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Guided Tours

Enrich your visit with a deeper look.

Add depth and dialogue to your journey through the Museum. Guided tours offer a closer look at exhibitions, architecture and human rights stories, all led by staff who know the Museum inside and out.

A large group of young people stand around a table. They are wearing lanyards and some are carrying clipboards. A woman on the right of the image is reaching out and pointing to someone or something to the left. The surface of the table emits a blue and white light that slightly illuminates the faces and torsos of the people gathered around it.

Photo: Ian McCausland / MCDP

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Guided Tours

Time to Act

45 minutes

Monday to Friday

Take a talk-tour with a focus on the ongoing persecution and humanitarian crisis the Rohingya people are facing in Myanmar (Burma). How is the museum responding to this important contemporary human rights issue? 

This 45-minute guided experience with one of our interpreters will stop at exhibits in the core galleries and the temporary exhibition Time to Act: Rohingya Voices.

Reflect on the possibilities for individual and collective action. After the tour, take the time to explore on your own. Talk to our in-gallery staff to learn more.

A guide stands next to a dark wall with thin orange lines and digital screens. A small group of people stand in front of the guide.

Photo: CMHR, Aaron Cohen

Booking:

To purchase tour tickets, please buy tickets online, visit the Ticketing and Information desk at the Museum, contact us at visitorservices@humanrights.ca or call us at 204–289‑2000. Pre-purchased tickets are non-refundable. For group bookings, please consult Group Reservations.

Schedule for Tuesday, July 2, 2019 to June 2020

English

Monday to Friday, 1:30 p.m. 45 minutes

French

Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. 45 minutes

Cost (added to general admission):

Adult (18–64) $5
Youth (7–17) $3
Student (with student ID) $4
Senior (65+) $4
Family (max 2 adults + 4 youths) $14
Children (6 and under) free

Spotlight on Mandela: Family Tour

60 minutes

Saturdays

Drop in for a family-friendly guided tour of Mandela: Struggle for Freedom and of related Canadian stories found in other Museum galleries. During this 60-minute tour, families will take a closer look at Nelson Mandela’s life and work defending human rights and his connection to Canada, where he is recognized as an honorary citizen.

Program content is targeted to adults visiting with kids aged 6 and up. Younger children are welcome to join the group.

When people are determined, they can overcome anything

– Nelson Mandela

Girl writing with a pencil on paper

Photo: CMHR, Ruth Bonneville

Booking:

To purchase tour tickets, please buy tickets online, visit the Ticketing and Information desk at the Museum, contact us at visitorservices@humanrights.ca or call us at 204–289‑2000. Pre-purchased tickets are non-refundable. For group bookings, please consult Group Reservations.

Schedule for May 18 to August 24, 2019:

English

Saturday, 1:30 p.m. 60 minutes

French

Saturday, 11 a.m. 60 minutes

Cost (added to general admission):

Adult (18–64) $5
Youth (7–17) $3
Student (with student ID) $4
Senior (65+) $4
Family (max 2 adults + 4 youths) $14
Children (6 and under) free

Explore the Galleries

60–90 minutes

Daily

The Explore the Galleries tour takes you on a unique journey through a selection of galleries and exhibits, connecting you with compelling human rights stories. On this tour, you’ll learn what the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is all about. Our staff will help you explore how your rights are protected and be inspired by stories of courage and action. After the tour, take time to explore the Museum on your own and visit the Israel Asper Tower of Hope.

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Booking:

To purchase tour tickets, please buy tickets online, visit the Ticketing and Information desk at the Museum, contact us at visitorservices@humanrights.ca or call us at 204–289-2000. Pre-purchased tickets are non-refundable. For group bookings, please consult Group Reservations.

Schedule for May 18 to September 8, 2019:
(NOTE: The Explore the Galleries tour will not be offered on Canada Day, July 1, 2019)

English

Daily, 10:30 a.m. 90 minutes
Daily, 1:00 p.m. 90 minutes

French

Daily, 12:45 p.m. 90 minutes

Cost (added to general admission):

Adult (18–64) $5
Youth (7–17) $3
Student (with student ID) $4
Senior (65+) $4
Family (max 2 adults + 4 youths) $14
Children (6 and under) free

Discover the Building

60 minutes

Sundays

The Discover the Building tour leads you through the amazing encounter between architecture and human rights. On this tour, you will explore the building and learn about its inspiring spaces and how they are used, its environmental design features and its stunning alabaster ramps. This tour does not include interpretation of gallery content. You are welcome to take time afterwards to explore the galleries on your own.

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To purchase tour tickets, please buy tickets online, visit the Ticketing and Information desk at the Museum, contact us at visitorservices@humanrights.ca or call us at 204–289‑2000. Pre-purchased tickets are non-refundable. For group bookings, please consult Group Reservations.

Schedule for May 18 to September 18, 2019:

English

Sundays, 1:30 p.m. 60 minutes

French

Sundays, 11 a.m. 60 minutes

Cost (added to general admission):

Adult (18–64) $5
Youth (7–17) $3
Student (with student ID) $4
Senior (65+) $4
Family (max 2 adults + 4 youths) $14
Children (6 and under) free

Women’s Rights Tour

75 minutes

Take a special guided tour with a focus on women’s rights through the powerful stories and inspiring contributions of women in Canada and around the world towards gender equality.

Discover the life’s work of Betty Friedan, Jeannette Corbiere Lavell and Winnie Mandela among others.

This 75-minute tour with one of our interpreters will stop at exhibits focused on women’s rights located throughout the Museum galleries including Mandela: Struggle for Freedom.

After the tour, take the time to explore on your own. Talk to our in-gallery staff to learn more.

People standing listening to a Museum guide.

Photo: CMHR, Ruth Bonneville

Booking:

This tour is currently available for group bookings only. To reserve the tour for your group, please consult Group Reservations.

Cost (added to general admission):

Adult (18–64) $5
Youth (7–17) $3
Student (with student ID) $4
Senior (65+) $4
Family (max 2 adults + 4 youths) $14
Children (6 and under) free

Mikinak-Keya Spirit Tour

90 minutes

Pre-bookings only

Mikinak-Keya Spirit tour is a distinct cultural experience presenting an Indigenous perspective on rights and responsibilities. The tour invites us to discover the powerful connection between First Nations’ sacred knowledge and the Museum’s architecture and human rights mandate. Inspired by ceremony and traditions, this tour offers unique insight into the seven sacred teachings, which call on us to take responsibility for how we live and treat each other.

A painting of the head of a turtle

Painting credit: "Turtle Painting" by Henry Guimond

Booking:

This tour is currently available for group bookings only. To reserve the tour for your group, please consult Group Reservations.

Cost (added to general admission):

The Museum offers Mikinak-Keya at no charge to Indigenous peoples, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis.

Members receive a 10% discount on this tour.

Adult (18–64) $5
Youth (7–17) $3
Student (with student ID) $4
Senior (65+) $4
Family (max 2 adults + 4 youths) $14
Children (6 and under) free

Additional details:

This special tour is the result of an ongoing collaboration between the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and a group of seven First Nations Elders from this region. With their deep connections to their living traditions, teachings and ceremonies, these Elders, or Knowledge Keepers, passed on their knowledge to the Museum’s Indigenous guides during training sessions that took place at the Turtle Lodge in Sagkeeng (Manitoba).

Métis Rights Tour

75 minutes

Pre-bookings only

Manitoba is the heart of the homeland of the Métis people. This tour explores how the Métis have influenced Canada’s human rights journey. Learn about the role and impact of Métis leader Louis Riel as we trace the story of the Métis nation from early settlement to the cultural and political resurgence of today. See the world’s largest Métis beaded artwork, learn about the Rules of the Buffalo Hunt and discover the significance of the colours of the Métis sash.

A tour guide showing a Métis sash to three visitors.

Photo: CMHR, John Woods

Booking:

Call 204–289-2238 to book a group tour. Two weeks advance notice is preferred. Group size can range from 15 to 25 people.

Cost (added to general admission):

Adult (18–64) $5 
Youth (7–17) $3
Student (with student ID) $4
Senior (65+) $4
Family (max 2 adults + 4 youths) $14
Children (6 and under) free


Prefer to explore on your own?

Along with our guided tours, we also offer a self-guided tour through our Journey of Inspiration app. This self-guided experience provides audio, images, video, text, augmented reality and interactive panoramas to enhance your journey through the Museum. In addition, the app also allows you to tour through key exhibits while listening to the voices of those who created them, giving you the opportunity to discover the Museum's many compelling stories at your own pace.

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Audio Guide

Our award-winning app includes the voices of Museum staff members and describes each gallery, providing highlights of exhibitions and architecture, along with images, videos and transcripts.

“Near Me” Mode

This feature connects your device to over 120 Universal Access Points (UAPs) located throughout the Museum, to assist visitors who are blind or have low vision. The use of this technology is a first for Canadian cultural institutions.

Interactive Panorama

Using the camera on your mobile device, we’ve created an augmented reality of the famous Winnipeg landmarks and panoramic views available from the Israel Asper Tower of Hope and Indigenous Perspectives terrace.

Interactive Map

A fully accessible interactive map of the Museum’s public spaces can help you find your way. The map can tell you where you are, show you the floorplans, or guide you to your destination with text-based directions.

Accessibility

Full accessibility is an important aspect of the app and self-guided tour. Information flows from over 120 Universal Access Points (UAP) when using the “Near Me” function. This ensures that visitors who have low vision or are blind still have a rich museum experience. At each UAP, Braille, tactile numbers and “cane-stop” floor strips alert visitors that information is available on key exhibit highlights. Using our mobile app, Text-To-Speech (TTS) is available for all exhibition text in the Museum.

Sign Language

For visitors who are Deaf or hard of hearing, the app can be viewed in ASL or LSQ and includes additional sign-language content for several exhibitions.

Are you visiting with children?

We welcome families and children of all ages. To help you get the most of your experience when visiting with children, we've outlined some helpful information.

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Photo: Ian McCausland / CMHR

Group Reservations

We try to offer something for everyone — even big groups. We offer special reservations for groups of 20 or more, available with and without guided tours, in English and French.

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Book Your School

Our school programs are curriculum-based, age appropriate, inclusive and accessible, using a diverse range of exhibits, activities and methods to enhance your students' understanding of human rights.

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Photo: CMHR, Aaron Cohen