Kids, have you ever wondered what life in the Victorian era would have been like? Well, you can experience it first hand at the Dalnavert Museum!
A designated National Historic Site of Canada, the museum was actually home to Sir Hugh John Macdonald and his family. Now restored, it lets the family really find out what life in Winnipeg during the Victorian era would have been like, through the exhibitions, collections, and artifacts.
Just imagine the parents and kids running through the halls, laughing, eating, playing, and living over 100 years ago!
The best way to explore this amazing home is guided tour. Whether you want to explore that lavish home, or head out into the grounds, the tours give you an idea of the grandeur and ingenuity of the late Victorian period.
This tour guides are filled with knowledge, so kids, get those questions ready because you can ask away!
You can explore the summer kitchen of the Macdonald family, and envision them all sitting around the table, about to start their day. You can learn what it really took to keep a house running in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
The tours run from 30 to 60 minutes in length, but call ahead because they are volunteers that run it, so you can just check they are available!
Then, the gardens are filled with period-specific plants that bloom through spring and summer. You can walk through the gardens at your leisure, and discover each family member's personal garden that represent their own personalities!
Don't miss the fun programs they hold throughout the year too, from annual readings of Dicken's A Christmas Carol, to Halloween exhibits and Treasure Hunts in the summer months!
Do you think you have what it takes to live in the Victorian times? At the Dalnavert Museum, it's a great place to find out!