Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

We strive to build understanding, promote respect and encourage reflection.

Welcome to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the early 21st-century museum that focuses on Canadian and International human rights issues. The museum is housed in a landmark building designed by Antoine Predock with a cutting edge design featuring curving lines and bold geometry, the striking glass exterior sometimes called the 'glass cloud' made of 1,335 custom pieces of glass.

This is 'the only museum entirely devoted to human rights for all', first established in 2000 by philanthropist Israel Asper. The museum wants to convey the idea that respect and understanding of human rights can act as a positive catalyst for change throughout the world. Even the location of the museum is meaningful, the location adjacent to The Forks where the Red and Assiniboine Rivers meet, the same spot that indigenous people have been meeting for 'peacemaking, dialogue, and trade' for hundreds of years.

During your visit to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights your group will be exploring various changing exhibits that tell the unique story of human rights. There are 10 core galleries within the museum, some of them including Indigenous Perspectives, Canadian Journeys, Turning Points of Humanity, and Action Counts. The galleries tell their various stories through interactive presentations, multimedia technology, and world-class design.

Take a self-guided tour of the various exhibits or a guided tour, with several different options such as the Exploring the Galleries tour (60-90 minutes) and the Discovering the Building Tour (60 minutes).

Save some time to stop and dine at ERA Bistro during your museum visit, this onsite eatery offering a wide variety of foods. Grab a plate of poutine to snack on, enjoy a more complete meal such as arctic char or sit down for some sweet and spicy chicken stir fry!


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