Public invited to final free admission evening before summer season

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Popular free admission offer returns in October

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) invites members of the public to attend the final free admission evening before the summer season, starting at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3, 2015. 

Free admission evenings, open to all members of the public, have been held once a month since January 2015. Each of these nights draws an average of 1,900 visitors, with line‐ups stretching throughout Bonnie & John Buhler Hall. After June 3, the next free admission evening will be October 14, 2015. 

The CMHR is committed to ensuring equitable access and minimizing barriers to entry to the Museum. In addition to free admission evenings, a number of different mechanisms are in place to ensure greater accessibility, including panel discussions and cultural performances open to all.

The CMHR welcomed 212,000 visitors during its first seven months of operation from September 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015, including nearly 9,000 visitors who came for September's free preview tours on inaugural weekend. 

"Every visitor provides us with an opportunity to share the importance and relevance of human rights," said interim President and CEO Gail Stephens. "Through our exhibitions and public programming, we offer creative ways to engage our visitors in human rights conversations."

The CMHR's mandate is to enhance the public's understanding of human rights, to promote respect for others, and to encourage reflection and dialogue. All visitors help to contribute to achieving this mandate, whether through paid admission to the galleries, through public programming offered in Bonnie & John Buhler Hall, or through free admission evenings. 

Financial statements for the fiscal year concluded on March 31, 2015 are now being audited. Earned revenues are expected to total $1.8 million for inaugural year, which includes seven months of operations. The CMHR earns revenue from admission tickets, membership sales, group tours, school groups, sales at the Boutique, commissions from ERA Bistro and facility rental fees. 

For more information, please contact:
Rhea Yates, CMHR media relations advisor
Cell: 204–806-3526