Chapter: Hopes and Dreams

The Children's Museum Building

"From train repair to children's lair"
Oldest remaining Western Canada train repair facility became the Children's Museum in 1994 Derelict train repair facility


The Children's Museum is housed in the oldest remaining train repair facility in Western Canada. Built in 1889, the building depicts The Forks' history as a strategic connection point within Canada. Since 1994, it has been home to the Children's Museum, providing children with fun hands-on educational experiences.

Railroad expansion shaped Winnipeg and more widely Canada's identity. The Children's Museum includes experiences related to the train and showcases a real train.

These pictures reflect the repurpose of an historical building into a welcoming cultural and educational landmark in the heart of Winnipeg.