Museums and Art Galleries (Self Guided), Winnipeg

Winnipeg was declared the cultural capital of Canada in 2010. The city hosts a great number of museums and art galleries where you will get acquainted with the history and culture of the biggest city in the province of Manitoba. The museums’ exhibitions will be interesting to all members of the family as they cover such fields as: archaeology, science, architecture, history of national dress and many other. Take the following walking tour to visit the most interesting museums and art galleries of Winnipeg.
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Museums and Art Galleries Map

Guide Name: Museums and Art Galleries
Guide Location: Canada » Winnipeg (See other walking tours in Winnipeg)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 Km or 3.5 Miles
Author: nataly
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library
  • Dalnavert Museum
  • Naval Museum of Manitoba
  • Winnipeg Railway Museum
  • Manitoba Museum and Planetarium
  • The Fire Fighters Museum
Winnipeg Art Gallery

1) Winnipeg Art Gallery (must see)

The Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) is a public art gallery that was founded in 1912. It is Western Canada's oldest civic gallery and the 6th largest in the country.

The WAG's permanent collection includes almost 24,000 works, with a particular emphasis on Manitoba and Canadian art.

The collection ranges from 16th century Flemish tapestries to 21st century videos, and includes the world's largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art.

Winnipeg Art Gallery is internationally respected, exhibitions having been shown in New York, Caracas, Bogotá, Barcelona, Tokyo, Thessaloniki, and Verona.

Unique in the country is a dedicated Studio Building where art classes are conducted.

Along with the galleries, the main building houses a gift shop, a restaurant, a rooftop garden, meeting and lecture rooms, and a 325-seat theatre auditorium.

Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday:11 am – 5 pm; Friday: 11am – 9 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library

2) Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library

The Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library is museum dedicated to the preservation of handcrafts. It was part of The Crafts Guild of Manitoba until 1997.

The museum started in the 1930s after the establishment of The Canadian Handicrafts Guild, Manitoba Branch (later The Crafts Guild of Manitoba) in 1928.

The library started in the 1930s and originally held resources for teaching basic skills such as knitting and quilting. It has since expanded to include historical texts and design books.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Dalnavert Museum

3) Dalnavert Museum (must see)

Dalnavert Museum and Visitors’ Center is a famous tourist attraction that aims to reveal the uniqueness of the Victorian era in Winnipeg. Dalnavert Museum is a historical house and a great example of Queen Anne Revival architectural style. It is a restored, 1895 mansion, built for Sir Hugh John Macdonald - premier of Manitoba. The interior of the house is decorated according to the original Queen Anne Revival style and exhibits numerous priceless items.
Naval Museum of Manitoba

4) Naval Museum of Manitoba (must see)

The Naval Museum of Manitoba is a museum dedicated to the Royal Canadian Navy and its influence on Manitoba. The museum first opened in 1980 in the HMCS Chippawa building in Winnipeg. A new museum site is in the fund raising stage.

The museum preserves the history of the navy through the collecting of documents, pictures, books, military artifacts, etc., pertaining to the Navy from the period of organization onwards. The museum provides a training facility to teach Naval and HMCS Chippawa history. It stimulates and fosters, within the general public, an interest in the Navy, its activities and accomplishments.

Opening hours: Wednesday: 9 am - 3 pm

Summer: 2 Jul - 3 September: Sunday: 1 pm – 4 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Winnipeg Railway Museum

5) Winnipeg Railway Museum (must see)

The Winnipeg Railway Museum is a non-profit organization operated by volunteers from the Midwestern Rail Association.

Their mandate is preserve and promote the rail heritage in the regions between the Lakehead and the Rockies, and between Saint Paul, Minnesota and Hudson Bay. The museum is dedicated to the history and development of the railway in Western Canada. The collection features the Countess of Dufferin (the first locomotive on the Canadian prairies), a variety of vintage railcars, cabooses, a Jordan spreader from 1911, the history and artifacts of the building of the Hudson Bay Railway to Churchill, Manitoba, technical displays, HO scale model layout and a gift shop.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Manitoba Museum and Planetarium

6) Manitoba Museum and Planetarium (must see)

The Manitoba Museum and Planetarium is the most fascinating museum of the entire province. The planetarium was first opened in 1968 and the museum, in 1970. The museum offers a unique and unforgettable experience of traveling back in time - 450 millions years. The numerous collections of the museum are fascinating and each of them offers precious knowledge about the world around us and about human contribution to the environment. The captivating Science Gallery of the museum allows everyone to feel like a scientist for a while.
The Fire Fighters Museum

7) The Fire Fighters Museum

The Fire Fighters Museum is a museum devoted to firefighter heritage. The museum has an extensive collection of vintage fire apparatus, artifacts, pictures and information about the history of fire fighting in the city of Winnipeg and its suburbs.

The Museum is operated primarily by retired, as well as present Winnipeg firefighters. The museum is devoted to firefighter heritage. It is not open regular hours so those who plan on visiting are required to phone and arrange a time to visit.

The museum is located in a former fire station built in 1904, and contains memorabilia dating back to the beginning of the Winnipeg Fire Brigade in 1882. The collection includes fully operational fire apparatus such as a 1927 American LaFrance and a 1958 Mack truck. Also included are numerous pieces of firefighting equipment, rescue and medical gear, articles and photos of the department in action, and various other artifacts.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Create Your Own Walk in Winnipeg

Create Your Own Walk in Winnipeg

Creating your own self-guided walk in Winnipeg is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Architecture Walking Tour

Architecture Walking Tour

Winnipeg is a city with rich architectural value where you can see historical buildings next to modern sky towers. The oldest district is the Exchange District where there are many buildings that date from the beginning of the 1900s. A few steps away you’ll get to Portage Avenue where there are steel and glass modern skyscrapers. Take the following walking tour to see the most interesting...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Saint Boniface Walking Tour

Saint Boniface Walking Tour

Saint Boniface is the historic French quarter where there are many famous Winnipeg’s religious, social and historical landmarks, as well as the largest French community. Its unique architecture, cozy cafes and numerous shops will make it an unforgettable experience. Take the following walking tour to discover the most prominent landmarks of Saint Boniface in Winnipeg.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 Km or 2.8 Miles
Winnipeg Introduction Walking Tour

Winnipeg Introduction Walking Tour

Winnipeg, the main city of Canada's Manitoba province, is often referred to as the "Gateway to the West" for being a major transportation hub with a highly diversified economy. At the heart of the city is The Forks, a historic place marking the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine rivers; the site features warehouses turned into shops and restaurants, as well as a vast green space...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 Km or 2.8 Miles
Winnipeg's Historical Churches

Winnipeg's Historical Churches

Winnipeg is the capital of Manitoba and a multinational city where people of different confessions live and work together. You can find various styles of Christian Churches - Anglican, Methodist and Orthodox, as well as Mosques and Synagogues where you'll be warmly welcome any time. Take the following walking tour to see the most beautiful places of worship in Winnipeg.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles