Save up to $110 in total if you attend these 8 selected Doors Open Winnipeg tours

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Exploring Winnipeg’s Hidden Gems: Doors Open Winnipeg 2024 

Are you ready to unlock the secrets of Winnipeg’s architectural treasures? Look no further than Doors Open Winnipeg, an annual event that invites curious souls to step inside historic buildings, cultural institutions, and architectural marvels that are typically off-limits to the public. And the best part? It’s completely free! Whether you’re a history buff, an architecture enthusiast, or just someone who loves exploring unique spaces, Doors Open Winnipeg has something for everyone. Let’s dive into the must-see attractions and buildings, along with the reasons why they’re worth your time:

1) Dalnavert Museum and Visitors’ Centre (save up to $10 regular admission)

  • Can’t Miss Reason: Step back in time at this beautifully restored Victorian mansion. Explore its elegant rooms, period furnishings, and learn about the fascinating life of Sir Hugh John Macdonald, son of Canada’s first Prime Minister. The Dalnavert Museum is a window into Winnipeg’s past, and during Doors Open, you get to peek through it for free!

2) Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum (save up to $7 regular admission)

  • Can’t Miss Reason: Immerse yourself in the rich Francophone heritage of Saint-Boniface. This museum celebrates the vibrant history of Manitoba’s French-speaking community. From religious artifacts to Métis culture, you’ll discover stories that shaped the province. Plus, the stunning St. Boniface Cathedral nearby is a bonus photo spot!

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3) Manitoba Electrical Museum & Education Centre (save up to $5 regular admission)

  • Can’t Miss Reason: Ever wondered how electricity transformed our lives? This museum sheds light on the electrifying journey—from early generators to modern power grids. Interactive exhibits, vintage appliances, and quirky artifacts make this a shockingly good experience. And yes, during Doors Open, it’s free—no volts attached!

4) Royal Canadian Mint Tours (save up to $12 regular admission)

  • Can’t Miss Reason: Witness the magic of coin-making! The Royal Canadian Mint produces currency for Canada and other countries. Take a guided tour through the minting process, see gold bars, and maybe even hold a million-dollar coin (seriously!). It’s a rare opportunity, and during Doors Open, you won’t need a penny to enter.

5) Seven Oaks House Museum (usually has admission by donation)

  • Can’t Miss Reason: History buffs, rejoice! Seven Oaks House is a time capsule from the fur-trading era. Wander through its rooms, admire the Georgian architecture, and learn about the Battle of Seven Oaks—a pivotal moment in Manitoba’s past. During Doors Open Winnipeg admission is free. If you still want to donate, go ahead.

6) Winnipeg Firefighters Museum (usually has admission by donation)

  • Can’t Miss Reason: Sound the alarm! Explore vintage fire trucks, helmets, and firefighting gear. Meet the heroes who’ve battled flames throughout Winnipeg’s history. The museum honors their bravery and showcases the evolution of firefighting technology. Admission is free this weekend. If you still want to donate, go ahead.

7) Aurora Farm (save up to $40 regular admission)

  • Can’t Miss Reason: Escape the city and embrace the countryside at Aurora Farm. This sustainable oasis offers farm tours, workshops, and a chance to connect with animals. Pet goats, feed chickens, and breathe in the fresh prairie air. During Doors Open, the farm gates swing wide open for free exploration.

8) Trolley Bus Tour (save up to $39.95 regular admission)

  • Can’t Miss Reason: An experience that weaves together history, architecture, and local charm. As the vintage trolley glides through downtown and the historic Exchange District, passengers are transported to a bygone era. Imagine cobblestone streets, ghost signs, and hidden courtyards—all framed by red-brick warehouses and elegant facades. During Doors Open, the fare won’t cost you a dime!

Remember, Doors Open Winnipeg is more than just a day out—it’s a chance to connect with the heart of the city, discover hidden stories, and appreciate the craftsmanship that surrounds us. So mark your calendar, grab your camera, and get ready to explore!

For more details and specific tour times, visit the official Doors Open Winnipeg website. And remember, there are no tickets—just curiosity and a sense of adventure!

Please note: This blog post is for informational purposes only. Winnipeg for Free is not associated with Heritage Winnipeg in any manner. Confirm program details and availability directly with Heritage Winnipeg. 

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