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A fantastic fall begins at the Museum: new hours and tours

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Starting today, the Museum will resume its off-season hours, which are Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday evening until 9 p.m., closed on Mondays except for holidays such as Thanksgiving. From January 4 to 11, 2016, the Museum's galleries will be closed to visitors for annual maintenance closure week, although business office hours will continue.

The centuries-old Magna Carta will continue to be on display until September 18, part of a special travelling exhibit in the Museum's brand new Level 1 Gallery.

Free nights will resume on October 14 and, subsequently, on the first Wednesday evening of each month. The free program, designed to reach a wide and diverse audience of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, had been suspended during the busy summer months. Free admission will also be offered all day on December 10, International Human Rights Day.

The Museum has also re-introduced its architectural "Discover the Building" tour, which now runs every Sunday at 1 p.m. until December 20 (60 minutes). The popular "Explore the Galleries" tour continues six days a week at 10:30 a.m. (90 minutes), 1 p.m. (60 minutes) and 2:30 p.m. (90 minutes).

The Mikinak-keya Spirit Tour, a unique experience that explores Indigenous peoples' concepts of humanity, rights and responsibilities, has been extended to December 19, running Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. An Indigenous guide leads the journey, examining the Museum's architecture through the lens of those who have lived here for thousands of years, and sharing stories gifted by Elders.

Student programs for school groups resume on September 22 and are expected to welcome over 30,000 participants over the course of the school year – up 10,000 from last year. Teachers are encouraged to book now to ensure a spot for their class.

Overall, the Museum saw excellent visitor numbers this summer, welcoming approximately 140,000 people from May to August, up 31 per cent over the previous four months.

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is the first museum in the world solely dedicated to the evolution, celebration and future of human rights. Using multimedia technology and other innovative approaches, the CMHR creates inspiring encounters with human rights for all ages, in a visitor experience unlike any other.

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