It is the largest museum in Winnipeg that focuses on human and natural heritage. It has a dome structure that seats beside the concert hall. What you can see inside are collection of treasures from around the world. There are collections about both human and natural history. There's also a gallery of the ancient sea and a 17th century ship that you can explore. In the urban gallery, seems like I was teleported back in time. I also love the re-creation of the early bison hunt. Some other things are the science gallery and Planetarium.
The museum exhibits are primarily focused on Manitoban natural history and cultural development, though occasionally other cultures and geographical regions are discussed. I really enjoyed this museum, one of the best I've been to. It was very well designed so that we didn't have to back-track at all. Also, I really liked how, instead of the conventional division into a "natural history" section and "cultural" section, the two were seamlessly blended together, emphasising the connection between humanity and nature.
The museum is great for kids. The Science Gallery is interactive, educational, and fun (for the adults too!). We didn't go to the Planetarium, but the shows seemed interesting, particularly for kids.
Winter hours are fairly short. It was open 11-5 when we went and we spent 11-4 in the exhibits area and one hour in the Science Gallery, but we skimmed through some sections of the exhibits. If you read through all the information, then the exhibits themselves could easily take the full 6 hours. Alternatively, if you mostly look, but do not read, then it can be seen in a couple hours. I'm assuming summer hours are longer.
All information, including map and description of exhibits, and Planetarium shows and showtimes can be found on the museum website.
If you pack a lunch, there are facilities outside of the exhibits area where you can eat.
The Museum of Man and Nature is the best place to see the natural and cultural history of Manitoba. Displays are large, there are lots of panoramas which have good audios (I remember the forest fire burning). The museum includes the Nonsuch (the whole ship!), a train station, dioramas like the Plains Aboriginals (see photo) or Boreal Forest (the walk-through diorama is engrossing), dinasours, etc. etc.
Price in 2005 is between $6.50 and $8 per person.
Winnipeg's museum complex includes the Museum of Man and Nature, an interactive Science Centre (great for young'uns) and the Planetarium.
The Museum is old and boring to me, as I have been there several times, but will be very interesting to someone who hasn't seen it before. It is comprised of several sections, one of which has a huge ship you can walk around in and another which has an early town you can check out, with a movie theatre, a dentist's, a druggist, etc.
The Science Centre has all sorts of interactive Science-related activities. Kids will love it!
The planetarium has shows about space and the like. There are shows for kids and also shows for older people.
All of these attractions cost a few bucks to get into. If you want to spend some more money, there is a gift shop selling various items on the main floor.
The Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature is Manitoba's largest heritage centre, unique in North America in its combined human and natural history themes, multi-dimensional interpretation, science, astronomy and education, and in the scope and quality of community programs.