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Canadian Museum for Human Rights Ready to Open

Canadian Museum for Human Rights Grand OpeningAssiniboine Credit Union was an early supporter of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) and over the past few years we’ve had a great view of the construction from our head office at 200 Main. At last the museum is ready to open to the public!

Opening ceremonies kick off at 10:30am on Friday September 19 and are followed by a weekend RightsFest which includes numerous free events including a concert on Saturday featuring Canadian musical stars including Bruce Cockburn, Shad and Buffy Sainte-Marie.

Regular admission starts on Saturday, September 27. The museum will be open Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00am – 5:00pm. Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for youth and $42 for a family.

Quick Facts about CMHR

  • This national landmark the first national museum built outside the National Capital Region in Ottawa.
  • On April 17, 2003, Isreal (Izzy) Asper first introduced his vision of a place where students could learn about human rights, that would bring new life to central Winnipeg and attract visitors from Canada and the world.
  • As one of Canada’s largest international architectural competitions,  entries came from 64 countries and the winner was an American architect, Antoine Predock.
  • The Museum stands on Treaty One territory, Canada’s first treaty after Confederation, not far from the place where the Métis rebelled under Louis Riel in 1870. It covered the relationship between Canada and the First Nations in Manitoba.
  • In consultation with Aboriginal Elders, the CMHR funded an archaeological excavation that recovered more than 400,000 artifacts. Traditional medicine bags were deposited in over 500 holes drilled for the piles.
  • Designed to resemble mythic mountain surrounded by a massive glass cloud, it includes:
    • a kilometre of glowing white alabaster ramps that take visitors on a journey of light through the darkness.
    • a 100 metre shining Tower of Hope
    • an interior Garden of Contemplation full of basalt rock, water and greenery.

To create the iconic building Architect Antoine Predock was inspired by images from the Canadian landscape: mountains, clouds, Prairie grass, ice and snow.

Share Your Story

Do you have a story about human rights? You can share your experience or listen to other people’s stories at their online booth.

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6th Floor, 200 Main Street
Winnipeg, MB R3C 1A8

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