Province/Territory: Manitoba

Take a special tour through the world's first museum dedicated to the evolution, celebration and future of human rights.

  • 100 metre tall Tower of Hope rising above the city
  • 12 enlightening and inspiring galleries
  • 800 metres of luminous alabaster ramps leading from darkness into light

Encounter a 750-year-old footprint and consider the state of human rights at that time. Be inspired by a 12-year-old child labour activist who founded a charity and built hundreds of schools worldwide. Appreciate 14,000 hand-formed clay pieces bearing an artist’s collective stories. Take a seat in a movie theatre just as Viola Desmond of Nova Scotia did to challenge racial segregation, changing the country. Learn about youngsters separated from their parents to escape the Holocaust. Move up towards the light along a maze of luminous alabaster ramps - criss-crossed to illustrate that the road to human rights is not a straight one. Relax over a gourmet lunch and share a conversation about this unique Museum’s theme that is more about ideas than artefacts. Understand the structure’s symbolic architecture from its “roots” grounded in the historic Forks, rising into a “mountain” of limestone shrouded in a glass “cloud” resembling a dove’s wings and soaring above it all, the shining Israel Asper Tower of Hope. Take home a Little Box of Rocks containing some of the Museum's deliberately-selected elements to keep the discussion of human rights alive.

Why you should visit
  • Moving from darkness into light and back into darkness along 800 metres of glowing, criss-cross ramps of alabaster, a rock once used by Greeks and Romans to make vessels holding healing potions.
  • Experiencing the Museum's symbolic architecture from its four sturdy, stylized “roots” anchoring it into The Forks, a First Nations’ meeting place for more than 6,000 years, to its “cloud” of more than a thousand uniquely-shaped glass panels resembling the embracing wings of a dove, and the soaring glass tower glowing like a beacon of hope.
  • Reflecting in the 650-square-metre Stuart Clark Garden of Contemplation built entirely of black basalt rock in hexagonal columns around pools of water.
  • Savouring a creative, farm-fresh, locally-sourced  luncheon in a dramatic space within the Museum, catered by the award-winning on site ERA Bistro.
  • Gaining a greater understanding of human rights by discussing the experience with your interpretive guide and other guests.
  • Taking home a limited edition Little Box of Rocks containing some of the deliberately-selected elements that make up this unique Museum in order to keep the discussion of human rights alive.

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Visitor information
  • Rates and dates
  • The Museum is wheelchair accessible.
  • Tours are offered in French and English.
  • The Museum offers free admission to Aboriginal peoples, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis. Please bring identification. Does not apply to special programs, tours or annual memberships.
  • A self-guided audio tour is also available on the Museum’s award-winning mobile app.
When to go
  • The Museum is open year round with special exhibitions throughout the year.
Need to know
  • The Exploring a Canadian Landmark Tour accommodates from 6 to 24 visitors and can take place any day of the week that the Museum is open.
  • Expect to spend a half day on the experience, including lunch.
  • Book the tour at least five business days in advance.
  • The onsite Boutique features quality ethically sourced, often fair-trade products, often connected to the Museum's theme and exhibitions.
Getting Here
  • The Museum is easily located adjacent to The Forks at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers in Winnipeg.
  • The CMHR is accessible by bus or via a 12-minute walk from downtown.
  • Public parking is available at metered lots around the Museum.