Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

March 04, 2015 12:00 ET

The Manitoba Museum's Exhibition Gallery Gets a Makeover

Funding announced for renovation and expansion of Alloway Hall

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - March 4, 2015) - The Manitoba Museum will expand and modernize Alloway Hall, its main exhibition gallery, with more than $5.3 million in support from the Government of Canada, the Manitoba Government and The Winnipeg Foundation. This was announced today by the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Ron Lemieux, Manitoba Minister of Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection, and Rick Frost, Chief Executive Officer of The Winnipeg Foundation.

The Manitoba Government is providing $3,830,630 to the project, while the Government of Canada is investing $1,000,000 through Canadian Heritage's Canada Cultural Spaces Fund. The Winnipeg Foundation has confirmed support of $500,000.

Quick Facts

  • The expansion of Alloway Hall will see the space nearly double to over 9,700 square feet. As a result, The Manitoba Museum will have a greater capacity to bring large world-class touring exhibitions to the province.
  • The improvements to the main exhibition gallery will also include upgrades to the heating and air conditioning system and the replacement of acoustic ceiling tiles, as well as the installation of terrazzo floors, a new theatrical lighting system, a new sound system, and new security cameras.
  • The majority of the renovation and expansion work of Alloway Hall is expected to be completed by the end of 2016. This project is the first phase in the Museum's major Capital Renewal Plan.


"The Government of Canada knows that cultural institutions are important generators of economic growth, jobs and wealth in our communities. We are proud to support the renovation and expansion of Alloway Hall, so that Manitobans can continue to enjoy world-class exhibits in a state-of-the-art facility for years to come."

-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"The Manitoba Museum is a local treasure, and it's important that we continue to support their efforts to showcase our history and heritage. We want the Museum to continue showing visitors the many ways Manitoba is truly where Canada's heart beats."

-The Honourable Ron Lemieux, Manitoba Minister of Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection

"The Winnipeg Foundation is very pleased to support this project, which will enable the Museum to bring top-notch educational exhibits to Winnipeggers. It is significant that Alloway Hall is named for our founder, William Forbes Alloway. His generosity and foresight continues to inspire our donors, who make this support possible."

-Richard L. Frost, CEO, The Winnipeg Foundation

"The expansion of Alloway Hall is a very exciting step for our museum, which will allow us to bring in the biggest and best travelling exhibits to Manitoba from around the world. The success of past exhibits such as Dinosaurs Unearthed, Real Pirates and Wrapped: The Mummy of Pesed have been a tipping point for the Museum. Together with Alloway World Exhibits Fund and our strategic partnerships, we believe that a new, enlarged exhibition space is a major part of building an exciting and bold future for The Manitoba Museum."

-Claudette Leclerc, CEO, The Manitoba Museum

Associated Links

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund

The Winnipeg Foundation

The Manitoba Museum

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Contact Information

  • Marisa Monnin
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages

    Roxanne Carriere
    A/Regional Manager, Communications
    Prairies and Northern Region
    Canadian Heritage

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage

    Province of Manitoba
    Glen Cassie
    Communications Coordinator
    Communication Services Manitoba

    The Winnipeg Foundation
    LuAnn Lovlin
    Director of Communications
    The Winnipeg Foundation
    204-944-9474 ext. 232