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Information and Updates: COVID-19

Last updated: November 12, 2020

The Museum remains closed due to current public health restrictions

Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer has announced a “code red” status for all of Manitoba to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Under code red, all museums, galleries and libraries must close.

We will provide updates on this page and through Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. If you have specific questions, please contact us at info@humanrights.ca.

The Museum continues to offer rich online experiences, including tours, films, exhibits and educational resources.

 

Help for teachers

We’re providing help for teachers to deliver classroom and at-home learning about human rights.

Our COVID-19 – Learn at home page offers a variety of free resources:

  • We’ve adapted our unique Be an Upstander online learning resource for Grades 5 to 8 with a new video introduction and a modified teacher guide with lesson plans to support students learning from home.
  • Teachers can sign up for a free virtual lesson for high school students – where Museum program interpreters interact with students in real time.
  • We have also created two teaching guides for our virtual tours of the Museum’s exhibits.

Learn at home

 

Explore the Museum from home

Take a trip to the Museum, even while you’re stuck at home! Explore the building and the exhibits in three virtual tours:

  • “Amazing architecture,” lets you explore our remarkable building– including the glowing alabaster rampways, the Stuart Clark Garden of Contemplation and the exterior glass “cloud.”
  • ”A view from the top” takes you to the 7th-floor “Inspiring Change” gallery and all the way up to the Israel Asper Tower of Hope.
  • And in “Stay home, stay safe,” a Museum guide takes you through two galleries on the Museum’s second level – Indigenous Perspectives and Canadian Journeys.

There are many other ways you can explore the Museum from home: by using our mobile app, browsing the Exhibitions page or learning about the Spirit Panels in our Indigenous Perspectives gallery.

Start exploring

Human rights stories

Stories about compassion, tenacity, courage and resilience can help us rise to the challenges we now face from COVID-19.

The Museum has a diverse collection of compelling online stories, ranging from a high school student’s struggle for a racially integrated prom, to Canadian musicians working to promote human rights, to the legacy of Indian residential schools, to refugee issues in Star Trek.

Explore the stories

Resource for kids

Looking for kids’ activities? Encourage them to become “upstanders” for human rights through our interactive student resource and teaching guide.

Be an Upstander” helps young people learn how they can follow the example of real-life upstanders like Malala Yousafzai and Travis Price to take a stand for human rights.  

As they work through the website – which includes fun drag-and-drop features – kids will learn that they too have the capacity to be a human rights upstander. They’ll then be challenged to take tangible steps to create change.  

The site includes a link to a comprehensive teacher guide to help teachers or parents guide their kids through a related project.


October 30, 2020

The Museum is closed due to current public health restrictions

Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer has announced a “code red” status for Winnipeg to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Under code red, all museums, galleries and libraries must close for a minimum of two weeks, at which time the code red status will be re-assessed.

We will provide updates on this page and through Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. If you have specific questions, please contact us at info@humanrights.ca.


June 17, 2020

The Museum has reopened!

The Museum reopened on June 17, with special measures in place to protect the health and safety of everyone in our building. We are meeting or exceeding public health orders and guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Know before you go


June 10, 2020

Reopening the Museum

We look forward to reopening the Museum on Wednesday, June 17, with special measures in place to protect the health and safety of everyone in our building.

The Museum continues to offer rich online experiences for people who prefer virtual visits – including tours, films, exhibits, educational resources and opportunities to share stories. 


March 13, 2020 at 1 p.m.

The Museum is temporarily closed, effective Saturday, March 14. 

Due to the COVID‐19 pandemic, Canada’s national museums have made the decision to close across Canada to visitors and all other groups. 

We will continue to monitor the situation and will communicate with the public on this page and through all of our social media channels. Should you have any specific questions, please contact us at info@humanrights.ca.


March 13, 2020, 11 a.m.

The safety and well-being of our visitors, volunteers and staff are always our highest priority.

The Museum remains open, but we are closely monitoring developments regarding COVID-19. The Public Health Agency of Canada continues to assess the COVID-19 public health risk as “low” for the general population but notes that this could change rapidly. The Museum is prepared to respond as this public health situation evolves.

What we are doing now:

  • Adopting new cleaning protocols, which increase the frequency and level of cleaning and disinfecting in all areas of the Museum.
  • Increasing supplies of hand sanitizer stations throughout the Museum.
  • Suspending the volunteer-run coat check to minimize passing of personal objects. Visitors can place their belongings in self-serve lockers or open cubbies.
  • Advising our staff to stay home if they are sick and to self-quarantine if they are aware of potential exposure or are experiencing symptoms that may be related to COVID-19.
  • Cancelling all staff travel to international destinations, including the U.S. until at least April 30. Assessing all staff domestic travel on a case-by-case basis.
  • Over the coming days, we will be reviewing our public programming plans to ensure that we can provide appropriate physical distance between our guests. Some events may need to be cancelled or modified and we will update our website as needed.

For information about how we are working to provide safe rental spaces for our guests, please contact events@humanrights.ca.

We will update this page, as well as our social media accounts, with additional information as needed. Should you have any specific questions, please contact us at info@humanrights.ca.