Winnipeg’s award-winning Manitoba Museum is home to the city’s planetarium, a science gallery and museum galleries. Opened in 1965 near City Hall, the Museum Galleries’ walk-through settings take you through the history of the province and its environment, which ranges from prairie grasslands to Arctic coast. Among the famous, permanent exhibits is a full-size replica of ship Nonsuch, whose 1668 voyage around the world led to the founding of Hudson’s Bay Company. You can also see a recreation of an early bison hunt, and a lively recreation of a Winnipeg street scene during the roaring ‘20s when this was a real boomtown.
The Manitoba Museum is also home to a virtual underwater observatory, where you can see a recreation of Hudson Bay’s marine life as it would have been 450 million years ago. You’ll also get to see the world’s largest trilobite fossil — a Jurassic underwater creature that looked like a centipede, only 70 centimeters long. At the Science Gallery, there are 100 interactive exhibits where you’ll get to explore mankind’s achievements in space, and learn how much you’d weigh on other planets. The Planetarium features 35-minute multimedia shows related to astronomy.
On 190 Rupert Avenue, Manitoba Museum is open from 10am to 4pm on weekdays and from 11am to 5pm on weekends (with extended hours in summer). The museum is closed on Mondays. Divided into three areas — the Museum Galleries, the Science Gallery and the Planetarium — a visit to one area costs CAD $9, two areas cost $17 and access to all three areas costs $24.