Mandate and Museum Experience


To explore the subject of human rights, with special but not exclusive reference to Canada, in order to enhance the public's understanding of human rights, to promote respect for others, and to encourage reflection and dialogue - Museums Act.

Museum Experience

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) will take you on a journey of inspiration unlike anything you’ve experienced before. From the moment you enter through its massive stone roots, to the time you emerge in its light-filled Tower of Hope, you will be moved by the power of human rights. Canada’s newest national museum rises from the Prairie earth in Winnipeg at The Forks, where the Red and Assiniboine rivers meet on Treaty One land at a doorstep of the historical location of Métis occupation and Louis Riel’s provisional government, the Museum sits on land that has been a meeting place for over six thousand years. The only museum in the world solely devoted to human rights awareness and education, it stands as a beacon for visitors from around the globe. Ramps of glowing alabaster criss-cross galleries designed to challenge, motivate and uplift. Multi-sensory exhibits explore human rights concepts with an international scope, but through a uniquely Canadian lens. An amazing encounter with human rights awaits families, tourists and scholars alike.

Guiding Principles

Core operations: The CMHR aspires to offer its visitors an inspiring encounter with human rights while exceeding Canadians’ expectations for balance, transparency, sound business practices and meaningful public consultation.

Inspiring human rights reflection and dialogue: The Museum fosters an appreciation for the importance of human rights, spurs informed dialogue and invites participants to identify the contemporary relevance of past and present human rights events, both at home and abroad. The Museum exemplifies Canadians’ commitment to freedom and democracy and aims to ignite an informed, ever-evolving global conversation.

Celebrating Canadians’ commitment to human rights: The citizens of Canada are endowed with inherent human rights and responsibilities, codified over time in treaties, policies, laws and declarations. The CMHR provides a safe and engaging space to cultivate respect, gratitude, understanding and ongoing improvement of this human rights inheritance. The Museum connects its visitors with opportunities to explore the global development of human rights concepts and Canada’s important role within it.

Meaningful encounters between architecture and human rights: The CMHR is purposefully situated at a historic junction where two rivers meet, an important meeting place and starting point for new journeys for more than 6,000 years. The Museum honours this tradition by inviting guests to participate in a human rights journey of their own, in a building significant for its architectural symbolism of human rights advancement.

Dynamic and accessible human rights content: The Museum aims to deliver an immersive, interactive and memorable experience for visitors of every background, age and level of ability. All participants will have access to a fully reinvented museum experience that reflects a design approach that sets new Canadian and world standards for inclusion and universal accessibility.

A credible and balanced learning resource: As a global human rights learning resource, the Museum bears a responsibility to ensure the accuracy, integrity and credibility of its research and collected knowledge. The Museum strives to serve as a trusted international source for human rights learning, at all times encouraging critical engagement with museum scholarship and content.