The Manitoba Museum is an award-winning heritage and edutainment centre that welcomes many thousands of visitors each year. Though its design might not be as awe inspiring as The Canadian Museum For Human Rights, the now 50 year-old Manitoba Museum is definitely an extensive look into Manitoba's past.
Home to around 2.6 million artefacts and specimens, this museum is Winnipeg’s largest. The Museum Galleries provide various visual and interactive exhibitss.
A highlight is time traveling back to the roaring 20’s at the museum’s Urban Gallery, a faithful recreation of a Winnipeg street scene from yesteryear. The full-size replica of a ship named the ‘Nonsuch’ is another museum showcase where you can mount the life-size replica to explore life onboard.
A nice surprise at the exhibit comes from a 4-piece band in period costume singing old sea shanties.
As well as an extensive variety of touring and specialty exhibits, the museum is home to a total of nine permanent galleries. The Science Gallery is one that’s especially popular with young ones and features many exciting and interactive exhibits that will have you making your own discoveries. Visitors can do their own scientific explorations by interacting with a tornado, finding out their weight on other planets and trying out their skills on a laser harp.
Today The Manitoba Museum also incorporates the Planetarium. A very sci-fi experience can be had thanks to state-of-the-art digital projection technology. Shows take place everyday with projections covering the entire dome with a single continuous video image.
Planetarium shows commonly take place during the afternoon on weekdays and throughout the day on weekends, so check the schedule before you arrive and purchase a discounted ticket as part of your museum entry.