Reaching new rights
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights opens in Winnipeg
Winnipeg’s Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) is this country’s first new national museum since 1967 and the first one to be located outside the Ottawa region. The $351-million project is on Treaty One land at The Forks where the Red and Assiniboine rivers meet, that’s been a gathering place for trade and to resolve disputes for over 6000 years. It’s the only museum in the world that’s entirely devoted to human rights issues, which are explored, in part, through stories about aboriginals, women, children, persons with disabilities and the LGBTTQ community. Designed by Antoine Predock, an American architect based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the CMHR combines Tyndall stone and glass in four sections. There’s the “roots” at the base of the museum; the “mountain” for permanent exhibits; the glass “cloud” and the 23-storey “Tower of Hope.” Inside, there are 11 galleries, and theatre and performing arts spaces. Adults $15; kids 7 to 17 $8. Closed Mondays. tel: (877) 877-6037; humanrights.ca
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