Tours

Enrich your visit with a deeper look.

Add depth and dialogue to your journey through the Museum’s inspiring human rights stories and stunning architecture. Take a guided tour or choose a self-guided journey using a mobile device.

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Guided tours

Take a guided tour led by interpreters who know the Museum inside and out.

Some tours, such as the popular “Explore the Galleries,” run on a regular schedule for walk-up visitors (see times/days below).

All tours can also be booked for private groups by contacting us at least two weeks in advance at 204–289-2000 or tours@humanrights.ca.

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation for any of the tours listed below is available, upon request. In order for us to best accommodate you, please provide the Museum with two weeks' notice.

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 January 14, 2020 to May 15, 2020:

English

Daily, 10:30 a.m.90 minutes

French

Daily, 2:00 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
Membersfree

Discover the Building

60 minutes

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.

Looking down through the Museum’s cross-crossing alabaster ramps as people move through them.

Photo: CMHR, Aaron Cohen

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
Membersfree

Women’s Rights Tour

75 minutes

This tour focuses on the dynamic history of women’s rights and explores the most pivotal issues affecting women today. Explore familiar and lesser-known stories of women in Canada and around the world and discuss their contributions towards gender equality.

Discover the life’s work of Nellie McClung, Viola Desmond, Huberte Gautreau and Marina Nemat, among others.

This tour is 75 minutes long and includes multiple opportunities for discussion and dialogue along the way.

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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
Membersfree

Métis Rights Tour

60 minutes

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:

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.

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


Indigenous Rights Tour

120 minutes

Pre-bookings only

This tour, developed in keeping with the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, explores the connections between contemporary issues and historic violations of Indigenous rights. Experience a 360-degree film in a circular theatre, a four-storey clay artwork, stories of survival and many exhibits throughout the Museum’s galleries. Participate in activities that challenge dominant world views and reflect upon Indigenous Peoples’ resistance and resilience in the face of genocidal policies. Discuss the power of breaking down stereotypes and using respectful language. Consider pathways to taking individual action towards reconciliation.

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Photo: CMHR, Chronic Creative

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

Prefer to explore on your own?

Our award-winning mobile app offers a self-guided experience that will enhance your Museum journey with audio, video, text, images, augmented reality and interactive panoramas. 

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App download links

  • Download on the App Store
  • Get it on Google Play

Audio Guide

This self-guided tour provides you with highlights of the exhibits and architecture at the Museum. In some galleries, the voices of curators and program developers are included, explaining their work. 

“Near Me” Mode

This feature picks up information transmitted from one of 150 close-proximity Bluetooth iBeacons, located throughout the Museum. Designed to assist visitors who are blind or have low vision, this feature makes information accessible through Text-to-Speech (TTS) readers. Use of this technology is a first for a Canadian cultural institution.

Accessibility

Full accessibility is an important aspect of the app and self-guided tour. Universal Access Points with Braille, tactile numbers and “cane-stop” floor strips alert visitors that more information is available through the app’s “Near Me” mode.

For visitors who are Deaf or hard of hearing, the app can be viewed in American Sign Language (ASL) or Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ). Sign-language content for some exhibits can only be accessed through the app.

Interactive Panorama

Using the camera on your mobile device, you can find augmented reality “hot spots” that relay information about Winnipeg landmarks visible from the Israel Asper Tower of Hope and the Ceremonial Terrace on Level 2.

Interactive Map

This fully accessible interactive map can tell you where you are, show you floorplans, or guide you with text-based directions.

Group reservations

Book a unique shared experience. We offer special ticket reservations for groups of 10 or more – available with or without guided tours, in English and French.

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Photo: CMHR, Aaron Cohen

Visiting with children

We welcome families with children of all ages. To help you get the most from your experience, we've put together some helpful information including suggestions for age-appropriate exploration.

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Photo: CMHR, Ian McCausland

Book a school visit

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

A group of students look at the top of an interactive table emitting white light.

Photo: CMHR, Aaron Cohen