Ambitious in scope, outstanding in execution – the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is the first national museum built outside the capital region of Ottawa. Its striking building and thoughtful exhibits emphasize that vital conversations must take place, and they can start right here in the Prairies. Dig deep in the exhibits, or simply wander the illuminated alabaster walkways, contemplating the message.
Cost: Visit the The Canadian Museum for Human Rights site for the latest admission prices.
Admission to the Museum is free the first Wednesday of every month, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Best time to go : Open year-round
Wheelchair friendly : Yes
Family friendly : Yes
Where to eat : The ERA Bistro is located on Level 1, serving outstanding local fare that’s a tasty respite from the standard national museum fare.
Official Site :
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights
85 Israel Asper Way
Where to Stay : Consider the historic Fort Garry Hotel, one of Canada’s grand railway hotels, and independently owned.
Getting There :
Public parking is available at metered lots around the Museum. The Forks provides free parking, although this parking is often limited to three hours in duration.
Winnipeg Transit has 33 routes that service The Forks and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. There are stops on Main Street just outside Union Station, on William Stephenson Way, and on Israel Asper Way.
Use Winnipeg Transit’s online trip planner, Navigo, to plan your trip to the Museum.
There are bike racks at the Main Entrance and the Group Entrance.
Note from Robin :
You’ll get out what you put in. Take your time exploring the many exhibits, digging deeper into the digital libraries, following stories down the rabbit hole. It’s why the museum stands up to many repeat visits. The space also allows for reflection and meditation. The content can be heavy, but ultimately I found the experience to be uplifting, since the fact that such a museum can exist speaks volume about the positive direction of humanity.
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