School Programs

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 the religious communities. The Museum aims to provide visitors and students with experiences that will encourage greater awareness, appreciation and understanding of the French-Canadian and Métis cultures in Manitoba. Our programs offer meaningful learning experiences designed to complement Manitoba social studies curriculum! Choose from one of our programs or combine them to deepen your understanding and experience. All bookings include self-guiding in the Museum before or after your program/tour.

1 Hour = $7/student*

2 Hours = $8/student*

3 Hours = $9/student*

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Uprooted Nation

1 hour. Grades 6 & up. Capacity 30.

2 Hours. Grades 6 & up. Capacity 60.

Whether you are 3 year old Marguerite Delorme or 16 year old Joseph Nault, the question is the same: where will you and your siblings live in this new province? Imagine being unable to decide where you will live when you grow up. Instead, you and your siblings are uprooted and spread across the province. How would you feel? Where would you live? Will you be far from your family? Will your new community suit you? Relive the story of Métis families and experience the deception and displacement some faced following the creation of Manitoba. Based on the land distribution process that was put in place, this experience supports Manitoba's social studies and Canadian history curriculums, and is perfect for anyone who wants to better understand Métis land rights issues. Get ready to experience fate as it happened for Métis children... decided by the luck of a draw.

1 hour: Uprooted Nation. 7$/participant*

2 hours: Uprooted Nation & MSBM tour. $8/participant*

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Life in the Settlement

2 Hours. Students K-6. Capacity 60.

Our specialty program for this age group! Created in line with provincial curricula, we bring your students into a world of discovery with a guided tour of the museum, complemented by hands-on activities designed to deepen their understanding and appreciation for history, with a focus on how the people of the Red River Settlement lived in the 19th century. Let them try their hand at construction techniques, feel the weight of hauling water on their shoulders, figure out how to assemble a Red River Cart, and work the loom or scrub the laundry the old-fashioned way!

$8/participant*

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In Riel's Footsteps

2 Hours. Grades 5 & up. Capacity 80

Your guide is Angélique Nolin, Western Canada’s first lay school teacher, a dynamic character who knows a “hole” lot about Manitoba’s history. She makes sure your visit is anything but a dull history lesson. From the arrival of the first explorers to the birth of a province, this cemetery tells the story of over 200 years of courage and perseverance.

$12/participant*

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Museum Tour

1 Hour. All ages. Capacity 60.

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.

$7/participant*

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Saint-Boniface Cathedral Tour

1 Hour. All ages. Capacity 60.

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.

$7/participant*

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Dolores, Métis Grandmother

1 Hour. All ages. Capacity 60.

This experience takes you on an adventure into the world of storytelling, legends, learning and sharing across 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! “Dolorès, Métis Grandmother” is offered according to our Elder’s availability. *Contact us with a few date and time preferences and we will coordinate according to your choices and our Elder’s availability. *Popular choice: this program is most often booked as a complement to the museum tour.

Minimum gift of $150.00 for 1 Hour or minimum $225 for 2 - 1 Hour sessions.

Complement this program with a museum tour for $6/participant

Special Notes

*A minimum $75 fee 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.

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  reservations@msbm.mb.ca or call 204-237-4500 ext. 420