About Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Canadian Museum for Human Rights is the first national museum in Canada built outside the National Capital Region. The building was designed by Antoine Predock. The museum has 6 levels of exhibits and 11 galleries accessible via inclined ramps or elevators.
What to Do at Canadian Museum for Human Rights?
Things to Do
With 10 core galleries, guided tours, interactive experiences, thought-provoking programs and creative use of mobile technology, the Museum aims to inspire its visitors on a journey to erase barriers and create meaningful change. The various galleries and exhibitions in the Museum encourages its visitors, especially young visitors from toddlers to teens, to explore and investigate human rights topics at their own level of understanding. A visit to this museum is a journey on its own- not one but many, as it takes you through history teaching you about freedom and human rights in its essence.
There are various Galleries are
- What are Human Rights? The Gallery is an introduction to the concept of Human Rights and the perspective of various people towards human rights. Present here, is a timeline featuring 100 selected moments from around the world and from all time.
- Indigenous Perspectives Gallery features human rights stories of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. The main focus of the gallery is a circular theatre that plays 360-degree films on indigenous rights and responsibilities.
- Canadian Journeys tells the story of the journey to greater rights in Canada. This is the largest gallery in the museum.
- Protecting Rights in Canada displays how a constantly evolving legal system protects human rights. At the gallery, visitors can see the Proclamation of Constitution Act, 1982 or explore court cases around a circular table.
- Examining the Holocaust gallery gives its visitors an understanding of genocide. Also examined here is Canada’s own experience with anti-Semitism at the broken-glass theatre.
- Turning Points for Humanity talks about the universal declaration of human rights and how people around the world are working hard to make human rights a reality.
- Breaking the Silence teaches its visitors to speak out against acts of human rights violation and how silence/denial may unwittingly furthermore atrocities.
- Actions Count: Your actions can make a difference. Learn about Canadians who took a stand on human rights in and around the world.
- Rights Today talks about the ever-changing human rights in an ever-changing interconnected world. Present here is a tapestry of human rights defenders and an interactive wall map together with a small theatre.
- Inspiring Change promotes dialogues and participation among its visitors to build a better world for all people.
Israel Asper Tower of Hope: Access the Tower via elevator or stair to enjoy panoramic views of Winnipeg. There may be a wait time of 30 minutes to access the tower depending on the crowd.
The museum conducts various activities throughout the year inspiring visitors and fostering dialogues and celebrating diversity.
Mikinak-Keya Spirit tour: This is a unique tour conducted at the Museum which focuses on the Museum’s architecture and use of space wherein the visitors can discover the connection between First Nation’s sacred knowledge and worldviews and the Museum’s architecture and human rights mandate. This 90-minute tour is offered at quiet times of the day – either early morning /evening
The museum has various venues available for events/meetings.
When to visit Canadian Museum for Human Rights?
Summer hours: Monday – Tuesday & Thursday – Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Regular Hours: Closed on Mondays. Tuesday & Thursday – Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
The Museum is closed on Easter Monday, Christmas Eve Day, and Christmas Day.
Time required to visit:
3 – 4 hrs, depending on interest
How much will it cost to visit Canadian Museum for Human Rights?
Adult (18 – 64 years) $21; Youth (7 – 17 years) $10; Post-Secondary Student (with ID) $17; Senior (65+ with ID) $17; Family (Up to two adults and four children/youth) $52; Children younger than 7: Free; Members: Free.
The Museum offers $5 admission on all paid Wednesday evenings from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. This is available for adult, senior, student and youth categories.
Free general admission (does not include the Level One gallery) on the first Wednesday of every month from 5:00 PM to 9 PM. Persons with disabilities may be accompanied by one attendant at no extra charge. Please note that certain exhibits may not be included on free nights.
The Museum also offers admission at no charge to Aboriginal peoples, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis. Please bring identification. Does not apply to special programs, tours or annual memberships. Admission to the Level One gallery is not included.
Mikinak-Keya Spirit tour: $30 includes same-day admission to the Museum
How to get tickets?
Online / At the Door
Guided tours available.
How to get to Canadian Museum for Human Rights?
Address and directions
85 Israel Asper Way, Winnipeg, MB R3C 0L5
The Museum is located at 85 Israel Asper Way, at The Forks, in downtown Winnipeg. The main entrance is adjacent to a skateboard park and a statue of Mahatma Gandhi.
Lat: 49.8906005369 Lon: -97.1306392487
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Parking: 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.
For cyclists, the Museum has bike racks at the Main Entrance and the Group Entrance.
Public Transit Accessibility: Winnipeg Transit has 33 routes that service The Forks and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. With stops on Main Street just outside Union Station, on William Stephenson Way, and on Israel Asper Way, getting to the Museum by bus couldn’t be easier.
What about amenities and accessibility?
Wheel chair accessible. Wheelchairs, strollers and cane seats are available at the Coat Check for visitor use on a first-come, first-served basis.
Service animals are welcome; however, pets are not permitted.
Washrooms are located on every level.
ERA Bistro, located on Level one, offers meals and snacks.
Drinking fountains are located next to the washrooms on Levels 1, 4, 5, 6 and 7.
Coat Check is available free and located at the main entrance across from the Ticketing and Information desk.