Explore the Past

At sunset, a bird rests on a nesting box along the Assiniboine riverbank.

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!

Exterior of the Brandon Armoury, Brandon, Manitoba

26th Field Regiment RC/XII Manitoba Dragoons Museum

1116 Victoria Ave, Brandon  Map
Phone: 204-727-7691

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.


Animals on display from the BJ Hales Natural History Collection at the Brandon General Museum, Brandon, Manitoba

Brandon General Museum & Archives

19 ‑ 9th Street, Brandon  Map
Phone: 204-717-1514

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!


Main hangar at the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum, Brandon, Manitoba

Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum

300 Commonwealth Way, Brandon  Map
Phone: 204-727-2444

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.


Two women view the flowers in the Victorian Garden at Daly House Museum, Brandon, Manitoba

Daly House Museum

122 - 18th Street, Brandon  Map
Phone: 204-727-1722

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
Phone: 204-832-1390

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.


Tanks display in the outdoor Gun Park at the RCA Museum at CFB Shilo, Manitoba

RCA Museum

N-118 Patricia Road, CFB Shilo  Map
Phone: 204-765-3000

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 Tea Room & Catering - Doll Museum, Brandon, Manitoba

Shady Lane Team Room & Catering - Doll Museum

Highway #1, Brandon  Map
Phone: 204-728-1245

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 World War 2 Memorial at Brandon, Manitoba, is silhouetted against a late sunset sky

The RCAF WWII Memorial

300 Commonwealth Way, Brandon  Map
Directions: At the site of the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum.
Phone: 204-727-2444

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