Association of Manitoba Museums

Annual Conference

Conference 2021

Plans are being made. Stay tuned!

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Conference 2020

COVID made having our usual annual conference impossible, so instead we were pleased to participate in the first ever Manitoba Heritage Summit with the other Provincial Heritage Associations in the province: Association for Manitoba Archives, Heritage Winnipeg, Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada, La Société historique de Saint-Boniface, Manitoba Archaeological Society, Manitoba Genealogical Society, Manitoba Historical Society.

We are exploring options for a virtual conference in 2021.

Thank you to our delegates, donors, supporters and advertisers for making this another successful conference!

Thank you also to the hard work of the volunters from the Selkirk Municipal Heriage Advisory Committee, the City of Selkirk, and Morgan Grace Music for serenading us at the Awards Banquet.




The AMM awards were handed out during the Awards Banquet to the Anola & District Museum, Mennonite Heritage Village, The Manitoba Museum and the Transcona Museum. Please visit the News & Events page for more information on these and past worthy recipients.

Grants/Bursaries Available

The Winnipeg Foundation and the Canadian Museums Association offer grants/bursaries to attend conferences and courses. Applications need to be made 4 to 6 weeks in advance.



Another excellent conference!

Thank you to our speakers, hosts and delegates for taking part.

If you didn't attend please look at the program to see what you missed: 2018 Conference Program

Hope to see you all again next year!


AMM Annual Conference

September 20 - 22, 2018

Mennonite Heritage Village, Steinbach

A conference is an excellent way to connect with your contempories from across the province to share ideas, problems and solutions.


Presentation, Boissevain 2016                                              Enjoying the banquet, Boissevain 2016

Click HERE to Register for the conference - NOW CLOSED!
This is a fillable PDF. Please contact us if you have any problems. There is also a tutorial video available on our Facebook page.

Confirmed speakers so far include:

  • Jane Dalley, Cultural StewardshipProgram
  • Dr. Rhonda Hinther, University of Brandon, Public History
  • Pam McKenzie, Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada
  • Heather Beerling, Parks Canada, Lower Fort Garry
  • Eric Hagan, Canadian Conservation Institute
  • Dr. Naomi Berger, Winnipeg Police Service
  • Andrea Reichert, Manitoba Craft Museum & Library, Manitoba Sport Hall of Fame & Museum
  • Julianna Roberts, New Iceland Heritage Museum
  • Sandra Chewka, Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada
  • Jennifer Maxwell, Transcona Historical Museum
  • Mary Alice Osborn, Seven Oaks House Museum
  • Dr. Gordon Goldsborough, University of Manitoba, author of Abandoned Manitoba
  • Heather Bidzinski, Canadian Museumn for Human Rights
  • Dr. Stephen Borys, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Lorne Roder, Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada

Conference 2018 Program , click HERE

Pre-Conference Workshop
Thursday, September 20


There will be a workshop from 1 - 3 at the Mennonite Heritage Village with The Winnipeg Foundation on the Province's Heritage Trust Program. There is NO CHARGE for this workshop, but we do require registration as space is limited.

Click HERE to register - CLOSED!


Opening Reception
Thursday, September 20

The Opening Reception will be held from 7 to 9 at the Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre, 304 Second Street, Steinbach.  This evening event is a great way to meet other delegates and speakers.

Opening Reception, Dalnavert Museum - 2012 Conference

Tradeshow & Sponsorships

Participating in the Conference Tradeshow as an Exhibitor, or as a Sponsor, is a great way to contact museum people from across Manitoba.


Tradeshow exhibitors, Gimli 2013

If you'd be interested in promoting your products and/or services feel free to check out the opportunities by clicking HERE.





Thank you to the over 70 Delegates, Speakers, Hosts, Donors and Sponsors for making this year's Conference another fabulous opportunity to learn and share.

Our Speakers came from museums big and small, from areas rural and urban, and even from outside of the museum world. Here was our line up of steller Speakers:

  • Andy Blicq, 4th Avenue Productions Inc.
  • Joseph Brown, Miami Museum
  • Shayne Campbell, Settlers, Rails and Trails
  • Peter Cantelon, Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre
  • Kathleen Christensen, RCA Museum
  • Jane Dalley, Cultural Stewardship Program
  • Rachel Erickson, Manitoba Museum
  • Colin Ferguson, Travel Manitoba
  • Kate Johnson, Department of Canadian Heritage
  • Vera Lemecha, Department of Canadian Heritage
  • Dr. Christopher Malcolm, University of Brandon
  • Dr. Jeremy Maron, Canadian Museum for Human Rights
  • Jennifer Maxwell, Transcona Museum
  • Eric Napier Strong, Seven Oaks Museum
  • Julia Peristerakis, Canadian Museum for Human Rights
  • Dr. Doug Ramsey, University of Brandon
  • Juliana Roberts, New Iceland Heritage Museum
  • Vanessa Warne, Friends of Dalnavert Museum


Click HERE for the Speakers' biographies.

Thank you to Our Donors

Thank you to Our Hosts

Thank you to Our Supporters


Pre-conference Workshop - The Kairos Blanket Exercise

Thursday, September 21
Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada

Our thanks to Instructors Adele Ledoux and Louise Landygo for putting on this workshop.

Here is what some participants had to say about the experience:

"The Kairos Blanket Exercise was very educational regarding our indigenous history as well as very impactful with the use of visual components and dolls."

"This experience would increase compassion and empathy between peoples in our country; educate, heal, and hopefully create an increase of love for one another. This is how reconciliation grows."

"It was a powerful method of story telling which created emotional and physical connections to the hidden history and systematic oppression of Indigenous people in Manitoba. It helped to connect the dots of a complicated history and has forever changed my perspective."

Click HERE to see the comments in their entirety.

Click HERE for more information regarding the Kairos Blanket Exercise.



AMM 2016 Conference

This year our conference was held in the lovely town of Boissevain from September 22 – 24.

The presenters were top notch and Boissevain’s museums, motel, economic development office and caterers helped make it one of the best conferences ever!

Session at the Royal Canadian Legion, Boissevain 2016

Dale Banman, Tourism and Economic Development Officer, invited us to hold our conference in Boissevain claiming the town had everything we needed. He was correct, we couldn’t have asked for anything more.

The Canadian Wilderness Inn provided affordable and comfy rooms along with a wonderful array of breakfast choices for delegates staying there.

Food for the conference was provided by several different caterers in Boissevain and the neighbouring town of Ninga. Our thanks go out to Boissevain Bakery, Reimer Corner Country Café, and Sawmill Tea and Coffee for providing such tasty tidbits.

One of the tasty items on the menu

The Goodon International Wildlife Museum / Moncur Gallery – Peoples of the Plains provided an interesting and welcoming venue for our Opening Reception. They took our pictures, cooked us bannock and served us delicious food and drink. The volunteers from Beckoning Hills Museum added a twist to the festivities as they invited delegates to participate in a game of What Is It?; a collection of 10 unusual items to test our collective knowledge. Our thanks to the many dedicated museum volunteers who did such a great job in welcoming us and breaking the ice.

Mayor of the Boissevain-Morton Municipality, Edward Anderson, graciously welcomed us on the first day of our conference, which was held at the Royal Canadian Legion.
Our Awards Banquet was held at the Interpretive Centre in the International Peace Garden and was arranged with Garry Enns, CEO. The Centre provided a lovely space and beautifully decorated tables. Sawmill Tea and Coffee, cooked up a delicious meal and the most scrumptious desserts imaginable.

We did not hold a live auction this year, but a few member museums and individuals donated some tempting items for a raffle.

Thanks to the hard work of those mentioned, the town of Boissevain and the Boissevain Chamber of Commerce, our conference ran seamlessly making our job so much easier and the delegates’ experience so much better.

Boissevain is a town we will definitely visit again.

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The AGM will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017 in Winnipeg as part of the Annual Conference.

There is no fee to attend the AGM, all are welcome to attend.


Sponsorship opportunities and the Tradeshow.

For information on how your business or organization can participate in this year's conference and help make it another big success.

These packages are in a fillable format, but you may have to open them with a different viewer. The option should appear on the top right of your screen

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.