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Rights museum faces delays getting ready for general public

People get their first glimpse of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Global News

WINNIPEG – The long-awaited Canadian Museum for Human Rights will make us wait a bit longer.

Officials announced Wednesday that only five of the museum’s 11 galleries will be ready for viewing when the $351-million facility in Winnipeg opens to the general public Saturday.

“Our intent was to open all of our galleries for visitors on Sept. 27,” CMHR president and CEO Stuart Murray is quoted in a news release. “While we aren’t able to do that, we are able to offer customized, guided tours.”

The remainder of the galleries are now expected to be open Nov. 11.

In the meantime, the museum is offering cut-rate admission: $10 for adults, $5 for kids age seven to 17 and free for children under seven. There will be guided tours of the five open galleries and the building itself.

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The museum at the Forks held its glitzy grand opening as planned Sept. 19, but put only four of its galleries on display for invited guests and 9,000 people who had free tickets to a “sneak preview” that weekend.

Since then the museum has been closed while staff scramble to get the remainder of the exhibits ready for viewing.

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