Tours through the Dalnavert Museum take about 45 minutes to an hour. Guides are happy to adapt the duration of their tours for visitors.
Dalnavert Museum and Visitors' Centre is at 61 Carlton Street. Visitors must be supervised by a staff member or volunteer while in the house.
Audio Tour: A Day in the Life...
Dalnavert Museum Audio Tour Now Available
It’s July 22, 1896, and Dalnavert, the elegant Carlton Street home of of Sir Hugh John Macdonald, is buzzing. Lady Macdonald is enlisting a friend to help plan the debut of her step-daughter, Daisy, now back home from studying in England. Everyone who is anyone in Winnipeg society will be invited. Sir Charles and Lady Tupper drop in for a visit. Below stairs, Minnie, the cook, is training the new maid, Millie — and rapidly losing patience.
More than a tour: it's an audio play that allows visitors to immerse in life as it was once lived at Dalnavert Museum. The play takes place over the course of a summer day, letting visitors experience a day in the life of the family and their servants. Visitors learn about the family, their lifestyles and attitudes, and also about the architecture of the home.
Tour length is 50 minutes
OUR Victorian garden
Dalnavert Museum and Visitors' Centre's Victorian garden surrounds the house. During the spring and summer, volunteer gardeners constantly tend to the flowers, bushes, and herbs. The garden is a heritage garden, celebrating the Victorian and Edwardian time periods. All of the plants in it are native to Manitoba or were imported to the province at the time the Macdonalds lived here. Visitors walking by are welcome to walk the grounds, snap a picture, and ask the volunteers gardeners or staff about the garden. Every flower has a story to share.
Spring & Summer
Wednesday to Friday:
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
(10:00 to 4:00 in summer call ahead)
Saturday to Sunday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Autumn & Winter
Wednesday to Sunday
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
*10 or more
Free visitor parking is available in our parking lot located to the left of the Visitors' Centre.
Due to its historic nature, the second and third floors of the museum are not wheelchair accessible. Guests with mobility concerns can enjoy the Visitors' Centre and first floor of the house.