Spring Programs

2022

Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum collects, preserves, researches, and interprets a collection of artifacts relating to Western Canada’s French-Canadian and Métis heritage, while acknowledging the historical contributions of the First Nations and religious communities. The Museum aims to provide visitors with experiences that will encourage greater awareness, appreciation and understanding of the French-Canadian and Métis cultures in Manitoba. Due to the ever-changing nature of COVID-19 restrictions, program availability and/or capacity may be subject to change.

Museum exhibit tours

In-person guided tours will be available for groups, minimum 10 people

Must be reserved one week in advance.

We ask you to wear your mask and respect social distancing directives that will be explained upon your arrival.

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Museum Tour

1 Hour. All ages. Capacity 30. $7 + GST / person

Enjoy a guided tour of the Museum and let our engaging interpreters lead the way. Wind you way through artfully curated exhibits that include: the early inhabitants of the region; the fur trade; the Métis, Louis Riel and the creation of the province of Manitoba; the history of the Grey Nuns; the Red River cart; wool, looms and traditional textile arts; the mission and Cathedrals of St. Boniface; a turn of the century country kitchen; a 1920’s townhouse and, a choir loft overlooking the beautifully restored chapel.

Outdoor Walking Tours

Beginning April 4th, 2022, walking tours will be available for groups, minimum 10 people.  Must be reserved one week in advance.

We ask you to wear your mask and respect social distancing directives that will be explained upon your arrival.

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Women who made us

1 hour. Grade 6 and up.

Ranging from a clandestine kidnapping to a devastating candle making accident. The first women to make a salary in the Canadian west to the empire of healthcare established in St-Boniface. History reveals the contributions made by women that have forged our community.

This hour-long tour includes markers that celebrate architects, artists, authors, and contemporary artisans.

$7 + GST / person

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Moccasin Walk

1 hour. Grade 6 and up.

Like many indigenous languages michif is a descriptive language. Sometimes several words in French are used to designate a thing or item: “l’arbre à saint” (saints’ tree) for sage; “graines bleues” (blue seeds) for blueberries; and “souliers mous” (soft shoes) for moccasins!

Who are the Métis “of the Red River”? What stories can deepen our understanding of the Métis, help us celebrate their history, and stand in solidarity with them? From the notorious MacDoug, a tireless ferry operator, to the tragic fate of Elzéar Goulet. From self-governance during large buffalo hunts to the entrepreneurial spirit of dedicated millers. We will share stories, big and small, to recognise the complexity of the Métis nation.

$7 + GST / person

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Saint-Boniface Cemetery Tour

1 Hour. All ages. Capacity 30. $7 + GST / participant.

Visit the oldest cemetery in Western Canada and discover its history. Learn about illustrious contributors to Manitoba history while visiting some important gravesites, including Louis Riel’s. Step into the ruins of the Basilica that burned in 1968 and see the spectacular stained-glass windows in the most recent and modern of St. Boniface’s five cathedrals. *Popular choice: this tour is most often booked as a complement to the museum tour.

Virtual Museum Tour

Museum Tour

Virtual Museum Tour

1 hour. All ages.

Enjoy a guided one-hour tour of our Virtual Museum through Zoom, Teams or Google Duo. Let our experienced interpreters lead the way through artfully curated exhibits that include: the early inhabitants of the region; the fur trade; the Métis, Louis Riel and the creation of the province of Manitoba; the history of the Grey Nuns; the Red River cart; wool, looms and traditional textile arts; a turn of the century country kitchen; a 1920’s townhouse and, a choir loft overlooking the beautifully restored chapel. Your group will have access to the virtual museum after also! 

Cost varies. Sponsorship may be available. Please contact us for more details.

(*Please see additional booking/cancellation info below).

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Documentary: "A Visit with Dr. Phil"

1 hour.

The St. Boniface Museum is situated in the largest oak log structure in North America and houses an impressive collection of artifacts. With a national reputation for its Louis Riel exhibit, thousands of people visit every year to celebrate and better understand how Canada’s fifth province entered Confederation.

A Visit with Dr. Phil captures historian Philippe Mailhot, Ph.D., inside the museum where he previously researched and worked for well over 30 years. From his privileged vantage point as former Director of the St. Boniface Museum, he’s got quite a few stories to tell.

We asked him the most popular questions about Francophone and Métis history, and he answered them in his famous and beloved ‘Dr. Phil’ storytelling way…

$100 for 72-hour access to stream the documentary.

Educational organizations receive a 40% discount for 2021.

Special Notes

* Minimum fees may apply. Reservations are required a week in advance in order to schedule the appropriate amount of tour guides. Once all the details have been captured, you will receive a confirmation sheet by email; it must be signed and returned to us to finalize your booking. In case of a cancellation, please give the Museum 48 hours’ advance notice, to avoid being billed. *All bookings include self-guided discovery of the Museum before or after your program/tour.

Outdoor picnic tables are available for your use (our indoor classroom may be available during inclement weather). Please request when making your reservation, if required.

To reserve your guided tour or other program, please email experiences@msbm.mb.ca or call 204-237-4500 ext. 420