Group & School Programs

Model of the convent's construction

Model of the convent

BOOKING A TOUR

Reservations are required at least a week in advance. You will receive a confirmation by fax or email; it must be signed and returned to complete the reservation.

In case of a cancellation, please give the Museum 48 hours advance notice, to avoid being billed.

*All bookings include self-guiding in the Museum before or after your program/tour.

To reserve please email:      reservations@msbm.mb.ca

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING AT THE MUSEUM

THEATRE IN THE CEMETERY  – School programming: TBA

   Level: Grades 5-12 for schools
   Maximum: 75 participants
   Duration: 2 hours
   Cost: $10.50 +gst per student, $12.00+gst per adult and seniors

In Riel’s Footsteps is a guided tour with attitude, a theatrical experience that makes learning about French-Canadian and Métis heritage fun and exciting. Your guide is Angélique Nolin, Western Canada’s first lay school teacher, a dynamic character who knows a lot about Manitoba’s history.  She makes sure your visit is anything but a dull history lesson. This play is followed or started by a museum tour.

VISIT WITH THE PEOPLE OF RED RIVER – 2016 date TBA

English presentations (Some stations may be presented in French upon request) Presented by  the Manitoba Living History Society and Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum. Take a voyage of discovery! Interact with the people of Red River during the Fur Trade and the early Settlement era (1812 – 1845). Enjoy this educational program that focuses on the life and times in early Manitoba. MORNING SESSION: 9:15AM to 11:30AM  AFTERNOON SESSION: 12:15PM to 2:30PM COST:  $6.50+GST per student

GUIDED TOURS

THE MUSEUM

   Level: Any age (Grades K-12 for schools)
   Maximum: 75 participants
   Duration: 1 Hour
   Cost: $7.00+gst per adult, $5.50+gst per student & youth, $6+gst senior & post-secondary students

Enjoy a guided tour of the Museum. Exhibits include; the early inhabitants of the region, and the fur trade; the Red River cart; the history of the Grey Nuns; Louis Riel; traditional crafts (spinning and blacksmithing); the Cathedrals of St. Boniface; On the second floor, period rooms illustrating everyday life at the beginning of the 20th century; and the choir loft containing artefacts from the former City of St. Boniface.

THE SAINT-BONIFACE CATHEDRAL

   Level: Any age (Grades K-12 for schools)
   Maximum: 75 participants
   Duration: 1 Hour
  Cost: $7.00+gst per adult, $5.50+gst per student & youth, $6+gst senior & post-secondary students

Visit the oldest cemetery in Western Canada and learn about its history. Learn about Louis Riel’s contribution to the creation of Manitoba while visiting his gravesite. Discover the ruins of the Basilica that burned in 1968 and see the spectacular stained glass windows in the most modern of St. Boniface’s five cathedrals.

THE MUSEUM AND THE CATHEDRAL

   Level: Any age (Grades K-12 for schools)
   Maximum: 100 participants
   Duration: 1.5 – 2 Hours
   Cost: $8.00+gst per adult, $6.50+gst per student & youth, $7.00+gst senior & post-secondary students

Enjoy a combination of the two tours listed above to connect some of the ideas discussed with the people and places involved.  Groups of up to 50 people can be accommodated on a tour.

SECRET OF THE OLD CONVENT

   Level: adults and families
   Length: 90 minutes
   Cost: $8.00+gst per adult, $6.50+gst per students & youth, $7.00+gst senior & post-secondary student

One of the “original” Grey Nuns from the Red River Colony will greet you with open arms. She will tell you all about their perilous journey from Montreal in the summer of 1844, and about their early years in the St. Boniface convent. No one will leave without a treat! Reservations are required.

CURRICULUM BASED PROGRAMMING

These programs are tailored to the social studies curriculum. Every program includes a guided tour and an interactive activity where the students can go back in time and live an “authentic” experience. There is an education kit available for each of these programs. The kits are available at the DREF (945-8594).

   Maximum: 60 participants
   Duration: 2 Hours
   Cost: $6.50+gst per participant

THE GREY NUNS: PIONEER WOMEN OF THE RED RIVER (Grades K-3)

Who were the Grey Nuns and what were their everyday occupations in the convent? Follow a Grey Nun or a blacksmith’s apprentice to learn what important role the nuns had in the community and what impact they still have today. The tour will conclude with a traditional snack prepared by the students themselves!

INGENUITY AT THE MUSEUM(Grades 3-7)

The students will discover different architectural innovations which were used by the inhabitants of the Red River Settlement. You will surely be impressed by the architecture of the museum itself, the oldest building in Winnipeg.

LIFE IN THE SETTLEMENT (Grades K-6)

How did the people of the Red River Settlement live in the 19th century? The students will compare yesterday’s lifestyle to today’s. They will also try out different daily chores carried out by their ancestors. Work stations include laundry with a washing board, carding wool, weaving, etc.

 

NOVEMBER SPECIAL PROGRAM

DOLORÈS, MÉTIS GRANDMOTHER  (all ages)

Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum is offering a very special program in November 2015. “Dolorès, Métis Grandmother” complements your guided tour of the museum and takes you on an adventure into the world of storytelling, legends, learning and sharing through generations. Your guide is none other than our dearest Métis Grandmother, Dolorès Gosselin.

Come in and make yourself comfortable as you settle into Winnipeg’s oldest building. Take the time to listen. Grandmother’s drums will guide you through her many stories, and may even help you to share your own! This program is appropriate for all ages: from teenagers to adults; from little ones to seniors. “Dolorès, Métis Grandmother” is available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays in November. It will also be available in an on-going manner for special group requests. Please call Le Musée ahead of time to make arrangements.

Cost of experience for group bookings:
(minimum 15 participants; maximum 50)
$6.50/participant
This includes a 45-minute guided tour of Le Musée and a 45-minute storytelling session with Métis Grandmother.

Call 204-986-8496
reservations@msbm.mb.ca
Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum
Our stories – our museum
MSBM recognizes the ongoing support of the City of Winnipeg

 

OLD FAVOURITES

These programs include the activity described and a guided tour of some of the museum exhibits.

   Maximum: 60 participants
   Duration: 1.5 Hours
   Cost: $7.50+gst per participant

BILBOQUET – A MÉTIS RING-AND-PIN GAME (Grades 4-8) Some form of this game is found all over the world. The Métis version is made of a disk with holes pierced in it; a stick is attached to the disk on a leather cord. The object of the game is to score points by catching the disk on the stick. Participants will make their very own bilboquet as they learn more about the history of the game, and then they can play!

THE LITTLE SCHOOLHOUSE(Grades 3-6) Come in, sit down, and be good. A Grey Nun will give you a calligraphy lesson. Learn what school was like in the 19th century when boys and girls sat at opposite ends of the room and homework was done with a quill pen.

MEDICINAL REMEDIES GAME (Grades 5-12 and adults) What illness can be warded off with the skin of a “chicoque”? – that’s a French word for skunk derived from the Ojibway language. This entertaining game was prompted by some of the recollections of French-Canadian and Métis elders who recorded their oral history. In it, you have to connect the medicine with the illness it is supposed to treat. The aim is to make us aware of how self-sufficient past generations had to be in taking care of their own health, and in finding and developing cures. The activity also shows how important it is to record oral history.

 

On Loan

Touchable artifacts kit
Touchable artifacts kit.
Loan period: two weeks maximum
Cost: $10.00

The borrower is responsible for pick-up and return. A dozen different objects with descriptions in both English and French can be loaned for use in a seniors’ home or a classroom. The kit includes tools, kitchen utensils and other common objects; most date from around the turn of the 20th century. To borrow the kit, call (204) 986-8499 or write to

. For further information, please contact us at (204) 237-4500 or email .