Children and Families

Discover stories for all ages.

At the Museum, children of all ages can explore. We have put together some information to ensure their experience is an inspiring one.

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Before Your Visit

Tips to get the most out of your visit with children

While some Museum content can be challenging, many of the stories are appropriate for all.

We encourage young visitors, from toddlers to teens, to investigate human rights topics at their own level of understanding. Parents and caregivers can take note of children’s responses to stories and be prepared to reassure children and validate their feelings.

Please check our guides to see suggestions and recommendations for exploring exhibitions based on age level.

Ask Questions Such As:

  • Is there a human rights issue that really matters to you? Which one? Why?

  • What are some ways to make sure everyone feels included?

  • What would you do if you saw someone being bullied?

During Your Visit

We strive to ensure everyone enjoys their museum experience.

We want to make sure children and other museum visitors have a safe and comfortable experience. Here is some helpful information:

  • We offer services such as strollers, Coat Check and baby change tables. Our staff will help you along the way.

  • All backpacks, large bags, shopping bags, packages and umbrellas must be stored at Coat Check. If required, a mesh bag will be provided to carry any belongings you need for the day.

  • Water fountains are located outside most washrooms. Visit Boreal Café on Level 1 and Cloud Coffee on Level 5 for snacks and beverages.

  • Help us provide a nut‐free and scent‐free environment for the health and safety of all visitors.

  • We are committed to accessibility and inclusion. If a member of your family or group has special needs, you are welcome to contact the Museum in advance at 204–289-2000. We will make every effort to meet your specific requirements.

Guides for Exploring

There is so much to see at the Museum, but not every exhibit is suitable for children of all ages. We've put together a guide to ensure your visit is age‐appropriate.

Children Under 7

This suggested pathway takes about 45 minutes.

Read the Guide Children Under 7
A woman and a young boy look up at a wall. The boy is reaching out and touching the wall. Blue, red and green coloured light is being projected onto the wall and the boy’s hand.

Children 7 to 12

This suggested pathway takes about one hour.

Read the Guide Children 7 to 12
A group of three children stand in front of an interactive table.

Teens 13 to 17

Parents or caregivers are in the best position to decide whether teens need supervision or are able to visit on their own.

Read the Guide Teens 13 to 17
An adult man and a teenaged boy stand beside one another looking down at an interactive table.

After Your Visit

Many exhibits are designed to create a powerful and memorable experience. If your child is reflecting on their experience, here are some useful techniques to guide the discussions.

Ask Questions Such As:

  • What story interested you most? Why?

  • Does someone you know inspire you? How and why?

  • What could our family do to help others?