Association of Manitoba Museums

AMM News & Events

CBC Weekend Morning Show:
Interviews with Museums

The CBC Weekend Morning Show contacted the AMM office saying they wanted to highlight museums in Manitoba throughout the summer and if we could we help them find interested museums.

The idea of having our museums interviewed on the radio to talk about their current exhibits, events, etc. was an idea that we were definitely on board with, so we sent out a call asking who might be available to be interviewed during the wee hours of a Sunday morning.

Several museums responded and provided information on their current exhibits or programs that might be of interest. We passed along the list to Keisha Paul and Bryce Hoye at the CBC and they have been conducting interviews with a museum every Sunday morning since June 26.

We thought you might like to hear some of them:

More interviews will be conducted until the end of the summer. We will post them here or you can go to the Weekend Morning Show's website to see the list.

AMM COVID-19 Update

It is vital to closely monitor official government announcements and make informed decisions for your organization's response.
Information and updates from the Province of Manitoba can be found here:

Province of Manitoba: Covid-19

Information and updates from the Government of Canada can be found here:

Our colleagues at the Alberta Museum Association have prepared a comprehensive process for Museums:

This is a very useful tool to help manage your organization's response over the coming days.
We know a number of our member museums are closed, or will be closing, during the upcoming days. If you let us know, we will try to keep an updated list available on our website, on Facebook, and through social media.


Working remotely 

The AMM office has been closed since Tuesday March 17, and we have been working remotely since then. The Concert Hall Complex, where our office is located, has also been closed to the public. 

We will continue to be linked with our members through email (info (at) museumsmanitoba (dot) com), phone (204-947-1782), and social media. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need anything

Stay healthy and safe!


Canadian Museums Association Response

The Canadian Museums Association sent a letter today (Monday, March 16, 2020) to the Ministers of Finance, Heritage, and Infrastructure, respectively the Honourable Bill Morneau, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, and the Honourable Catherine McKenna. Highlighting the importance of museums and in support of the leadership they are demonstrating in these difficult times, (they) are seeking the federal government’s financial support for the museum sector during the response to COVID-19.

We will apprise you of further details as they develop. (They) encourage you to share this message with your local government representatives.


Media Release:
Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Working together to secure the future for Manitoba’s heritage organizations

The Winnipeg Foundation, Manitoba government and Carolyn Sifton Foundation team up to provide long-term support.

The Winnipeg Foundation has committed to support Manitoba Heritage Trust Program’s funds for both the Association of Manitoba Museums (AMM) and the Association for Manitoba Archives (AMA). Each group’s fund will also benefit from Manitoba government and Carolyn Sifton Foundation’s stretch commitments.

“The Winnipeg Foundation’s strategic support for charities includes this type of capacity-building grant; to help organizations meet long-term objectives. Establishing permanent endowments for Winnipeg-based heritage associations will provide ongoing support to our city’s vital heritage sector,” says Rick Frost, CEO, The Winnipeg Foundation.


Members Receive Funds

Congratulations to all of our members who qualified to receive funds through Manitoba 150!


AMM Awards Program


Susanne Wastle & Colleen Kruchak accepting an Award of Merit from Randy James (photo by Pierrette Boily)

Alanna Horejda accepting an Award of Excellence on behalf of the Transcona Museum from Randy James (photo by Pierrette Boily)

Alexandra Kroeger, Jenna Klassen and Andrea Dyck accepting an Award of Excellence on behalf of the Mennonite Heritage Village from Randy James (photo by Pierrette Boily)

Monique Brandt presenting Rachael Erickson with an Award of Merit


More on the award recipients:


Previous winners:


The goal of 150 for 150 is to celebrate both Canada’s 150th in 2017 and Manitoba’s in 2020.
The concept for the 150 for 150 Project is to bring together 150 artifacts from 150 museums marking Canada's and Manitoba's sesquicentennials. The project will allow small community museums to reach a far greater audience than possible on their own.
The initial plan for the project was to host a large traveling exhibition, however we have been unable to obtain the necessary funding for such an exhibition, at this time. We are still working towards an exhibition - a web exhibition that we will be unveiling at this year's conference (September 20 - 22, 2018 at the Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach).

If you want to be included you have to get your submissions in as soon as possible as the site has to be ready to go by mid-August. We will guarantee that at least one artifact from every museum that participates will be included.
A big thank-you goes out to all of our members who have already submitted artifacts for the project. We have already heard from many museums including some of our smallest museums to our largest, rural and urban, and from every region in Manitoba.
When choosing your artifacts think about what connects your community to Manitoba? What special stories do you have to share? Which artifacts that tell your unique story? You can select whatever type of artifact you wish. All we ask is a connection to Manitoba.
How to participate

  • Please select three objects from your collection for consideration. By having three artifacts to choose from the curators will have more options to create a complete picture. If your museum is really struggling to select three artifacts then please still submit your form with one or two artifact ideas.
  • Your artifact(s) does not have to have a connection to Confederation or to Manitoba becoming a province. In fact we plan to feature artifacts from numerous time periods, including thousands of years ago to almost present day.
  • Complete and submit the Submission Forms. The form will ask for a description of the artifacts, why you selected those particular artifacts and how you came to that decision. The submission form will also ask for the weight, size, condition in case a traveling exhibit can be put together in the future.

Here are some of the amazing artifacts that have already been submitted for consideration:

  • Manitoba Children’s Museum, Winnipeg – An elf from the Eaton’s Fairytale Vignettes. The artifact is an elf similar to the ones showcased in The Elves and the Shoemaker from the Eaton’s Fairytale Vignettes.
  • Sam Waller Museum, The Pas - New Testament Bible translated into the Cree language. It was translated by Rev. John Horden and published in England in 1876.
  • Aquatic Hall of Fame & Museum of Canada, Winnipeg - Triple Baptism for the Pan Am Pool. Water bottles which contained water from the Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic oceans that were used to “baptize” the Pan Am Pool.
  • Sipiweske Museum, Wawanesa – Pages torn from a List of Registered Electors in the electoral division of South Brandon. Pages include 22 men’s names but no women.

Click HERE for submission forms.

For more information please contact:

Matthew Komus 
Monique Brandt 204-947-1782, 1-866-747-9323 (toll-free, outside Winnipeg)

7TH Annual Trivia Night fundraiser!

This extremely fun and successful fundraiser was held on March 19, 2016 at the Manitoba Children's Museum (45 Forks Market Road, Winnipeg).

The winners for 2016!


The Odds & Sods - Winners in 2014 and 2015

A few pictures from previous years


We do draw a crowd                                    Meeting the competition              Noodle fight!




The Association of Manitoba Museums acknowledges that we are on Treaty 1 territory and the land on which we gather is the traditional territory of Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.