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: 2015 dates TBA

   Level: Grades 5–12 for schools
   Max­i­mum: 75 participants
   Dura­tion: 2 hours
   Cost: $9.00+gst per stu­dent, $11.00+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 — 2015 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.

RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES IN THE SETTLEMENT –Com­ing Soon! (Grades 4–11)

What were the rights and respon­si­bil­i­ties of the peo­ple in the Red River Set­tle­ment? Dis­cover what Louis Riel defended for his peo­ple. Have the rights and respon­si­bil­i­ties change over time? This tour will focus on the roles of each mem­ber of the com­mu­nity and will give the stu­dents the oppor­tu­nity to go back in time and live an expe­ri­ence of ‘authen­tic’ citizenship.

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 .

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