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Antler River Historical Society
41 Ash Street
Melita MB R0M 1L0
Admission: family friendly; Annual Family Membership $20 with unlimited visits. Individual daily pass $5.00 per person
June- August, 1 pm to 5 pm OPEN as is, with ongoing renovations. Closed August 4-7 for roof repairs.
Off Season Hours:
By appointment in September. Closed during winter months for tours. By appointment during May.
About the Museum:
The Antler River Historical Society is a treasure of artifacts and exhibits from southwestern manitoba. The Museum is housed in a 7000 square foot, yellow brick, two-storey building, domed with an octagonal bell tower. The building itself operated as the Melita School from 1884 to 1972.
The museum consists of eight former classrooms, dedicated to exhibiting the following:
- a room of local photos/a one-room school replica
- local native history, artifacts,
- Geology display
- a replica pioneer home
- military exhibit, photos, a WWII German ant-tank gun
- local school and club/church memoribilia
- archives of the local newspaper, MTS display
- antique tools, tradesman display/avian taxidermy display
- Pioneer fashion room, RCMP Marchwest display
In addition, the hallways are lined with exhibits such as fur displays, a full sized buggy, printing press, fire department display, geological exhibit, and much much more. To tour the museum can take up to 3 hours.
Adjacent to the Antler River Historical Society, is the A.F. Jensen Trophy Room. This building houses exhibits from Mr. Jensen's many hunting trips to Africa. (CLOSED TEMPORARILY)
Southwestern Manitoba is rich in history. One can also take a tour south to Coulter Park and Sourisford, to view the two-storey fieldstone pioneer home, the log house in Coulter Park, the Burial Mounds, teepee rings, Medicine Wheel and buffalo jump. Also of note is the The Brockinton House, a small fieldstone home overlooking the Souris River. This is one of the first white homesteads in the area.
Please be sure to add our Museum to your "stay-cation" list. You will not be disappointed.
Banana Days (ANNUAL EVENT)
PLEASE REFER TO THE MELITA BANANA DAYS FACEBOOK PAGE FOR THE WEEKEND EVENTS:
* "3 and 83 Cruisers" car show held on the grounds adjacent to the Museum.
* 1984 History Book sales.
* The 1st Annual Old Fashioned Outdoor Tea Party, Saturday August 8 from 2-4 pm at the museum lawn. Children's tea party, games, crafts, tables and chairs for the adults. Prizes for best outfit.
A fun weekend for everyone!
The Museum is a great place for family photos. The fieldstone and brick building makes a lovely backdrop for photos.
We are now on the list as a home to the endangered Chimney Swift. Stop by in the evening to watch these little birds dart in and out of the chimney from 1904.
Fall tour of local sites with Archaeologist from the Manitoba Museum pending.
UPCOMING: Plans for the First Annual Haunted House Fundraiser at the Museum. Watch for details.
Check out our Facebook page. Antler River Historical Society Museum!
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