A Guide to Winnipeg’s Best Museums

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Winnipeg offers a wealth of world-class museums in which to enjoy many worlds of art. In these museums, you may find art, creations, and artifacts to satisfy almost any audience. Winnipeg’s artistic displays showcase beauty, inspire change, mourn tragedy, educate us all, and so much more.

Leo Mol Sculpture Garden

Image via Flickr by D-Stanley

Address: 2355 Corydon Ave, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3P 0N6

Phone: 204-986-5537

Hours: 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

At the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden, you can revel in the stunning combination of fine sculpture against blossoming natural settings. This sculpture garden features the masterpieces of sculptor Dr. Leo Mol. This museum also houses the Leo Mol Gallery, which displays other artistic pieces by Dr. Mol, and the Leo Mol School House studio. Here, visitors can view the process through which a bronze statue is created.

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Image via Flickr by Bob Linsdell

Address: 85 Israel Asper Way, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 0L5

Phone: 204-289-2000

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This groundbreaking museum offers an opportunity to learn about human rights as never before. Here, the stories of human rights are brought to life by monuments, images, artifacts, words, and other creations of activists who changed the course of history. The museum features a wide variety of human rights themes, from freedom of expression to the legal rights of aboriginal Canadians. The striking design of the building is meant to symbolize a cloud wrapped around a mountain, with a gleaming spire at its peak to inspire hope.

Be prepared to experience every emotion here, from joy to sorrow. One of the more somber exhibits contains the bloodstained clothing of Malala Yousafzai, a remnant of the Taliban’s assassination attempt upon the young Pakistani activist who champions better education for girls. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is sure to provoke important conversations and inspire visitors to learn more about human rights causes — and possibly become activists themselves.

Manitoba Museum

Address: 190 Rupert Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 0NZ

Phone: 204-956-2830

Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; weekends and holidays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Manitoba Museum features nine permanent galleries that include such wonders as the Nonsuch, a full-size replica of a 17th-century ship, an exhibit dedicated to the roaring 1920s, a diorama of a historic bison hunt, and much more. Visitors can also enjoy stunning presentations in the Planetarium, the first in Canada to offer Digistar All-Dome digital projection technology. In the Science Gallery, visitors can interact with a tornado, brush up on scientific principles, and learn what they would weigh on other planets.

Perhaps when planning your trip, you will want a hotel that is close to the museums on your itinerary. Winnipeg has many fine hotels from which to choose, and many are within walking distance of these world-class museums and other exciting attractions.

The three museums mentioned here are just the beginning when it comes to enjoying art and culture in Winnipeg. The city’s other artistic venues include the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada, the Winnipeg Railway Museum, and the Manitoba Planetarium & Science Gallery — and the list goes on.  Clearly, Winnipeg is a city with an infinite capacity to feed our artistic souls.

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Hi Im Maggie and this is my Blog. Ive wanted to write a blog for, well, pretty much ages so here it is. Its just a few of the things I have picked up on my travels. I have 4 kids (yes 4) and Im married to Ian. Please leave a comment on my posts if you like what you see (or don't) and thanks for listening.