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Brandon's Museums are not all about history... they are also about culture, heritage and adventure.

 

26th Field Regiment RCA/ XII Manitoba Dragoons Museum

11th Street and Victoria Avenue

Hosted on the main floor of the historical Brandon Armoury, this military museum exhibits a variety of military artifacts, memorabilia and archives. Admission is free and the Brandon Armoury and Museum are wheelchair accessible. For more information please visit www.12mbdragoons.com or www.26fdregmuseum.com or call 204- 717- 4579.

 

Brandon General Museum and Archives

19- 9th Street

Located in the heart of Brandon’s heritage rich Down Town Hub, and housed in the former Manitoba Telephone Service building, the BGMA is the newest museum in Brandon that is dedicated to the preservation of the City’s history. The BGMA is home to the original mayor and council chamber furniture, the B.J. Hales Collection of Natural History and various other items. There is always something new to see in the museum’s gallery space! For more information please visit www.brandongeneralmuseum.ca or call 204- 717- 1514.

 

Carousels and Dolls, Doll Museum

Highway #1

The Caroussels and Dolls Museum offer the largest collections of modern and reproduction dolls in the prairie region, as well as a large collection of 20th century dolls and early Barbie favourites. Commission dolls as wells as restoration and costuming for you own precious doll is also available. Open to groups, bus tours and is wheelchair accessible, don’t miss the attached gift shop and restaurant! For more information please call 204- 728- 1245.

 

Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum

Highway #10, Hangar 1

Visit Canada’s only Air Museum dedicated solely to those who trained and fought for the British Commonwealth during the 1939-1945 War. Explore this World War II Royal Canadian Air Force Training Site that showcases aircrafts, artifacts, memorabilia and special exhibits. This National Historic Site is one of only seven designated Manitoba Signature Museums, and is engaging for all ages; from the young families who enjoy the interactive aircraft exhibit found inside hangar 1, to international travellers and history buffs immersing themselves in Canada’s unique military history. School groups and bus tours are always welcome! The museum also hosts events throughout the year in partnership with the Brandon Flight Centre. For more information please visit www.airmuseum.ca or call 204- 727- 2444.

 

The R.C.A.F WWII Memorial

Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum

The Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum is home to a national memorial that commemorates the approximately 19,000 lives lost in the Second World War. The memorial includes a 91-metre black granite wall with 64 granite plaques inscribed with the names of Canadians who died while serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force, along with the names of Commonwealth members who died in or near Canada. At the far end stands a 2.6-metre bronze airman in training overlooking the wall. It serves as lasting recognition of the ultimate sacrifice made by those who trained in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. For more information please visit www.airmuseum.ca or call 204- 727- 2444.

 

Daly House Museum

122- 18th Street

Enjoy a guided tour through the municipal heritage site and original home of Brandon’s first mayor, Thomas Mayne Daly. This upper middle-class home displays furnishing from the 1880’s to the 1890’s. The museum also contains a turn of the century grocery store and the Magnacca Research Centre. While visiting the museum enjoy a stroll through our beautiful Victorian Garden. This elegant green space is available for weddings and other events. For more information please visit www.dalyhousemuseum.ca or call 204- 727- 1722.

 

Manitoba Ag Hall of Fame

1175- 18th Street

Dedicated to formally and publicly recognizing individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the betterment of agriculture and rural living in Manitoba. Those inducted are recognized with a plaque hung in the Hall of Fame. More than 165 Manitobans have been recognized since the Hall of Fame was established in 1976. For more information please visit www.manitobaaghalloffame.com or call 204- 832- 1390.

 

The RCA Museum

Building N-118, Patricia Road, CFB Shilo
15 minutes from Brandon along Veteran's Way

The RCA Museum is Canada's award- winning National Artillery Museum, a Manitoba Star Attraction, and one of the largest military museums in the country. Explore Canada's unique military heritage through the story of Canada's artillery regiment. Experience its technology, art and culture throughout the museum's five permnent galleries. Remember the contribution of the Canadian Gunner through interactive exhibits and audio presentations with 30 artillery pieces going back to the 18th century, and vehicles from WWll to present. Temporary exhibits ensure that visitors see something new each time they visit. An outdoor Gun Park features 40 artillery pieces and vehicles, a picnic area and ample RV parking. For more information please visit www.rcamuseum.com or call 204- 765- 3000 ext. 3570.

 

Guided Tours

Sunday Nature Walks

Every Sunday, January - May (weather dependant)

Assiniboine Food Forest

Naturalist Dave Barnes leads guided nature walks on the food forest trail system that last 60-90 minutes. With over 20 km of trail to choose from, participants get access to the natural wonders of Brandon's east end, where huge tracts of river bottom forest remain relatively untouched. The Nature Walks depart from the neighbouring Crow's General Store (33 - 17th Street East) where plenty of parking can be found, and visitors can enjoy a hot beverage or an ice-cream afterwards! No admission. Donations are kindly accepted!

assiniboinefoodforest.ca

204-728-6278

 

Maple Syrup Tours

Early April (Date TBA)

Treesblood Farm

Visit Brandon's only working sugar shack, go on a guided tour of the sugar bush, and learn first hand how this traditional Canadian delicacy is produced! Following the one-hour tour, participants are welcome to stay and roast hotdogs around the bonfire or enjoy pancakes with fresh-made Treesblood farm maple syrup! Pre-book for this tour in March by keeping up with the Food Forest online.

assiniboinefoodforest.ca

 

Purple Martin Tours

Every Sunday, June-July (weather dependant)

Riverbank Discovery Centre

Join local naturalist Dave Barnes at the Riverbank Discovery Centre for a tour of the Purple Martin Sanctuary! Every week, the Sabctuary Management team lowers the housing to conduct scientific checks, giving participants of all ages a special glimpse inside! Don't miss the Purple Martin Cam broadcasting inside the Discovery Centre all summer long! No admission. Donations are kindly accepted!

riverbank.mb.ca

204-729-2141

 

Gossip in the Graveyard

June 2 & 3

This event has proven to be a hit with local residents and visitors from across Canada. This lively two hour interactive walking tour provides an opportunity for visitors take a step back in time and "meet" the colorful and inspiring individuals who have helped in shaping the Brandon we know today. The characters of Brandon's past will literally come alive to tell their tales and offer some juicy bits of gossip to those plucky participants who venture through their hallowed resting grounds.

brockiedonovan.com

 

Self Guided Tours

Brandon Residential Walking Tour

A neighbourhood is a dynamic place; far more than just a collection of structures that shelter local residents. A neighbourhood has a history, and a natural and politcal enviroment; it exhibits socio-economic disparity and cultural depth. The Residential Walking Tour narrates much of this for its readers as they follow along the path set out in the guide. The tour explores the neighbourhood bordered by 10th & 18th Streets between Rosser and Victoria Avenues, excluding the commercial districts. The tour approximates 4.2 km centering around downtown's Stanley Park. Guides can be purchased at the Riverbank Discovery Centre or Daly House Museum for under $5, and can be enjoyed at any time weather permits.

 

Open Gardens

July 7 & 8

This one-day self guided tour event takes visitors through Brandon's most breath taking gardens, both public and private. Garden tours may also include local artists and musicians to provide an even brighter ambience!

brandoninbloom.ca

 

Doors Open

July 21 & 22

heritage buildings are the cultural artifacts that surround us. Like all artifacts, theyr eveal something about our society and our history, and remain tangible evidence of our past. These buildings define our living spaces and are a part of our everyday lives. The "Doors Open" event captures our imagination by giving us the opportunity to explore these spaces and to discover the history-and the secrets-that they hold.

heritagebrandon.ca

 

 

 

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