentic Red River frame log house built in the 1800s by William Brown and his Metis wife, Charlotte Omand. It is furnished to fit the period and is accompanied by the 1911 Municipal Hall building and a modern display building. The museum also offers interactive theatre and educational programming to promote the history of the late 19th century pioneers.

Regular Season: May to September long weekend
Off-Season: September to early May

Monday - Friday: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (regular season)
closed (off-season)
Sunday: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (regular season)
closed (off-season)
By Donation

3. Western Canada Aviation Museum 

(photo from WCAM Facebook page. Be sure to be logged in to Facebook to view!)
958 Ferry Road

The Western Canada Aviation Museum tells the story of Canada's relationship with the skies. From bush pilots and military aviation to the glamour of the early passenger planes and Canadian innovators, this museum has it all.

Monday through Friday: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Saturdays: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sundays: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Adult: $7.50
Seniors & Students: $5.00
Children (ages 3-12): $3.00
Family rate (2 adults / 3 children): $18.00

4. St. Andrew's Rectory National Historic Site/St. Andrew's Heritage Centre

Photo courtesy of the St. Andrew's Heritage Centre website
 374 River Road (St. Andrew's)

Designated as a national historic site in 1962, St. Andrew's rectory was built as the home for the minister of the nearby St. Andrew's Anglican Church. The site features exhibits about Red River architecture, the roles of the Church Missionary Society and the Church of England in the settlement of the Red River and the nearby St. Andrew's Anglican Church and Cemetery are key points. Grounds are open to visitors year round.

Grounds open year round.

  July and August (Interpreters available)
Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sundays Noon to 5:00 p.m

5. Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site 

Photo courtesy of the Parks Canada website below.
A half-hour drive 32 km (20 miles) north of downtown Winnipeg and a few minutes south of Selkirk on Highway #9 (Main Street)
While technically outside the city of Winnipeg, this site in St. Andrew's, Manitoba, is worth mentioning. The only stone fort from the fur trade era to be restored in North America, this site helps tell the story of Winnipeg's beginning. This fort is also mentioned in our blog post about Upper Fort Garry.
May 12 – June 30, 2014
Monday to Friday 9:30am-5:00pm
Saturday/Sunday - Grounds open to visitors but buildings closed
    July 1 (Canada Day) – September 1 (Labour Day), 2014
    Open 7 days a week, 9:30 am–5:00 pm 

    September 2, 2014 – May 10, 2015
    The regular seasonal visitor program is closed for the winter.
    Enjoy a stroll through the historic grounds at no charge. (Historic buildings are closed.)
    Adult $7.80
    Senior $6.55
    Youth $3.90
    Family/Group $19.60

    6. Oseredok Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre

     184 Alexander Avenue East
    This centre is the largest Ukrainian Cultural Centre of its kind in North America, right here in Winnipeg. Purchase Ukrainian souvenirs in the gift shop, admire art work in the gallery, find folklore and children's books in the library, or explore the history of the Ukraine in the museum.
     Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm
    Source/Website: (under construction) (their blog)

    7. Seven Oaks House Museum 

    50 Mac Street

    Named after a nearby creek where seven large oak trees once stood and where the famous battle in 1816 took place, this house was the residence of the Inkster family until 1912, when it became the property of the city of Winnipeg. It is one of the oldest surviving residences in Manitoba and now contains a museum, which seeks to promote community pride and understanding of the early history of Manitoba.
    Hours: 10am-5pm from Victoria Day to Labour Day; 
    Museum closed for Fall/Winter season but Grounds and McGowan Park are open year-round.
    Admission: By Donation
    Doors Open Page: 

    8. Ross House Museum   

    140 Meade Street North

    Ross House was the first post office in Winnipeg, contained within the home of the first postmaster, William Ross. The house has been relocated multiple times to save it from demolition and it now serves to share the stories of the Ross and Coldwell families, the history of the Red River Settlement, and the historic North Point Douglas community where it is now located.

    Hours: June 1 to August 31
    10am - 4pm Wednesday through Sunday
    Admission: Free - Donations Welcome

    9. Riel House National Historic Site 

    330 River Road
    Home of the Riel family, it is this home where the body of Louis Riel was held in state for two days after his execution in 1885. Learn about Louis Riel and his participation that helped to make Manitoba a province of the newly-formed country of Canada.
    July 1 - September 1
     7 days a week, 10am-5pm
     Adult $3.90
    Senior $3.40
    Youth $1.90
    Family/Group $9.80 

    10. The Manitoba Museum 

    Post by The Manitoba Museum.
    (Be sure to be logged into Facebook in a separate tab to view)
    190 Rupert Avenue
    Last but certainly not least, is the Manitoba Museum. Explore the history of Manitoba through the galleries, have fun in the science gallery, view relevant short films in the planetarium, or enjoy one of the rotating special exhibits, such as the Real Pirates exhibit currently open. Don't forget to check out the gift shop for cool Manitoba souvenirs on your way out!
    WINTER HOURS (September 2, 2014 – May 15, 2015)
    Tuesday to Friday – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Saturday, Sunday & Holidays – 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Closed non-holiday Mondays
    For one Area:
    Adult $9.00
    Youth/Student/Senior $7.50
    Child $6.50   
    Admission varies depending on the number of areas you intend to visit and whether or not you are attending a special exhibit. For complete details, see the charts on their website here 

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