Canadian Museum for Human Rights
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) is a museum in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, dedicated to the basic rights belonging to every human being.
Opened in 2014, the museum is housed in an iconic building overlooking the Red River and designed by American architect Antoine Predock.
The place where the museum lies is historically significant as quite peculiar, indeed it had been a meeting place of Aboriginal Peoples populations for thousands of years. Over 400,000 archaeological artifacts were recovered from on-site excavations.
The CMHR’s permanent exhibitions are contained in eleven thematic galleries on six levels, connected by a series of glowing alabaster ramps. arranged around a central hall. The museum is dedicated to human rights in a broad sense, intended to provoke thought and conversation about the importance of treating all human beings with dignity and respect. Stories from past and present are relayed in diverse ways, with an international scope but a special focus on Canada. and with special attention to cultural and ethnic minorities as well as to Canadian history. Through multisensory installations, artifacts, artworks, photos, feature films, video-clips and interactive exhibits, the museum tells the human rights stories of many different groups, including people with disabilities, women, children, diverse racial groups, religious and linguistic minorities, Indigenous Peoples and those with diverse gender identities and sexual orientations – to name a few. Stories of inspiration, hope and resilience are relayed along with accounts of human rights violations, with the message that everyone has a role to play in achieving human rights for all. What human rights actually are and how their complete achievement still has a long way to go, since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The museum organizes live performances, special events, guided tours, and educational programs.
Along with the permanent core exhibition galleries, the museum includes educational spaces, theatres, a reference center, a boutique, and a restaurant. The museum building is topped by a 100-meter-high tower, from which it is possible to get a panoramic view of Winnipeg and the Prairie landscape beyond.
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is accessible to visitors of all ages and abilities.
Thanks to Maureen Fitzhenry, CMHR, for her great collaboration
Photos courtesy CMHR
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