May 12, 2014 8:27 am

Museums celebrate Manitoba Day

Winnipeg's Main Street wasn't much more than a cart track in 1870, the year Manitoba became Canada's fifth province.

W. Rowe Lewis / Courtesy of Archives of Manitoba

WINNIPEG – Manitoba Day is being marked by special exhibits and free entry at some museums in the province on Monday.

Manitoba Day is the anniversary of the day the Manitoba Act, which created the province, received Royal Assent – May 12, 1870.

In Winnipeg, the Western Canada Aviation Museum is offering a special walking tour at 2 p.m. that features epic Manitoba flights and inventions. There’s also a self-guided Manitoba scavenger hunt all month. The museum is in Hangar T-2 at 958 Ferry Road in Winnipeg.

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For those interested in the province’s French roots, the St. Boniface Museum features the province’s earlier history with a self-guided tour for families in both French and English. Visitors will learn about Manitoba symbols such as the bison, beaver, prairie crocus, Red River cart and the provincial flag, and have a chance to design their own flag to take home. The museum is located at 494 Taché Ave.

The Archives of Manitoba will have the media launch of their exhibit At Home and Away: Remembering the First World War through records at the Archives of Manitoba on Monday. The archives also launched a blog featuring records from the time of the First World War on the archives website on Monday. The exhibit at the building at 200 Vaughan St. will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting May 13.

In Brandon, the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum is hosting a free open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Brandon airport.

The Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach will have a short program about Manitoba Day, including speeches by dignitaries, a flag-raising ceremony, birthday cake and juice. The village-style museum is on Highway 12 just north of Steinbach.

The New Iceland Heritage Museum in Gimli will have free admission all day Monday with the opening of Iceland Rocks, which showcases a collection of rocks and minerals from Iceland. The museum is at 108-94 First Avenue in Gimli.

The Manitoba Agricultural Museum in Austin has free admission and an opening ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday to mark Manitoba Day. It’s located at the junction of the Trans-Canada Highway and Highway 34.

The Sagkeeng First Nation will celebrate the grand opening of its Heritage Centre on Monday with the help of the Manitoba Archaeological Society and the Manitoba Museum.

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