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CMHR extends hours to Wednesday evenings, plus free entry once a month

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This press release was distributed on January 12, 2015. For more up-to-date information on our free Wednesday evenings, please visit the Admissions page.

Winnipeg – January 12, 2015 – The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) has extended its hours and will now be open every Wednesday evening until 8 p.m.

"Our goal is to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to visit Canada's new national museum and experience a journey of inspiration in an amazing architectural setting," said Gail Stephens, CMHR interim president and CEO. "Evening hours will help us serve a portion of the population that may not have time during the day or on the weekend, or those who wish to see the Museum in a different light."

The museum is also introducing a free evening once a month, as previously announced when admission fees were made public last June. This Wednesday, January 14, admission will be available at no charge between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Starting in February, the first Wednesday evening of each month will be free.

"Ensuring all Canadians have access to human rights awareness and education is part of our core mandate," Stephens said. "Just as we are committed to inclusive design in serving persons of all abilities and ages, we also strive to minimize other barriers to access based on income, lifestyle or working hours."

During the winter, features such as the glowing alabaster ramps can be viewed in dramatic contrast to the evening darkness. A night-time view from the Israel Asper Tower of Hope can present the city of Winnipeg as a magical sea of light. In summer, visitors can take advantage of long, warm days to extend their leisure pursuits.

During the evening of Wednesday, January 21, visitors to the Museum can also participate in a free public event at 7 p.m. featuring a panel discussion about the media's role during the Holodomor famine-genocide in Ukraine during the 1930s. Please note that admission fees will apply on that day for entry to the galleries.

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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