Winter Holiday Programming

Bring your family and celebrate the holiday season at the Museum! Join in our activities for all ages and explore human rights stories from around the world. All family-friendly activities are offered daily from December 26, 2017 to January 7, 2018.  

Children 12 and under can visit the Museum for free from December 23, 2017 to January 7, 2018.


Sharing Family Traditions

What does the holiday season mean to you? In this interactive art activity, share the traditions that are important to you and your loved ones. Discover how Canadians from diverse backgrounds celebrate the holidays in unique ways.

Offered daily in the Hall of Hope on Level 2 – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Free with admission and free for members.


Rights and the Arctic Environment

We all need to work together to protect the environment for future generations. Learn how to work together in a group to make your very own snowperson to take home!

Offered daily in the Rights Today gallery on Level 5 from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Free with admission and free for members.


Weaving Change

Find out how grandmothers are using yarn-bombing to protect the human rights of children orphaned by the AIDS pandemic across Africa! Make your own yarn creation to show your support.

Offered daily in the Inspiring Change gallery on Level 7 – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Free with admission and free for members.


Classical Music Performance

The right to freedom of expression takes many forms! Join the Museum and Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts cellist Blair Burns and violinist Maya de Forest for a classical music performance over the holiday season.

The performance will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on December 27 on the Carolyn Sifton Foundation Terrace on Level 6.

Free with admission and free for members.


Blair Burns

Blair Burns received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Manitoba where he studied under Bryan Epperson. Blair was principal cellist of the Orchestral Training Programme at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto and received his Master of Music from McGill University, studying under Antonio Lysy. Blair studied period cello with Tafelmusik’s Christina Mahler and the AIMS Festival orchestra in Grax, Austria.  Blair then remained in Europe for eleven years.  During this time he was a member of the LOH-Orchester Sondershausen and Stadtisches Orchester Bremerhaven, as well as playing as a guest with several orchestras in Germany.


Maya de Forest

Maya de Forest began her violin studies in Winnipeg. Her abilities were developed under the guidance of Donna Grescoe, one of the founding members and teachers of the Manitoba Conservatory. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Music in Performance from McGill University studying with Mauricio Fuks. A working musician for the last twenty years, Maya has been a member of the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra as well as the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra. She spent eight years playing as a regular extra with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Her freelance work includes Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Esprit Orchestra, McGill Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet touring orchestra and the Winnipeg Symphony. Maya has also played numerous live stage productions with the Banff Centre, LIvent, MTC, Rainbow Stage and recording sessions for CBC, Sony, Disney and Livent.


Grandmothers Giving Back

Over the holiday season, many people reflect on how they can contribute to making a better world for everyone.

The Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign supports children orphaned by the AIDS pandemic on the African continent as well as the grandmothers who raise them.

Join Canadian members of the Grandmothers Campaign as they speak to their experiences helping grandmothers, children, and whole communities across sub-Saharan Africa. Their stories are chronicled in a newly released book, Powered By Love: A Grandmothers’ Movement to End AIDS in Africa, for sale in the Museum Boutique.

Offered Thursday, December 28 and Friday, December 29 from 2 p.m. to  4 p.m. on the Carolyn Sifton Foundation Terrace on Level 6.

Free with admission and free for members.



Don’t forget to take one of our engaging and interactive guided tours as part of your Museum experience! Please refer to the tours page for more information. We have a special holiday schedule for the Discover the Building Tour, where you explore how the Ancient Greeks, an 800-year-old Indigenous footprint, and the landscape of Canada influenced the construction of the Museum.

To purchase tour tickets, please visit the Ticketing and Information desk, contact us at visitorservices [at] humanrights.ca or call us at 204-289-2000.


Please note that scheduled programs are subject to change or cancellation.