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Le Musee de Saint-Boniface Museum

Neighborhood: Central St. Boniface
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Address: 494 Tache Ave, Winnipeg, Manitoba R2H 2B2, Canada
Phone Number: 12042374500
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: The Grey Nuns' convent, Winnipeg's oldest building, houses Le Musée de...
The Grey Nuns' convent, Winnipeg's oldest building, houses Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum. Built for the Grey Nuns who arrived in the Red River Colony in 1844, the structure is an outstanding example of Red River frame construction. The Museum presents an impressive collection of artifacts that reveal the lives and culture of the Francophone and Métis communities of Manitoba, including a special exhibit about Louis Riel, the "father" of Manitoba.
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Some of Canada's Most Interesting History Resides Here

Those of us with Metis roots appreciate the resurgence of interest in a patriot such as Louis Riel. The Museum serves that purpose but there is so much more. Here one can find the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Those of us with Metis roots appreciate the resurgence of interest in a patriot such as Louis Riel. The Museum serves that purpose but there is so much more. Here one can find the roots of the movement of colonization and its accompanying religious passion in the artifacts and historic record set forth in the Museum. The miniature hymnals and... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum in the former convent run by the Grey Sisters, is located in the oldest building in Winnipeg. There are a great deal of items of local interest with a special connection to Louis Riel, the founding father of Manitoba. Designated as a National Historic Site in 1958, the museum has a permanent Riel exhibit with... More 

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Thank you for your review! We're very glad to hear that you've enjoyed your visit, and hope to see you in the future so that you can enjoy new exhibits currently in development. More 

North Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

A great place to learn more about the permanent French settlement at St Boniface. The church looms large, and the museum itself is a convent built originally in the 1840's. Unique artifacts from Louis Riel and his family (his grave is just a block away). Metis culture is explored as well as the fur trade, agriculture, First Nations, and more.... More 

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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

What a great museum!! The staff are very helpful they have guide to explain the most important ; . Lou O' Riel's life , the grey nuns and more. It is to good to know the history about this museum. I realized the importance after I visited this place. I encourage each one to go you will not fill disappointed.

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Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

nice folks, lots of exhibits, small place but packed with info and exhibits, nice gift shop, a bit over priced but still reasonable...no cafe that I saw...the grey nuns used to live there in old red river days...first major building I think...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

This is a nice museum that explains very well the life of Louis Riel and his impact on the province and on the rights of Metis people. Well worth the visit. Nice displays. It was also nice to see the schools visiting the museum and practising some ancient labors and chores.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Big history fan, grew up in Winnipeg, live USA, not a French Canadian but love the culture and influence that Louis Riel had on this area. Cathedral next door and Riel grave. If at forks on West side of Red you could walk over bridge, good walk. You have arrived when Stop signs say Arret!

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ATLANTA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

This quaint museum has a lot to see! It describes a portion of Canadian history that is very helpful to understand as one explores Canada.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

What can I say? I love history museums and this one did not disappoint. Very thorough on the French-Canadian Catholic heritage in Winnipeg and a must see prior to visiting the tomb of Louis Riel just next door in the church cemetery.

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London, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Recently I visited this museum, and it was really good. Lots of artifacts, especially from that area of Winnipeg. I haven't been here since I was a child, but it was fun. I especially like the church area in the building, and artifacts from its previous life. The only thing I could critique about this museum is the price of... More 

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