New Naval Museum for Manitobans
Naval Museum of Manitoba proudly opened it's doors in 1980 and
was housed in the old "Wren's Mess" at HMCS CHIPPAWA in Winnipeg.
These quarters were good at first, but it quickly became apparent
that many of the artifacts donated in the following years would
not be able to be put on display. There just wasn't enough room.
And the collection still continued to grow!
is a large amount of naval artifacts available for display
in Manitoba. Most of this memorabilia will remain in people's
homes until proper museum display space opens up.
the last 10 years, the board of directors has dreamed of having
museum quarters that would befit such a large and extensive
collection. Many visitors to the museum have told the board
that they have artifacts at home, but they would keep them there
until the museum has room enough to display them.
is there so much naval memorabilia in Manitoba?
appear to be amazed at the rich Naval tradition held in Manitoba.
Some 20,000 Manitobans joined through the Winnipeg Division
dating back to 1923 (75 years) and between 8,000 to 9,000 joined
during World War II. Wartime recruiting in Winnipeg was the
largest in Canada, outside the east and west coasts.
people have a tendency to relate to Manitoba as being so far
inland. Manitoba has its own seaport in Churchill. The first
modern warship to visit the port of Churchill was HMS SCARBOROUGH
good news is that there are plans to rebuild the Winnipeg Naval
Division HMCS CHIPPAWA on its present location at 51 Navy Way.
The proposed project is slated for 3,700 square metres, 2 stories
high, the outside being masonry and special glass. The proposed
completion date of the project is October 1999. This project
was officially announced in Winnipeg on 21 July 1998.
project also includes a Naval Museum. But the proposal only
calls for a smaller space than we require. This is all that
DND is able to contribute to our cause. If we want more space
to be built, we have to fundraise on our own. And we have proposed
to get more space. This is our chance to get a state of the
art facility, in the downtown core of Winnipeg!
Naval Museum is fundraising so we may have some 2,000 square
metres at a cost of $1,200.00 per square metre. We are proposing
the type of museum that all Manitoban's will be proud of. Part
of the proposal is to have the museum laid out by museum professionals.
Displays and exhibits will be professional and interesting.
The type of Museum that will reflect the history of a proud
and professional navy, for all the public to discover.
we have moved out of our present quarters at 51 Navy Way to
make room for the construction. Our collection is in proper
storage, and the Board of Director's are busy raising funds
for the next step, the finalization of the construction plans.
Huge Chance for Naval Heritage
is a huge chance for Naval Heritage in Manitoba and in Canada.
The proposed location is in downtown Winnipeg, very close to
a burgeoning tourist area of the city (the Forks). The History
of Canada's Navy has the potential to reach thousands every
year, perhaps millions over time.
course, we still require donations to make this happen. We are
an official accredited Department of National Defence Museum,
but they only support us to a certain point. Donations make
up a large part of our operating budget. Our charitable donation
number is 0795815-50.
will be listing all donors of $100.00 or more showing city,
or town, etc. on a Donor's Recognition Wall in our new
Naval Museum. We presently have received donations from coast
to coast, USA, UK and Belgium. Cheques made payable to Naval
Museum, 1 Navy Way, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 4J7, tax receipts
will be issued.
us preserve our immortality.
Board of Director's
The Naval Museum of Manitoba
Museum Update Sep 2002
new CHIPPAWA building was completed - 21 Sep 99. The museum
space is located on the main floor at the right-hand-side
front of the building.
of the New Museum space is stalled. As of 4 Oct 99 the museum
has been given 200 square feet of space available in the new
Naval Reserve Division CHIPPAWA. Now all we have to do is get
some more funding to complete our planned displays. Without
more funding our proposed plan may be on hold indefinitely.
the past two years, some funding has been allocated and two
phases of the new museum have been constructed. The Museum is
currently in the process of setting up the 20mm Bofors display
that is pictured below. Funding for the centerpiece of the new
museum, the ship's hull pictured below, is still required.
conceptual drawing of the new Naval Museum of Manitoba.
- The Naval Museum of Manitoba - 1 Navy Way - Winnipeg Manitoba
- R3C 4J7