Plan Your Visit
Prepare for a world-class museum experience.
Experience the world of human rights at a museum like no other. From the breathtaking architecture, to the moving stories and captivating exhibitions and programs, every part of the Museum offers a unique encounter.
Open seven days a week
Daily: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Monday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Tuesday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Wednesday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
- Thursday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Special Opening Dates
In 2018, the Museum will be open on the following Mondays and holidays:
- New Year's Day (January 1) 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Louis Riel Day (February 19) 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Monday of Spring Break (March 26) 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Good Friday (March 30) 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Easter Sunday (April 1) 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Victoria Day (May 21) 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Canada Day (July 1) 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Terry Fox Day (August 6) 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Labour Day (September 3) 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Thanksgiving Day (October 8) 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Remembrance Day (November 11) 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
- Boxing Day (December 26) 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Museum is closed on Easter Monday, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day and from January 7–14, 2019 for Annual Maintenance Week.
The Boutique will remain open 30 minutes after the Museum closes. Please note the Boutique will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, December 17, including for membership and gift card sales, when the rest of the Museum is closed.
Reference Centre Hours
Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Or by appointment.
To purchase admission tickets, please call us at 204–289-2227 or visit the Museum’s Ticket and Information Desk. (Please note that prices may change without notice).
General admission tickets provide unlimited, same-day access to our galleries, including Mandela: Struggle for Freedom.
- Adult (18–64 years) $21
- Youth (7–17 years) $10
- Post-Secondary Student (with ID) $17
- Senior (65+ with ID) $17
- Family (Up to 2 adults & 4 children) $52
- Children 6 and under Free
- Members Free
Mandela: Struggle for Freedom
Tickets to Mandela: Struggle for Freedom include access to the Level 1 Gallery only.
- Adult (18–64 years) $12
- Youth (7–17 years) $6
- Post-Secondary Student (with ID) $10
- Senior (65+ with ID) $10
- Family (Up to 2 adults & 4 children) $34
- Children 6 and under Free
- Members Free
Free First Wednesday Evenings
The Museum offers free general admission on the first Wednesday of every month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Please note that the exhibition Mandela: Struggle for Freedom is not included in this special offer. The Level 1 Gallery is closed to visitors on free nights.
$5 After 5
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. Visit Mandela: Struggle for Freedom for an extra $5!
Cultural Access Pass
We’re a proud partner of the Cultural Access Pass program for new Canadian citizens. To learn more about the Cultural Access Pass, visit the Institute for Canadian Citizenship website.
Complimentary Admission for Individuals
The Museum offers free general admission:
- To people accompanying a person with a disability
- To Indigenous peoples, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis. Please bring identification (does not apply to special programs, tours or annual memberships)
Complimentary Admission for Community Organizations
The Museum offers community organizations free admission for small groups (approximately 30 individuals).
If your organization is interested, please review the eligibility criteria and write to us with your request.
Find Your Way
Getting to Winnipeg
If you are driving from the U.S., Winnipeg is one hour north of the U.S. border crossing at Pembina, North Dakota. Within Canada, Winnipeg is reached by the No. 1 Trans Canada Highway, running east and west.
Winnipeg’s James Armstrong Richardson International Airport is about 9 km away from the Museum, with daily national and international flights. The Museum is about 20 minutes away from the airport by car.
VIA Rail, Canada’s rail passenger service, travels across Canada and stops in Winnipeg. Union Station is a short distance away from the Museum.
Make the Most of Your Visit
A series of warmly lit, inclined alabaster ramps guides you through seven levels, creating a symbolic journey from darkness to light. After entering the Museum, you gradually move up the ramps, revealing more and more daylight until you arrive at the Israel Asper Tower of Hope.
Our two elevators offer a convenient alternative to the ramps. You can choose to explore all the galleries and levels in any order you like from either elevator. The Main Elevator serves Level 1 through 7, while the Tower Elevator serves Level 3 through 8, where the Israel Asper Tower of Hope viewing platform is located.
Food and Drinks
Please enjoy food and drinks in one of our specially designated areas, such as Bonnie & John Buhler Hall or one of our indoor terraces, which boast exceptional views and comfortable furniture. Staff can identify all the rest areas where food and drink are permitted. Please note that eating and drinking is not permitted in galleries or on ramps. ERA Bistro, on Level 1, is an ideal place to enjoy a quick snack or a full meal. Please be aware that our building is a nut-free zone. You can find drinking fountains next to the washrooms on Levels 1, 4, 5, 6 and 7.
We want to make your visit as comfortable as possible. Out of respect for people with environmental sensitivities, please be mindful of using scented products. You may find the Museum cool. We maintain the temperature at 19’C — 20’C (66’F — 68’F) in order to preserve artifacts we have on display. You might want to consider bringing a sweater or jacket.
The Israel Asper Tower of Hope
Atop the Museum is the Tower of Hope, which offers 360-degree views of Winnipeg and incredible photo opportunities. You can get to the viewing platform by elevator or the spiral staircase.
We are committed to creating an experience that is accessible and inclusive for all individuals. If a member of your family or group requires accomodations, please feel free to contact us in advance at 204–289-2000. We will make every effort to meet your specific requirements.
Learn more about our commitment to accessibility.
We strive to provide a safe and comfortable environment for everyone. Read our helpful information about strollers, complimentary coat check, bag policies and more.
- Use electric scooters for mobility purposes.
- Bring your service animals. Other pets are not allowed.
- Check all backpacks, shopping bags, packages and umbrellas. Check any other items larger than 25 cm x 30 cm x 25 cm. It’s compulsory.
- Ask for wheelchairs, strollers and cane seats, which are available at the Coat Check for visitor on-site use. Photo ID or a credit card is needed for deposit.
- Smoke anywhere in the Museum.
- Bring any of your valuable items. The Museum is not responsible for the loss or damage of any items left at Coat Check.
- Carry any bag or item on your back due to visitor and exhibit safety. If bags can’t be carried reasonably and safely in another manner they must be checked.
Phone and Photography Etiquette
We’d like you to take your experiences and memories home with you.
- Take photos in the galleries and share them on social media (for non-commercial use).
- Keep your cell phone with you and use our mobile app (but please set the ringer to vibrate and be respectful of other visitors when using it).
- Contact our Communications team for questions regarding any media and special photography, including film and video projects, at 204–289-2112.
- Lean over railings when taking photos, for your safety and security.
- Use a flash at any time.
- Use your phone for conversations in the galleries.
- Bring bulky photography equipment.
- Publish, sell, reproduce, transfer, distribute or use photos taken at the Museum for any commercial purposes.
Our Current Exhibitions
Like the world of human rights, our exhibitions are always changing. See what exhibitions will occupy our galleries during your visit.
Events During Your Visit
We often have special programs and events at the Museum. Explore what’s on during your intended visit to help plan your experience.
Plan Your Stay in Winnipeg
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