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Music, Arts and Museums in Manitoba

Get a taste of local culture, history, and artistic talent with a tour of Manitoba’s diverse music scene, art galleries, and museums. You’ll find dozens of cultural sites that speak to Canada’s natural history and destinations that showcase local and regional talent. Whether you're heading to Winnipeg or Brandon, make the most of your visit with a trip to some of the area’s top music, art, and historic destinations.

Animal and nature lovers of all ages will enjoy a trip to the B.J. Hales Museum of Natural History. This museum houses more than 300 species of mammals and birds from the region and is also home of the 40-foot B.J. Hales wall. Admission is free year round.

Make a trip to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, an iconic hotel located in downtown Winnipeg. The museum features 10 themed galleries that tell the story of human rights movements and other significant events that have shaped history. The building is an architectural marvel in itself, complete with a 100-meter Tower of Hope.

Airplane and war aficionados will appreciate a trip to the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum. This museum is located at the Brandon Municipal Airport and features a large collection of exhibits that tell the story of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. You’ll find World War II aircraft, ground crew equipment, and other aviation artifacts here.

Make your way to the Sport for Life Centre to see the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. This is the place to learn about championship golfers and legendary sportsmen of our time. You’ll find dozens of newspaper clippings, photographs, and even some old equipment on display here.

Learn about science, the planets, and natural history by spending a day at the Manitoba Museum. This museum is located in Winnipeg and houses 2.6 million artifacts and specimens. Spend some time at the Planetarium and visit the Discovery Room and Science Gallery for hands-on exhibits and interactive experiences.

Another destination you won’t want to miss in downtown Winnipeg is the Winnipeg Art Gallery. It’s a haven for art enthusiasts and collectors. This gallery started as a civic art gallery and has now become the sixth largest gallery in the entire country. It’s home to more than 24,000 pieces of art, including paper arts, photography, and decorative arts.

Make a pit stop at the Winnipeg Railway Museum in the historic Via Rail Union Station to see the collection of artifacts, old trains, and railway vehicles from years gone by. Track 1 is home of the first steam locomotive in Canada, a must-see if you have a love for trains and railroad history. You can also watch the HO gauge layout in action at this historic site.

Enjoy a live music performance and cultural events at the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Located in downtown Winnipeg, this event venue has been hosting live music performances since 1948 and now features more than 80 concerts every year. Watch master composers in action, catch a pops concert, or register into an educational program at this historic site.