Throughout the summer we are hosting 15 minute tours between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. for foodies who want to hear about Victorian etiquette, cooking, and menu items. A perfect getaway if you're working downtown and want to take a break from the office. The tour is pay-what-you-can (as in there's no set cost) and you can bring your own lunch from home, a food truck, or local restaurant and eat it on our veranda or on the grounds surrounded by our beautiful heritage garden.
Dalnavert is getting in the spirit of the Canada Summer Games with A Sporting Good Time, an exhibit featuring sports equipment, attire, tools, and more from the years between 1890 and 1930. Come check it out and get a tour of Dalnavert while you do. Thanks to The Costume Museum of Canada, and Transcona Museum for items on loan.
Why is a raven like a writing desk? It isn't, but you WILL find out the evolution of writing desks, and other writing tools through the ages with INÉS BONACOSSA, April 9th at 1:30pm. Pens, pencils, paper, papyrus, writing desks, ink, inkwells, seals, wax, and so much more! If you are into stationery and the development of our desire to put pen to paper, then this talk is for you!
June 22-30 (no show Mon & Tues)
7pm & 8:30pm nightly (TWO TOURS A NIGHT!)
Accessibility Video Tour available June 28,29,30th (please call for details)
Tickets are $15
Looking for a different conversation for Canada’s infamous Sesquicentennial?
This June, the Dalnavert Museum presents "Postcolonial Postcards" - part performance, part object theatre, part museum tour, part slide show, part installation!
Performances created by Ming Hon, Kevin Klassen, Frances Koncan, Jeanne Randolph, Charlene Van Buekenhout
Direction by Mia van Leeuwen
Lighting & Installations by Jaymez
Audiences will travel the delicate and exotically Victorian rooms and experience a snapshot-like-postcard-scene, overturning expectations of the local environment and disrupting the traditional narrative before moving on to the next room. Come and discover the delightful complications of Postcolonial Postcards. Wish you were here!
Presented by Dalnavert Museum with the generous support of The Winnipeg Foundation.
Join us for the Wildest Tea Party at Dalnavert! This is an afternoon tea with an Oscar Wilde theme. You will enjoy music, theatricals, and lovely Wilde-esque witticisms at this tea party in our gardens! This is a fun fundraiser for the museum, come dressed up or not, but come ready for a Wilde Party!
The Helen White Quartet
Scenes from "The Importance of Being Earnest"
Victorian Games & Prizes
Musica Poetica starts off the summer with a programme of music by various Baroque composers: some familiar, some not. Come join us for an intimate afternoon or evening in the little hall overlooking the Dalnavert Museum flower garden!
Nancy Hennen, baroque flute
Tatiana Friesen, baroque viola
Blair Burns, baroque cello
Carol Piller, harpsichord
Music by Telemann, Meder, Chelleri, and others
Heritage Winnipeg presents the annual Doors Open Winnipeg event, held on the last weekend of May each year. This FREE public event celebrates Winnipeg’s unique spaces, architecture, and history, showcasing more than 85 remarkable buildings, sites and tours.
Doors Open Winnipeg presents the public with a unique opportunity to explore buildings and take tours that may not be accessible the rest of the year. Since the first event in 2004, Doors Open Winnipeg has attracted more than 300,000 site visits, putting our incredible architecture, history, arts and culture on display. The 2016 event was one of our most successful year yet, with over 28,000 site visits over the weekend. - from Doors Open Website
Dalnavert Museum has won the Best Restoration Award two years in a row 2015/16. Come and see what it's all about. Refreshments will be offered to those who wait.
Perfectly nestled between Manitoba Day and Mother's Day, Mothers And Others is an afternoon tea and illustrative talk with Linda McDowell about the hard working women suffragists of Manitoba and North Dakota who fought for the rights of women and children.
May 13th, Saturday at 1:30pm
$12 includes the talk, tea, coffee and cake.
$15 SPECIAL MOTHER'S DAY RATE for Parent + Child Combo - No Age Limit (Mother + Daughter, Mother + Son, Father + Daughter, Father + Son)
Call 204-943-2835 to reserve a spot.
About Linda McDowell:
Linda McDowell has been a teacher in Manitoba elementary and secondary schools, Social Studies consultant for the Winnipeg School Division, and has worked in teacher education with Brandon University and the University of Winnipeg. Most of her teaching has been in the area of history. She has also been involved in curriculum and teacher guide writing for Manitoba. She is a life member of the Manitoba Association of Social Science Teachers Association and served on early Status of Women in Education committees.
As a retired teacher she volunteers with the Education program of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly, volunteers for the Nellie McClung Foundation and has returned to volunteering at Dalnavert. A long time interest in the history of Prairie women has led to research on woman suffrage, on early women trustees and on the lives of all of those "ordinary women" who weren't ordinary at all.
Currently she is working on research about "The Weaker Sex? - Not in Manitoba!" another talk coming to Dalnavert for International Women's Day March 2018!
Two film screenings shown for FREE as part of REELCANADA'S National Canadian Film Day on April 19th.
The Red Violin at 2pm
Spend the afternoon with Dalnavert and The Red Violin! This Canadian film tells the tale of a very special instrument — a perfectly crafted 17th-century violin finished with a mysterious red glaze. The violin’s history is revealed through four interconnected tales spanning 300 years, and at the centre of the story is the instrument’s dark secret, which is revealed only at the film’s suspenseful finale. Part of Reel Canada's National Canadian Film Day.
My Winnipeg at 8pm
Join us for a cozy, mid-week film night with Dalnavert and My Winnipeg! A hypnotic love letter to Winnipeg, Guy Maddin's film is equal parts historical chronicle and personal portrait, seamlessly weaving real facts with wild fiction, but some of the most shocking stories in My Winnipeg are the true ones! The bar will be open, and snacks available. Part of Reel Canada's National Canadian Film Day.
Reserve your FREE seat at http://freefilmsatdalnavert.brownpapertickets.com/
Join us for an evening of song, music and dance! Bar and snacks available while you go back in time with us for a slice of musical history.
Dressed in the costume styles of 1815 or 1850, the members of Simpson’s Folly sing the songs, play the music and tell the stories that reflect life in the time period of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars (1793-1815) or the Scottish settlement at Red River. Their group name, Simpson’s Folly is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the ‘stone fort’ located thirty-two kilometres north of Winnipeg, Manitoba. The musicians are: Frederick Carsted - bodhran, hard-shoe step dance, re-enactor of historic events, vocals, and recitations. Johanna Handford - celtic harp, button accordion, concertina, recorder, guitar and vocals. Dorothy Long - mandolin, button accordion, bodhran and vocals. James Long - 12 string guitar, harmonica, fiddle, cello and vocals.
Get your tickets online using the ticket window below, or call us at 204-943-2835
THE INTERNATIONAL PEACE GARDEN DISPLAY
This display was commissioned by the International Peace Garden and was exhibited there first in 2016. The display was put together by David McInnes and Linda McDowell, both of Winnipeg.
The side being displayed currently intends to show the similarities between the woman suffrage campaign of Manitoba (suffrage won in 1916) and North Dakota (suffrage won in 1917). Although these campaigns were separated by an international boundary, the two areas shared many characteristics - both geographical and political.
Women in the American and Canadian western areas were the first in their respective countries to have their voting rights acknowledged. Both Manitoba and North Dakota suffragists were supported by temperance and progressive farmer groups. On both sides of the border, women had to contend with wily legislators who tried to block suffrage legislation. The women in Manitoba and North Dakota tended to have similar backgrounds and professions - teachers, doctors and journalists. Some of the famous women leaders of the two areas are shown in the display with Margret Benedictsson as a link. She was born in Iceland but lived and worked in North Dakota and Manitoba, a pioneer in woman suffrage. Both suffrage groups were successful earlier than their eastern countrywomen who had been active in suffrage campaigns for a much longer time.
There were differences, too. Many single women in the American west were able to get Homestead land while Canadian women (married or single) had a much more difficult time to get the same rights. The Manitoba campaign was the most colourful in Canada while the North Dakota group got much less national press. Manitoba women were the first in Canada (1916) to gain voting rights but Wyoming women were the first in the United States, getting the vote in 1869. Indigenous women got the vote earlier in the North Dakota than they did in Manitoba. None of the North Dakota suffragists achieved the national fame in the United States that Nellie McClung achieved in Canada.
The women and men who fought for woman suffrage in Manitoba and North Dakota are a fascinating group of characters and neither area has really given them the attention they deserve.
Join us as we delve into the Victorians and their penchant for invention. This time it's the DETECTIVE NOVEL! In this illustrated talk, Dr Vanessa Warne, an award winning professor from the U of Manitoba, will explore the colourful history of the rise of Victorian detective literature, with a special focus on Victorian Britain's most celebrated fictional detective: Sherlock Holmes. Sharing stories about both Holmes and his creator, Arthur Conan Doyle, she will use photographs, maps, and engraved illustrations to enrich our appreciation of the origins of both this character and the detective story genre.If this has piqued your interest, sign up for the in depth Victorian Detective Reading Series March 5, 12, and 19th.
Introduction to VICTORIAN DETECTIVES: By Donation
VICTORIAN DETECTIVES Reading Series - $45 - 3 sessions - March 5, 12, 19th at 1:30pm
10% discount for members.
Novels to be discussed are:
March 5th - Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Man With the Twisted Lip" : Together we will explore the idea of double lives and I'll provide background on the opium dens and docklands of Victorian London.
March 12th - James McGovan's "The Mysterious Human Leg" : Topics to explore will include the dark side of Victorian medical practice and connections between medicine and the law.
March 19th - Mary Fortune's "The Dead Witness" : A story set in the Australian bush that invites us to explore the beauty and the danger of the colonies and also the invention of photography.
PDF's of each story will be made available to you when you sign up for the series.
Please register with Dalnavert at 204-943-2835
“To the person reading this note, Agatha needs to go away for a bit. She’s unable to cope for now. Please, don’t worry yourself. She’ll return when she’s up to it.”
Follow Agatha Christie as she leads you from a proper Victorian parlour (literally) to the salty English seaside (theatrically) to solve a mystery of her own making.
A mystery comedy about a real-life event (with a cash bar).
Presented by Echo Theatre & Saucy Gal Productions
More details and ticket info at www.echotheatre.net
Purchase tickets online at http://agathachristiesfugue.brownpapertickets.com/
Or call 204-223-6099 for reservations
A live clue game with our partners ACROSS THE BOARD CAFE! Play the game, take a guess and go into the Victorian Mansion to see the outcome played out live before your eyes! Two sittings a night at 7pm & 9pm (sold out).
Call 204-943-2835 to purchase tickets OR
Purchase tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets: Clueatthemuseum.brownpapertickets.com or click the url below.
*Please note that Christiefest pass holders will be admitted at the door only and are not eligible to reserve for this event in advance.
Film showing! Surrounded by our steam trunk collection, watch this classic film with some popcorn and a classy cocktail.
February is Mystery Month at Dalnavert Museum! If you're a mystery fan you'll want to check out our events throughout February. As part of RMTC's Christiefest, we have a play, a game, and a film for you to sink your teeth into, and at the very end of the month, a special lecture/reading series exploring the Victorian Detective novel with Prof. Vanessa Warne.
Dalnavert Museum will reopen on January 11th, 2017. Happy New Year!