Explore the Past
Explore Brandon’s museums to immerse yourself in the local, regional, and national storylines that helped to shape the city. Brandon’s museums offer something for everyone!
26th Field Regiment RC/XII Manitoba Dragoons Museum
1116 Victoria Ave, Brandon Map
Hosted on the main floor of the historic Brandon Armoury, this military museum exhibits a variety of artifacts, memorabilia and archives. Admission is free and the Brandon Armoury and Museum are wheelchair accessible.
Brandon General Museum & Archives
19 ‑ 9th Street, Brandon Map
Located in the heart of Brandon’s heritage-rich downtown hub, the BGMA is dedicated to the preservation of the city’s history. The BGMA is home to the BJ Hales Natural History Collection (Taxidermy Gallery), original city council chamber furniture, and an extensive archives with items dating back to Brandon’s origins. With two large galleries housing rotating exhibits throughout the year, there’s always something new to see and explore here!
Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum
300 Commonwealth Way, Brandon Map
Visit Canada’s only air museum dedicated solely to those who trained and fought for the British Commonwealth during World War II. This Royal Canadian Air Force training site showcases aircrafts, artifacts, memorabilia and special exhibits. This national historic site is a designated Manitoba signature museum, and is engaging for all ages from the young families who enjoy the interactive aircraft exhibit found inside Hangar 1 to the international travellers and history buffs immersing themselves in Canada’s unique military history.
Daly House Museum
122 - 18th Street, Brandon Map
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 furnishings from the 1880s to the 1890s. 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 also available for weddings and other events.
Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame Gallery
1175 - 18th Street, Brandon Map
Dedicated to 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.
N-118 Patricia Road, CFB Shilo Map
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 permanent galleries. Remember the contribution of the Canadian Gunner through interactive exhibits and audio presentation with 30 artillery pieces going back to the 18th century, and vehicles from WWII 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.
Shady Lane Team Room & Catering - Doll Museum
Highway #1, Brandon Map
The Doll Museum located at Shady Lane Tea Room & Catering offers 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. Don’t miss the attached gift shop and restaurant!
The RCAF WWII Memorial
300 Commonwealth Way, Brandon Map
Directions: At the site of the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum.
The CATPM 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 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. It serves as a lasting recognition of the ultimate sacrifice made by those who trained in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.
Main Image Credit: Brenna Holeman