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Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Ranked #5 of 208 things to do in Winnipeg
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Canada's new national museum is a unique exploration of the importance of human rights. Interactive digital technology, video, film and art are designed to educate and inspire. An unforgettable visitor experience in a stunning new architectural icon. Open 7 days a week from July to September long weekend, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open Wednesdays until 9 p.m. Closed Mondays (except holidays)from September to July. Guided tours available.
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

Like other travellers, we did not know this museum existed, and were just passing through Manitoba. Absolutely the best Canadian museum we have ever visited. The use of multimedia makes it incredibly interactive and engaging, while thought provoking and somber. As an adult, I learned a lot about Canada's history as well as the rest of the globe. Wandering through the galleries, I kept thinking, "How did I not know this before?" It was completely age appropriate for my kids (12 and 16). The restaurant and gift shop are both amazing, some really neat finds there. 2 hours was too short for us, 3 would have been better! There is ample parking all around and a nice skatepark/shopping area to the side.

Thank Karen L
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Reviewed 28 March 2018

Until I had to spend a couple of days in Winnipeg on business, I didn't even know this museum existed. I think it is a must-see for anyone who can manage the trip.
I was very impressed with the thoroughness of coverage of human rights issues throughout history and over the world. In particular, I was pleased that, unlike some other countries who whitewash their history, this museum does not flinch at examining Canada's own human rights problems, crimes, and failures. It looks them straight in the eye and owns up to them.

As well as covering a wide range of human rights issues and violations, the museum does also devote much time and space to actions aimed at improving human rights worldwide, and the people who have championed these causes. Sometimes with a bit of humour, as the Raging Grannies of Victoria, BC have some space devoted to them.

The architecture of the building is also remarkable, as you steadily go up a series of ramps to get to each successive level. The architect, Antoine Pedock, created a space where the journey through the museum is an integral part of the experience. Unless you have mobility issues, I recommend skipping the elevator and walking up and down the ramps, as the architect clearly intended.

This is a singular experience, both fascinating and sobering. I can't recommend it enough, but prepare to have serious thoughts for the rest of the day.

On Wednesdays it is open late, and after 5PM admission is only $5.

Thank Michael C
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Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

Visually stunning architecture and very informative displays and adult will need 2 to 3 hours to go this museum justice. However, it does not capture the imagination of younger children and lacks many hands on activities to stimulate their minds. It is a real shame as in all other respects the museum was fantastic.

The volunteer staff who greeted us on arrival or checked our coats or issued us tickets were just sooooo kind and engaging.

Thank Helena L
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Reviewed 26 March 2018 via mobile

A meaningful trip which resonates with you after completion. It informs, educates, and appeals to your senses.

Thank AJCIX
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Reviewed 22 March 2018 via mobile

Absolutely stunning building, wonderful creative and informative exhibits. Not to be missed and all staff here are very helpful and friendly and knowledgeable. Highly recommend.

Thank Jessica G
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