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 of retired members of Manitoba Hydro and the electrical industry.
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.
Visitor information & hours
- Admission is $3.00 per person, children 5 years & under free.
- Open Monday to Thursday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Group tours are available by appointment (maximum 30 people) — call 204-360-7905.
- Free parking.
- Fully wheelchair accessible.
All That Glows: Then and Now
Plan a visit to enjoy our holiday lighting display. See how holiday lights, trees and decorations have changed from the 1880s to today, and explore the history of electrical development in our province.
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.
Built in 1931, the historic building is also an working substation.
Interactive displays show how to use electricity safely and efficiently.
Exhibits show the evolution of appliances and equipment.
Enjoy a tour with one of our expert guides.
Learn about energy use and conservation.
Educational videos explain the science used to protect wildlife.