Manitoba Electrical Museum & Education Centre
Learn the story of hydroelectric development in Manitoba from 1870 to today. This unique museum guides visitors through the safe use of electricity and how electrical energy works. The museum is a volunteer organization composed of retired members of Manitoba Hydro and the electrical industry. Teachers – bring your students for a tour of the Electrical Museum.
Embark on a journey through Manitoba's electrical history. Visitors of all ages can:
- travel through the pre-electricity days of the late 1800s;
- discover the beginnings of hydroelectric power;
- find out about the first uses of electricity in the province;
- peek into a 1940's farm kitchen;
- follow the evolution of modern electric appliances;
- see an operating scale model of a wind turbine;
- learn how generating stations are built in Manitoba;
- get a glimpse into present and future electrical development in Manitoba.
View a map of our galleries (PDF, 112 KB).
Bring the kids to the Manitoba Electrical Museum during Spring Break!
Flip a switch. Press a button. Plug in a cord. When we need electricity, it's there.
We use electricity everyday – want to learn how it works? Drop by the Electrical Museum & Education Centre and see how electricity is made using the power of water, as you explore the history of electrical development in our province. Take part in a scavenger hunt, discover ways to save energy, and learn how to stay safe around electricity and natural gas. You might even see Louie the Lightning Bug® himself!
The Museum will be open Monday, March 27 to Friday, March 31 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Free admission and parking.
Visitor information & hours
- Open Monday to Thursday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Closed on statutory holidays.
- Guided tours are available by appointment for the general public, school, and community groups. Maximum group size is 30.
- Free admission and free parking. Donations are gratefully accepted.
- Fully wheelchair accessible.
Take an online trip through the 1940s and 1950s, when the Manitoba Power Commission embarked on the ambitious goal to connect 50,000 farms in 10 years to the province's growing electrical grid. See pictures, read and hear stories from people who were there in the Virtual Museum of Canada's Community Memories exhibit: Powering Up Rural Manitoba.
A hair-raising moment with the 500 kV Van de Graaff generator.
This historic building is a must-see and the informational tours are for all ages.
Interactive exhibits encourage you to use electricity safely and efficiently.
Vintage appliances showcase the evolution of how we use energy.
Personal tours give you the opportunity to ask our guides anything about energy.