Manitoba Museum
Manitoba Museum
4.5
Natural History MuseumsScience MuseumsObservatories & PlanetariumsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Manitoba Museum is the province's largest centre for heritage and science learning, unique in its combined human and natural history themes, immersive world class dioramas, science and astronomy education, and in the scope and quality of its programs. Housed within the Centennial Concert Hall campus and across from City Hall, the Manitoba Museum presents three main offerings to the public: the Museum Galleries, the Planetarium, and the Science Gallery.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • AltabasTravels
    London, United Kingdom267 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting museum; give yourself half a day minimum
    Really enjoyed the museum but we didn't give ourselves enough time to get around all the exhibits. You need at least half a day to get around just the museum exhibits . If you want to go to the science exhibits and/or the planetarium you really need to go all day. Particularly enjoyed learning about the first Nations as well as the wildlife and extinct animals of the Manitoba region.
    Thank you for your five-star review! We're happy to hear you enjoyed your recent visit to the Museum and hope to see you again soon.
    Written 7 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 September 2023
  • Cannuckk
    Langley, Canada360 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must See on a Visit to Winnipeg
    As visitors from BC, we were interested to compare our provincial museum in Victoria ( recently in the news because of a failed renewal attempt by the government that was massively panned by the populace) with Manitoba’s. My conclusion was that BC could take quite a few pages from Manitoba’s book in considering what a good provincial museum should look like. We spent over 4 hours ( and could easily have stayed longer) in the history museum and found it both comprehensive and enjoyable. The replica ship Nonsuch was a highlight ( the Docent at the ship was full of information), but there were great exhibits throughout the museum. Only one minor complaint and one comment; as mentioned above we were there over 4 hours. The museum has spots to sit and rest along the way, but relatively few where you could sit and be educated/entertained at the same time via say a short video etc. Right at the start of the museum there was an exhibit that allowed you to sit and experience a video that illustrated what you might have seen in the tropical sea when the Manitoba area was ( apparently) bordering on Earth’s equator millions of years ago. As a scuba diver I felt almost like I was on a dive. But, the next place to be entertained while resting didn’t come until some two hours later ( an entertaining audio exhibit about the beginning of trade between the First Nations and first Europeans). I imagine as technology becomes fully integrated into the Museum we might see more of this. My other comment is that the museum offered a “deal” where you got a discount if you bought a combined ticket to the Planetarium, Science Hall and History Halls. It seemed ( at least if you were buying tickets online) that you had to do everything the same day to take advantage of this promotion. We might have liked to have bought the combo ticket had we been able to use it over more than one day. I don’t think you can really do the history museum justice if you try to combine it with the other two in one day.
    Thank you for your five-star review! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your recent visit and always appreciate feedback on where we can continue improving visitor experience. We hope to see you again on your next visit through Winnipeg!
    Written 22 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 September 2023
  • ghamm0nd
    Winnipeg, Canada41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to learn some of the history of Manitoba
    We were there for two hours and saw half of the museum. The Mennonite Clock Exhibit is a must see! It is very unfortunate that when groups of students from schools in the Winnipeg area arrive and tour, the leaders do not take a certain area and go into detail with the students. It is a wonderful place to learn some of the history of Manitoba. Some of the history is good but some not so. It was unfortunate the gift shop was not open, ( I think it is only open on weekends) but one can go on line to order items - that is what I was told.
    Thank you for your five-star review! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your recent visit to the Museum Galleries and 'Keeping Time'. We always appreciate feedback on where we can continue improving visitor experience. School groups are booked in advance by teachers on a specific subject relating to the school curriculum. These field trips may take the group through different areas of the Museum or may stay in one area for most of the visit. depending on the subject. You're correct, the Gift Shop is only open on weekends at the moment, but you can shop online. We hope to see you again soon!
    Written 28 June 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 February 2024
  • rehne_do
    Winnipeg, Canada142 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Love love love this place! I am certainly going back
    Went there with my family. This Museum has so many sections dedicated to how Manitoba evolved over years. Right from stones & minerals that Manitoba is formed of, to the cultural tribes that wove the threads Manitoba's evolution, from all possible angles. Impressive display of artifacts. Interactive enough to engage the entire family. Overall - strongly recommended place
    Thank you for your five-star review! We're happy to hear you enjoyed your recent visit to the Museum and hope to see you again soon.
    Written 28 June 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 March 2024
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Chris I
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
veryone seems to cover just how educational and vast this museum is. So I will cover some practical things. I came with three little children. Just before you enter the museum, there is a security guard and on the right is Alloway Hall. You can hang your heavy coats here and here you can bring food to eat at the tables. This is important to note because no food or drink is allowed inside the museum and you’ll be walking and walking! Speaking of walking, there are red, single strollers available free of charge (if you can find one!)
My family of kids began to complain halfway through the exhibits so we made a beeline for Alloway Hall for snack time. No food is served but there were Vending machines available with soft drinks and snacks. Also, the restroom in the main lobby is for both men and women, diaper changing unit in the large stall next to sink. Hope this will help you in your planning and safe travels!
Written 18 March 2023
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Thank you for your review and for these helpful tips for future visitors! We're happy to hear you enjoyed your recent visit and hope to see you again soon.
Written 14 April 2023
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damarisbredin
Winnipeg, Canada26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
Loved this museum, especially the later sections focusing on the history of the HBC (Hudson’s Bay Company), Manitoba and Winnipeg. The Nonsuch is an excellent part of this museum as are all the artefacts donated and collected by the museum. My favourite part was actually the 1919 Winnipeg replica at the very end of the museum. This was so well done and beautifully set up with a boardwalk, a railway, staircases and alcoves leading to different era-appropriate Winnipeg businesses, conversation between citizens about the 1919 strike, and a darling 20s theatre. Definitely recommend the Manitoba Museum for Manitobans and visitors alike. You could easily spend the whole day here and can freely pop out for lunch in the Exchange. Great for kids as well.
Written 28 March 2022
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Thank you for your lovely review damarisbredin! We're so glad to hear that your enjoyed your visit! We hope to see you again soon.
Written 30 March 2022
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Danya F
Columbus, OH405 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
There is a lot to this museum! We spent the entire day here with a break for lunch at Clementine's and for the planetarium show (weekends only), and we still didn't have enough time. The building seems manageable from the outside, but there is room after room of exhibits, information to read, and even a film on the history of Winnipeg at the end. If you like museums, plan to be here when it opens and spend the day.
Written 27 November 2021
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Thank you for your kind review Danya! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit, and everything the Museum has to offer!
Written 7 December 2021
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Brampton, Canada20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Solo
I’ve always wanted to visit Winnipeg. Many people asked why? Just a feeling and learning how my fellow Canadians live. Winnipeg has impressive public spaces and the Museum is one of the finest I’ve ever visited.

It’s a strong collection with an integrated story of the history of Manitoba woven throughout. The donation by the Hudson’s Bay Company including a replica sea-faring vessel and the walk-thru 1920’s Winnipeg street experience go above the “typical Canadian city museum”. Be sure to see the Winnipeg movie.

Not knowing what to expect, I arrived two hours before the Museum closed and seeing all the galleries took that time. I didn’t have a chance to see the gift shop as it was closing as I left. It’s definitely worth experiencing if you’re coming to Winnipeg.
Written 23 August 2022
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Thank you for your review, Nickerje! We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit through the Museum Galleries during your time in Winnipeg. We hope to see you again should you be back in Winnipeg!
Written 25 August 2022
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adventure and retire
Pincourt, Canada111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
I been there twice now and I love it every time. Some days of the month it is free to go inside. Check it out !! The Manitoba Museum, previously the Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature, is a human and natural history museum in Winnipeg, Manitobheritage and science education. Kid will love it there.
Written 15 December 2022
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Thank you for your five-star review! We're so glad you enjoyed your recent visit to the Museum. We have free evenings with special programming on the First Friday of every month. Looking forward to seeing you again soon!
Written 16 January 2023
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nathalie1979
Louisville, KY90 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
The museum itself is nice. However the staff aren’t the nicest. I expected more from Canadians. I always thought they’re the nicest people however the visit to the museum proved me wrong. Kaitlin (the membership coordinator) is really rude as well as security staff. Allot more time to visit the place. It’s huge and there’s so many interesting displays.
Written 29 July 2022
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Thank you for your review, nathalie1979. We're so sorry to hear that you had a negative interaction with our staff. It is our policy that all individuals should be treated with courtesy and respect. Willow Krauchi, our Director of Marketing, Sales, and Visitor Experience, would love to chat with you about your visit so that we can better welcome you next time. You can reach her at 204-291-7456 or wkrauchi@manitobamuseum.ca.
Written 9 August 2022
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AltabasTravels
London, UK267 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Really enjoyed the museum but we didn't give ourselves enough time to get around all the exhibits. You need at least half a day to get around just the museum exhibits . If you want to go to the science exhibits and/or the planetarium you really need to go all day.

Particularly enjoyed learning about the first Nations as well as the wildlife and extinct animals of the Manitoba region.
Written 4 September 2023
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Thank you for your five-star review! We're happy to hear you enjoyed your recent visit to the Museum and hope to see you again soon.
Written 7 September 2023
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rehne_do
Winnipeg, Canada142 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Went there with my family.
This Museum has so many sections dedicated to how Manitoba evolved over years. Right from stones & minerals that Manitoba is formed of, to the cultural tribes that wove the threads Manitoba's evolution, from all possible angles.
Impressive display of artifacts. Interactive enough to engage the entire family.

Overall - strongly recommended place
Written 28 March 2024
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Thank you for your five-star review! We're happy to hear you enjoyed your recent visit to the Museum and hope to see you again soon.
Written 28 June 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

ghamm0nd
Winnipeg, Canada41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We were there for two hours and saw half of the museum.

The Mennonite Clock Exhibit is a must see!

It is very unfortunate that when groups of students from schools in the Winnipeg area arrive and tour, the leaders do not take a certain area and go into detail with the students.

It is a wonderful place to learn some of the history of Manitoba. Some of the history is good but some not so.

It was unfortunate the gift shop was not open, ( I think it is only open on weekends) but one can go on line to order items - that is what I was told.
Written 8 February 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you for your five-star review! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your recent visit to the Museum Galleries and 'Keeping Time'. We always appreciate feedback on where we can continue improving visitor experience. School groups are booked in advance by teachers on a specific subject relating to the school curriculum. These field trips may take the group through different areas of the Museum or may stay in one area for most of the visit. depending on the subject. You're correct, the Gift Shop is only open on weekends at the moment, but you can shop online. We hope to see you again soon!
Written 28 June 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Michelle H
Spruce Grove, Canada206 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
We enjoyed this museum but you have to allow most of the day to take it all in. We did learn a few tidbits about Manitoba.
I especially liked the Hudsons Bay Company information. I used to work for the Northern stores dept. that did handle all the northern stores and furs for North Alberta. The display of the Nonsuch and the port was very impressive.
They had a lot of displays of northern insects, some animals, some plants and lichen etc. Learned a lot how life exists in the northern tundra areas
Aboriginal displays explained how Inuit people survived and explained some of the other tribe movements and survival skills.
There was also a portion explained the mining and rock formations of the area.
Written 23 July 2022
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Thank you for your positive review, michellehS9797HU! We're glad to hear your enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon.
Written 5 August 2022
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