The permanent exhibits of our Main Gallery interpret the rich history of The Pas and area. Beginning with the geological formations of the region through to First Nations history, the fur trade, Métis history, the mission period, and into the industrial age of the last century, the exhibits describe a diverse and fascinating community. Recent history has included the steamboat era, agriculture, mining, the railway, aviation, lumbering, fishing, trapping, and local business. Our exhibits also highlight some of the many community events held through the years, most notably the Northern Manitoba's Trappers' Festival.
"Sam's Gallery", our version of Sam's "Little Northern Museum", features many of the eclectic and unusual curiosities and collectibles that made our founder's immense and quirky collection so interesting to visitors over the years. Don't miss our famous two-headed calf, the five pairs of dressed fleas, and a plethora of other unusual artifacts and specimens.
The Susan MacCharles Gallery, dedicated to the memory of long time Museum volunteer and employee who passed away in 1999, is our temporary exhibit space. Here we display both in-house and traveling museum exhibits, as well as a variety of visual art shows and art exhibits. We are happy to partner with The Pas Arts Council in presenting a wide variety of visual art exhibits, both local and traveling, for the enjoyment of our visitors. Check the Current Events page of this website for information on current and upcoming exhibits.
Opened in 2005, our children's Discovery Centre is the only room in the Museum where children can touch everything! In this hands-on learning and fun centre, children can explore natural history items and activities in a boreal forest setting. This room contains a boreal forest mural activity wall, a canoe station complete with voyageur sternsman, a cozy reading tent with library of nature books, and an assortment of animal and other costumes for children to wear.
In May of 2006, the Museum launched our first online exhibit through the Community Memories Program of the Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC). Our exhibit, "The Saskatchewan River - Highway Through History", describes with photos and text the profound importance this iconic Canadian River has had on people of this region throughout the centuries. The exhibit can be viewed following the link below.
We have also launched the following online exhibits through the Community Memories Program: