Association of Manitoba Museums

Current Course Calendar

Certificate Program in Museum Practice


Museums & the Community

It has been an age-old and ongoing challenge for museums to evolve and compete for the attention of visitors and residents alike. More than ever before, museums must find a way to be relevant in a society focused on technology and entertainment. Museums must actively seek out and work with a broad network of community partners in order to appeal to new audiences and to ensure the long-term sustainability of the collections and stories they preserve. This course will help you define your museum’s role in the community and give you ideas for finding new partnerships that can make your museum an invaluable community service provider.

Topics will include:
•    History and Philosophy of Museums
•    Responding to a Changing Society
•    Understanding Community
•    Role of Museums for the Future
•    Partnerships between Museums and Community
All museum staff, volunteers, and board members involved with a museum would benefit from taking this course.

Date: January 10 & 11, 2020
Location: Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum (Brandon)
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days
Instructor:    Jo Bunka, Winnipegosis Museum

This course is limited to 20 participants



Organizing & Managing Museums

With Organizing and Managing Museums you’ll develop knowledge and understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a non-profit board based on the foundations of public trust and learn how to manage your museum in the areas of:

a) Decision-making and the need to work towards common goals and objectives
b) Policy writing
c) Risk management
d) Strategic planning
e) Operating environment of non-profit organizations, such as museums, including addressing issues of accountability, continued organizational viability, and maintaining involvement of the local community

This course would benefit all museum staff, volunteers, and board members who are interested in the day-to-day, year-to-year, running of their museum.

Date:  November 22, 2019
Location:  Mennonite Heritage Village (Steinbach)
Time:  9:00 – 5:00.
Instructors:  Andrea Reichert, Manitoba Crafts Museum & Library, and Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Museum
Alanna Horejda, Transcona Museum

The course is limited to 20 participants.



The Museum Facility

October 4 & 5, 2019, Christ Church (Selkirk)

If you have a museum you have a facility that needs to be taken care of the same as your collections do. Your museum needs regular maintenance and attention, just like your house, in order for it to continue to do its job housing your collections and welcoming visitors.

The learning objectives for this course include:
•    Knowledge and understanding of the care and maintenance of the museum facility.
•    Knowledge of the research and documentation of the museum structure.
•    Identify the building systems integral to the safe and comfortable operation of the museum structure.
•    Understand the basics of museum development in relation to the museum’s mission and goals.
•    Overview knowledge of the areas of responsibility and activities involved in managing a facility.
•    Critical thinking skills in assessing the museum’s physical accessibility and planning for future change.

Click HERE for more information or to register*

Fees: (see below)

*Please note there is a discount if a museum registers two participants for the same course.
Provide PO#, if required, upon registration.

Registration deadline: September 23, 2019

Specialized Courses

Mount Making - CCI: April 16 & 17, 2019, Parks Canada (145 McDermot Ave.), Winnipeg

A properly displayed object shows off its attributes, while not putting it at risk of damage.

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • understand and explain why mounts are important and how best they can be designed and tailored to fully protect and support objects
  • choose appropriate materials, tools and techniques for making support mounts
  • make safe and accurate measurements of museum objects using appropriate tools
  • recognize, design and produce safe, efficient mounts

Each participant is expected to produce one to three mounts during the workshop, depending on experience and on the complexity of their project(s). The workshop ends with a round-table review of the mounts created during the workshop.

Fees: (see below)

Registration Deadline: March 29, 2019 - This course is now full and additional registrations will be put on a wait list.

Click HERE to register or email the AMM office at programs(at)museumsmanitoba(dot)com.




Training Calender

November 2018 to September 2021

Please contact the AMM office in case changes have been made.

Professional Development Grants:

The Canadian Museums Association offers grants to AMM members attending courses. Applications should be submitted to the CMA four weeks in advance of the course. Information and Application forms are available on the CMA website.

The Winnipeg Foundation also offers grants for Professional Development.

Course Fees

Please note that course registration fees are subject to change.

Member rates:
One day course
   $125 for the first registration
  * $110 for second participant from the same institution

Two day course
   $180 for the first registration
  * $150 for second participant from the same institution

* It is up to the institution to register participants together so the discount may be applied. Individual registrations will be invoiced for the full fee.

Non-member rates:
One day course

Two day course

Courses are limited to 20 participants unless otherwise stated.

If you require a PO# please provide it with your registration.

*subject to change

Certificate Program in Museum Practice

These seven basic-level courses are designed to help museum staff, volunteers, and board members with the day-to-day running of their museums and to be the best stewards of Manitoba’s heritage that they can be. Some courses are one day, others are two.

Course Descriptions.


Collections Care and Preventive Conservation

November 2016, Eastern Region

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Exhibit Design

February 2017, Western Region


Museums & Education

May 2017, Interlake region


The Museum Facility

June 2017, Western Region

 Specialized Courses

 Specialized courses have been developed, or brought in, by the AMM to address specific, demonstrated needs of our museum members.


Display Cases

October 18 & 19, 2016

New Iceland Heritage Museum, Gimli

Display cases, if well designed, can be used to control the environmental conditions for valuable and vulnerable collections, and can help reduce the risks of damage (e.g. from light, climate, theft and vandalism) when objects are on display. For designers, they provide the opportunity to highlight particular objects and to tell a story. 

Visit the CCI website for the course description.

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Download Offline Application

Start Date: 2015-11-25
End Date: 2016-03-29