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Witness the struggle for freedom that changed everything.

June 2018 to January 2019

Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years, but he never gave in to hate. Walk in the footsteps of the man they called Madiba and learn the legacy of his struggle for freedom.

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Exhibitions

Explore the diversity of human rights.

Every one of our exhibitions tells a unique story in the diverse world of human rights. And like the world of human rights, our exhibitions are always changing. So be sure to visit before they’re gone.

Seeking Refuge

August 2017 to August 2018

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A teenage boy holds a life jacket in his hands while he stands behind a dome-like structure made of lifejackets.

Truth and Reconciliation

Permanent

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A row of museum display cases with various artifacts inside.

Canadian Doctors in the Field

September 2017 to July 2018

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Four people standing around an operating table.

Seeking Safety

October 2017 to October 2018

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A mother with two children crossing the US-Canada border.

Rights of Passage

December 2017 to October 2018

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A group of women and children sitting together. The two children in the front are looking at the camera.

Mandela: Struggle for Freedom

June 2018 to January 2019

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Seeking Refuge

August 2017 to August 2018

Combining art, videos and imagery, Seeking Refuge explores the global refugee crisis through the lens of two teenage boys.

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A teenage boy holds a life jacket in his hands while he stands behind a dome-like structure made of lifejackets.

Truth and Reconciliation

Ongoing

Truth and Reconciliation presents the tragic history of Canada’s residential schools and the ongoing efforts to use education and discussion to move towards reconciliation.

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A row of museum display cases with various artifacts inside.

Canadian Doctors in the Field

September 2017 to July 2018

Canadians are often strong advocates for human rights, both in Canada and internationally. For those who are active beyond our national borders, this can mean working in dangerous conflict zones. What motivates these individuals to work in such circumstances?

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Four people standing around an operating table.

Seeking Safety

October 2017 to October 2018

Seeking Safety uses a combination of video, photos and documents to explore the experiences of asylum seekers and refugees in Canada.

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A mother with two children crossing the US-Canada border.

Rights of Passage

December 2017 to October 2018

Rights of Passage: Canada at 150 explores the key debates and issues that have been central to the evolution of the Canadian conversation on rights and freedoms, justice and equality.

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A group of women and children sitting together. The two children in the front are looking at the camera.

Mandela: Struggle for Freedom

June 2018 to January 2019

Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years, but he never gave in to hate. Walk in the footsteps of the man they called Madiba and learn the legacy of his struggle for freedom.

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Discover Stories Online

Human rights stories are all around us. Explore stories about Indigenous rights, fundamental freedoms, human rights defenders, and many more.

Guided Tours

Guided tours can be booked at the Museum’s Ticketing and Information desk at the Main Entrance.