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Over 50,000 people attended the dedication ceremony for the International Peace Garden in July, 1932. The 2,339 acre park straddles the US/Canada border south of Boissevain in the Turtle Mountains.

 

Museums

Minnedosa Heritage Village & Museum

Manitoba Agricultural Museum (Austin)  Member of Tourism Westman

This one-of-a-kind attraction features Canada’s largest collection of operating vintage farm machinery dating back to the late 1880’s to present day. This collection includes over 500 implements, as well the Homesteaders village with over 20 buildings. The museum also features camping and picnic facilities and souvenir shop. School tours available.

Directions:
Located south of the junction of Hwy #1 and #34.

Hours:
Open 9am - 5pm daily mid-May until September 30.

Phone:
204-637-2354


Argyle Museum (Baldur)

Municipal Heritage Site

Located in the Thomas Poole Building, a municipal Heritage Building, displays include medical and dentistry instruments, a collection of shoemaking tools, and other various items.

Belmont & District Museum (Belmont)

Containing local artifacts illustrating the history of the area. Contact Dorothy Lambkin.

Hours:
Open Tuesday to Saturday during the summer months.

Phone:
204-537-2405


Evergreen Firearms Museum (Belmont)

A unique collection of World War Military Artifacts. Visitors welcome anytime. Contact Brian or Sheila Trotter.

Phone:
204-537-2647


Birdtail Country Museum (Birtle)

This museum received special recognition in the National Communities in Bloom program in 2007. Upstairs features the re-creation of a 1903 home while the main floor displays interesting collections of local artifacts. New feature displays each season. Tours available.

Directions:
Located at 738 Main Street.

Hours:
Open July & August, Monday to Friday, 1pm to 5pm.

Phone:
204-842-3633

Phone:
204-842-5342 (Off-Season By Appointment)


The Moncur Gallery (Boissevain)

This amazing gallery features a priceless collection of prehistoric artifacts collected by local resident William Moncur. As well as artifacts from our original heritage, this collection includes pieces that predate the written record of the area by thousands of years.

Hours:
Open Tuesday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm; Sunday to Monday, by appointment.

Phone:
204-534-6478


Beckoning Hills Museum (Boissevain)

This is a museum of local history featuring a glimpse of pioneer life through photos, dishes, tools and furniture. Hours are 1pm – 5pm daily from May to September. Donations accepted. Contact Frank Smith.

Directions:
425 Mill Road (on Highway #10)

Phone:
204-534-6813


Cherry Creek Junction (Boissevain)

This unique, award-winning model railway collection features a variety of engines and cars representing the CN, CP, Hudson Bay and Ontario Northland Railway. View intricately detailed replicas of a pioneer threshing machine, Port of Churchill ship and tug, the old Anglo Refinery at Brandon, and a Pulp and Paper Mill.

Directions:
Located next to Tommy Turtle in the Boissevain Visitor Centre.

Hours:
Open year-round.

Toll Free:
1-800-497-2393


Irvin Goodon International Wildlife Museum (Boissevain)  Member of Tourism Westman

This magnificent display of wildlife includes grizzly and polar bears, arctic wolf, musk ox, moose, bison and many other species from around the world all displayed in natural settings. Visit the unique wildlife gift shop and visit Travel Manitoba.

Hours:
Open 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday to Sunday.

Phone:
204-534-6662


Carousels and Dolls Doll Museum (Brandon)

Offered for your viewing pleasure is the largest collection of modern and reproduced dolls in the prairie region, as well as a large collection of 20th century dolls and early “Barbie” favourites. Commission dolls as well as restoration and costuming for your own precious doll is also available.

Directions:
Located 3.75 km east of Brandon on Hwy #1 and north on Humesville Road.

Hours:
By appointment only. Please call.

Admission:
Admission fee.

Phone:
204-728-1245


Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum (Brandon) Manitoba Star Attraction  Member of Tourism Westman

National Heritage Site

Canada’s only Air Museum dedicated solely to those who trained and fought for the British Commonwealth during the 1939 –1945 War. Explore this World War II Royal Canadian Air Force Training Base showcasing aircrafts, artifacts and memorabilia.

Directions:
Located 1.6 km north of Brandon on Hwy #10.

Hours:
Daily: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Summer); 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Winter).

Admission:
Admission charged.

Phone:
204-727-2444

Website:


Daly House Museum (Brandon)  Member of Tourism Westman

The original home of Brandon’s first Mayor, Thomas Mayne Daly. This upper middle-class home displays furnishings from a late 1890s household and other artifacts from the 1890s to the 1920s.

Directions:
Located at 122-18th Street.

Hours:
Summer: Monday to Saturday 10 am –12 pm and 1 pm – 5 pm. Sunday 1 pm – 4 pm. Winter: Tuesday to Saturday 10 am – 12 pm and 1 pm to 5 pm.

Admission:
Admission charged. Group Rates available if booked in advance.

Phone:
204-727-1722


26th Field Regiment RCA/XII Manitoba Dragoons Museum (Brandon)  Member of Tourism Westman

Housed on the main floor of the historical Brandon Armoury, this museum exhibits a variety of military and civilian artifacts, memorabilia, library and archives. Home of the XII Manitoba Dragoons and 26 Field Regiment Royal Canadian Artillery Regimental Histories, This Museum records, conserves and protects the history of the servicemen and women and the military units of South West Manitoba. The Museum annually awards a trophy to the Cadets of Brandon and Virden for historical knowledge of those unit. The Collection of Dr. William Hurd of Brandon University is housed in this museum.  On display in this museum is the Susan Armstrong, the founding director-general of the Missing Children's Network OC and QGJM which have been loaned to the Museum.  Also displayed is the Jack Bennett Collection a former Royal Artillery Gunner who was a POW in WWII, the collection is an extraordinary selection of unit badges.  The Museum provides help to the public with research and provides information to families on service from the Boar War to the Afghanistan War. The library has several thousand volumes of books on many a diverse subject.  The museum is an excellent source of information and should be visited.

Directions:
Located at 11th St. & Victoria Ave.

Hours:
Year round on every Tuesday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Tours other days by request.

Admission:
Admission is Free.

Phone:
204-717-4579


Brandon General Museum & Archives (Brandon)

The BGMA is a community museum dedicated to the preservation of Brandon's history. With exhibits rotating every few months, there's always something new to see!

Directions:
101-19 9th Street

Hours:
Tuesday - Saturday, 1 pm - 4 pm

Admission:
Free (donations gratefully accepted)

Phone:
204-717-1514


Carberry Plains Museum (Carberry)  Member of Tourism Westman

Picture yourself, over 125 years ago, making the arduous journey by horse-drawn cart, over miles of rough trail, lured by the promise of 160 acres to call your own. Such was the scenario when the Carberry Plains area was established by European settlers from Eastern Canada. Visit the Carberry Plains Museum to touch and feel early prairie life. The extensive artifact collections include paintings from the eccentric Criddle-Vane family and memorabilia from famous former residents Tommy Douglas, Stanley Knowles and WWI pilot Wop May. The Museum also includes our unique gingerbread house, a stunning tribute to a fanciful architectural style. One of only three in Canada.

Hours:
Open daily from June to September, 1pm to 6pm.


Blacksmith Museum (Cartwright & Mather)

Located on its original site in the center of Cartwright, the museum is a fully restored and working Blacksmith shop; open upon request.

Phone:
204-529-2363


Heritage Museum Park (Cartwright & Mather)

Badger Creek Museum contains local area artifacts as well as agricultural, rural and family life historical pieces. The School Museum displays various items found in an early pioneer school, Todds Shoe Repairs shows local small business in its best setting, Manitoba Telephone System recalls the earliest days of telephone service and the equipped Post Office was relocated from Mather. Work continues on expanding the building collection by the addition of a donated house to place historical artifacts in an authentic setting.

Hours:
Open June to August and by request.

Phone:
204-529-2363


Manitoba Automobile Museum (Elkhorn)  Member of Tourism Westman

Displays over 100 automobiles from the turn of the century to the 1970’s, including many rare and unique vehicles such as the Marmon car that was returned to the Museum in 2007 for display after being restored. The Museum also features an extensive agricultural display featuring steam engines and turn of the century farm equipment, a Robert Clarke Indian artifact collection as well as many other collectibles. On July 1st, the museum hosts a Pioneer Day, which includes a pancake breakfast, antique car parade, machinery, threshing demonstrations, and many other activities for young and old. For a virtual tour or more information you can visit our website.

Directions:
On the Trans Canada Highway.

Hours:
Open May to September. 9 am - 6 pm Daily.

Admission:
Adults - $7.50, Under 16 - $2.00

Phone:
204-845-2604


Gladstone and District Museum (Gladstone)

Former CNR train station showcasing our past. Check out our expanded aboriginal display, “Legion Room” showcasing veterans from both World Wars, CN Caboose, Signal Man’s Shack, and more. Call for times. Group tours available upon request.

Directions:
Located on 6th Street, near Williams Park.

Hours:
Open May, June, September weekends and July and August, Tuesday – Sunday.

Admission:
There is an admission charge.

Phone:
204-385-2551

Phone:
204-385-2332


Burrough of the Gleann Museum and Archives (Glenboro)

Celebrated its grand opening July 1, 2000. This museum features a collection of antique furniture, clothing and pioneer artifacts; kitchen, parlour and bedroom displays and domestic and agricultural artifacts. Group tours are available by appointment. 

Directions:
Located at 237 Broadway Street.

Hours:
Open June to September, or by appointment.

Phone:
204-827-2105

Phone:
204-827-2444


Hamiota Pioneer Club Museum (Hamiota)

Features artifacts relating to the settlement and development of the district, including a taxidermy display, the former McConnell railwastation and their most recent addition – Oakner Church. Donations accepted. Phone for more information.

Directions:
Located west of Hwy #21 in the Hamiota Municipal Park.

Hours:
Open Sundays in July and August or by appointment.

Phone:
204-764-2552


The Hart-Cam Museum (Hartney)

This two-story building was originally erected in 1902 by Wilson and Mawhinney to become a general store under the A.E. Hill Company.

Directions:
310 Poplar Street

Hours:
Open regularly during July & August. Mon-Fri; 10 am - 6 pm. Sat-Sun; 1 pm - 5 pm.

Admission:
By donation

Phone:
204-858-2429

Website:


North American Game Warden Museum (International Peace Garden)

The North American Game Warden Museum is a joint initiative of Wardens from Canada and the United States. The museum educates and honours the game warden profession as well as celebrating natural resource protection in North America.

In the rear courtyard is the North American Game Warden Memorial, the only memorial dedicated strictly to game wardens whom have lost their lives in the line of duty. Granite momuments of states, provinces and their federal agencies are engraved with fallen officer names. Within the museum, kiosks tell their stories.

The museum houses a wide and interesting variety of seized animals and artifacts with their associated stories of law enforcement. Programs are available for youth groups and tours are available.

Directions:
Located in the International Peace Garden

Hours:
May (weekends only) 11 am - 4 pm, June 1st - September 3rd 11 am - 5 pm, September 4th - September 16th 11 am - 4 pm, Winter hours by appointment by calling International Peace Garden.

Phone:
204-534-2510

Phone:
701-263-4829


Isabella Museums (Isabella)

In the village of Isabella visitors can tour two family homes, a retirement home, an old store and a barn which will provide a window in time. These buildings are filled with memorabilia and antiques from the 1900’s. Tours can be arranged by calling Bernice Still. Preserving the past for our future!

Phone:
204-568-4573

Phone:
204-568-4624


Heritage House (Killarney)

This was the original residence for the manager of the agriculture demonstration farm built in 1915. Completely refurbished, this heritage site is open to the public for viewing. Tours welcome.

Directions:
Located near the campground.


J.A.V. David Museum (Killarney)  Member of Tourism Westman

The 1889 Bate Building contains the original Post Office and Store, Granny’s kitchen, pioneer tools, and natural history. The Annex shows a country school, Doctors office, elegant period clothing, archives, homestead maps, cemetery records and war relics. New displays are featured every year.

Directions:
414 William Avenue

Hours:
Open July and August, Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. (Closed at noon). Open at other times by appointment.

Phone:
204-523-7325

Phone:
Off-season, call 204-523-4441 or 204-523-7246


Turtle Mountain Flywheel Club Historic Village / Power Machinery Museum (Killarney)

A large display building will house as many as one hundred engines, ranging from a Ruston-Hornsby diesel that powered the original Manitoba Pool Elevator in Killarney to a one-horsepower unit. Equipment in operation as well as static displays can be viewed.

Hours:
Museum is open from spring to fall.

Phone:
204-523-8829


Antler River Historical Museum (Melita)

Occupies one of the most historic buildings (1893) in Melita. Exhibits include an extensive collection of Native artifacts from local digs, wildlife display of 325 mounted birds, rural school room, picture room, turn-of-the-century pioneer home, art collection, agriculture related equipment, farm tools, and horse and wagon display.

Latitude:
N 49° 16’ 22”

Longitude:
W 100° 59’ 29’

Directions:
Located at corner of Summit and Ash Street.

Hours:
Open June 1 – August 31, Tues – Sat, Noon – 5 pm. Sundays in July and August, 1 – 4 pm.

Phone:
204-522-3103

Phone:
204-522-3438


A.F. "Fred" Jensen Trophy Room (Melita)

The personal collection of A.F. Jensen, one man’s hunting and fishing travels, is on display in the Trophy Room adjacent to the museum. This prairie gem features a unique display of birds and animals from around the world.

Latitude:
N 49° 16' 22"

Longitude:
W 100° 59' 29"

Phone:
204-522-3438


Minnedosa Heritage Village & Museum (Minnedosa)

Come visit our newest restoration project – the octagon agricultural display building, one of only three surviving buildings of the kind in all of Manitoba. We also invite you to visit our museum in the old hydro building, a country church, furnished heritage home, rural school house, blacksmith shop, log barn, windmill, trapper’s cabin, water wheel and trout pond.

Hours:
Open every day from the end of June - Labour Day, 1pm - 8pm. Tours by appointment May to October.

Phone:
204-867-2027


Margaret Laurence Home (Neepawa) Manitoba Star Attraction

Provincial Heritage Site

Childhood home of author Margaret Laurence, known for her series of books set in the fictional town of “Manawaka,” based on Neepawa. Designated as a provincial heritage site, it houses several artifacts including Margaret’s doctoral robes and hoods, typewriter, and original furnishings.

Directions:
Located at 312 - 1st Avenue.

Hours:
Open May - September, 10 am - 5 pm daily or by appointment in the winter.

Admission:
Adults - $3.00, Students - $2.00

Phone:
204-476-3612


Beautiful Plains Museum (Neepawa)  Member of Tourism Westman

Located in the former CN station, which was declared a historic site in 1998. Three floors of artifacts featuring a chapel, barbershop, general store and other settings.

Directions:
Located at 91 Hamilton Street West.

Hours:
Open May Long Weekend to September Long Weekend (9am – 5pm weekdays, 1pm – 5pm weekends).

Phone:
204-476-3896

Phone:
204-476-5292 (off-hours)


Marringhurst Heritage House (Pilot Mound)

Municipal Heritage Site

This heritage site was built in 1909 and now designated a municipal heritage site. The house has been carefully restored to its original grandeur. In the summer, it currently is operating with tours as a turn-of-the-century farmhome and museum. Available for weddings, anniversary celebrations, meetings and retreats, etc.

Directions:
Located 14 km west of Pilot Mound on Hwy 253 and 1.5 km north.

Phone:
204-825-2958


Rapid City Museum (Rapid City)

Displays local artifacts, a watch collection, equipment from the Rapid City Reporter, a schoolroom, church furnishings, a bird collection and more.

Hours:
Open daily, July to August, 2 pm to 5 pm.

Admission:
Admission charged.


Reston Museum (Reston)

Houses artifacts from different agricultural eras, as well as historic machinery. Includes war era artifacts, entertainment artifacts used in the late 1800s to early 1900s, and kitchen utensils that date back to 1875. A 1929 Plymouth, a 1912 Troy steam engine and a 1919 International thresher on display. Also included is the McDonald House which was built in 1896 and housed the McDonalds and their six children.

Clack Family Heritage Museum (Rivers)

This unique museum houses a beautiful collection of antiques, automobiles and artifacts. It is a must see for any visitor. Phone for more information.

Directions:
Located 10 km or 6 miles northwest of Rivers.

Hours:
Open from May until September.

Phone:
204-328-7330

Phone:
204-328-5240


Chapman Museum (Rivers)

This museum’s setting is a village. It features 16 buildings over 100 years old and houses thousands of artifacts in its churches, schools, stores and stations.

Directions:
Located 13 kms (7 miles) southeast of Rivers.

Hours:
Open all summer, including Sunday.

Admission:
Appointments are preferred but not necessary.

Phone:
204-728-7396

Phone:
204-728-9801


Clair English's Museum (Rivers)

An 18 km (11 mile) drive southwest of Rivers will take you to this quaint attraction featuring a number of sheds and an old Church.

Hours:
Open year round.

Admission:
Appointments are necessary.

Phone:
204-328-7176


Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Museum (Sandy Lake)  Member of Tourism Westman

Features artifacts from the original Riding Mountain settlement of 1899, including beautifully embroidered, hand crafted clothing, a display of traditional Ukrainian arts and crafts, with Easter eggs, wood carvings and traditional beads. Take time to tour the loghouse with its unique look, vertical wooden hinge and thatched roof. Nearby, a kiosk is dedicated to our pioneers and railroaders. Here maps and pictorial history bring our heritage & culture to life.

Directions:
Located on Railway Avenue.

Hours:
Summer: Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday; 10 am - 6 pm. Monday; 1 pm - 6 pm. Friday; 1 pm - 9 pm. Off-Season: Open by appointment.

Admission:
By donation.

Phone:
204-585-2636


The RCA Museum (Shilo) Manitoba Star Attraction  Member of Tourism Westman

Canada’s National Artillery Museum, a Manitoba Star Attraction and one of the best military museums in Canada. The RCA Museum tells the story of Canadian military history since colonial times through 5 indoor galleries in a 24,000 square foot facility. Indoor exhibits include the Victoria Crosses of two Manitobans along with 28 artillery pieces and military vehicles. 28 more guns displayed outdoors with a picnic area and a geo-cache. Winner of the Tourism Westman “Best Product Development” award for 2007 and the Tourism Industry Association of Canada Deloitte Innovator of the Year award for 2008.

Hours:
Summer Hours: (Victoria Day weekend to Labour Day weekend) 7 Days a Week 10 am to 5 pm. Winter Hours: Monday to Friday, 10 am to 5 pm.

Admission:
Admission charged. Tours available by appointment.

Phone:
204-765-3000 ext.3570


Police and Pioneer Museum (Shoal Lake)

Shoal Lake is home to one of the longest serving police detachments in Canada and hosts Manitoba’s official museum honoring the North West Mounted Police. Built in 1984 in Lakeview Park, the museum is a replica of the NWMP barracks established at the south end of Shoal Lake in 1875. It also houses the tourist information centre.

Hours:
Open daily during July and August.

Phone:
204-759-3326

Phone:
204-759-2826 (For viewing outside regular hours)


Prairie Mountain Regional Museum (Shoal Lake)

The Prairie Mountain Regional Museum is a new heritage destination being developed along the TransCanada Yellowhead Highway #16 as a joint venture between Shoal Lake and Strathclair. It will display a large collection of fully restored horse-drawn vehicles and related exhibits. The PMRM has begun to create a heritage rural setting to complement the main facility and increase interpretive opportunities.

The Plum (Souris)  Member of Tourism Westman

Tea Room and Museum in a 1883 church, in original plum and chocolate brown. Story-Tours available. Live original Mini-Musicals 2:15, 3:15, daily, or by request. Book for theatre with luncheon or dinner. Lower level: local foods; crafts; souvenirs; Souris area exhibits; tourist information. Outside: Heritage Games Room; Tea Terrace; trails to Bird Sanctuary in Victoria Park.

Directions:
140-1st Street S. (Hwy #22).

Hours:
Open July 1 to Labour Day, daily, 11 am to 7 pm.

Phone:
204-483-3643

Phone:
204-483-2643 (Off-season: Averill Whitfield)


Hillcrest Museum (Souris)

Learn about the lives of Western Canada’s first settlers in this restored 1910 Heritage Home. One of Canada’s top Heritage Properties, Hillcrest features a world class collection of over 5,000 butterflies, an agricultural museum and a railway caboose.

Hours:
Open May long weekend, Sundays in the month of June and daily from July 1 to Labour Day: 10am to 6pm or by request.

Admission:
Admission charged.

Phone:
204-483-2008

Phone:
204-483-2743 (Off-season: Donna Russell)


Strathclair Museum (Strathclair)

Located in the former CPR station, this museum contains railway, household and farm artifacts. Also on site: a 90+ year old Anglican country church that holds an interfaith service each July; and a replica of our blacksmith shop containing pioneer farm machinery, school van on sleighs and much more! Donations accepted.

Hours:
Open July – August (and by appointment).

Phone:
204-365-5201

Phone:
204-354-5331


Virden Pioneer Home Museum (Virden)

Built in 1888, the Pioneer Home Museum was one of Virden’s first residences to be built on Quality Hill –a section of town where many affluent members of the community settled. This lavishly decorated museum depicts life in the Victorian era and is home to more than 8,000 artifacts. Donations accepted.

Directions:
Located at 390 King St. W.

Hours:
May - August. Monday - Saturday. 10 am - 6 pm.

Admission:
Adults - $5.00, Youth (16 and under) - $2.00

Phone:
204-748-1659


Waskada Museum (Waskada)

This museum was established in 1970, and occupies the original Royal Bank building and the former Anglican Church. Among its many unique artifacts are two antique tractors, many historic household items, and a mounted whooping crane from 1906. Contact Hilt Wallace.

Directions:
Located along Railway Avenue.

Hours:
Hours of operation are June to August, 9 am to 5 pm.

Admission:
Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for students.

Phone:
204-673-2503


Sipiweske Museum (Wawanesa)

Located on the site of the 1903 Wawanesa Mutual Insurance building. Includes memorabilia from early pioneers, insurance company, Criddle family and Nellie McClung. Also on the grounds is the St. John The Divine Anglican Church (Provincial Heritage Building). You will step back in time when you enter this hallowed space built in Rounthwaite (Naughton), Manitoba in 1882.

Directions:
Located at 102-4th Street.

Hours:
Open July and August 1 pm to 6 pm, 7 pm to 9 pm.

Admission:
Admission charged.

Phone:
204-824-2289

Phone:
204-824-2548 (Off-season)