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Parks and Open Space

Welcome to Living Prairie Museum

The Living Prairie Museum is a 12 hectare (30 acre) tall grass prairie preserve located inside the City of Winnipeg. Set aside in 1968, this preserve is home ot over 160 species of prairie plants and a great array of prairie wildlife. Prior to European settlement, tall grass prairie covered one million square kilometres in central North America, stretching from Texas to southern Manitoba. Today, tall grass prairie is all but gone. In Manitoba only 1/20th of 1% of the original tall grass prairie remains. The Living Prairie Museum is one of the few remaining fragments of this once vast ecosystem.

The goal of Living Prairie Museum is to provide awareness and conservation of natural areas, specifically tall grass prairie, through environmental education. Download a copy of our Environmental Education Brochure.

Attention to Pet Owners

A reminder this is an On-Leash Park, please remember to clean up after your pets.

Living Prairie Museum News

Monarch Butterfly Festival

Join us for the Living Prairie Museum's 13th annual Monarch Butterfly Festival!

Sunday, July 21st, 12:00 to 4:00 PM, rain or shine. Admission is free.

This all-ages event has many activities to enjoy. Presentations by local scientists, storytelling, displays of live monarchs, crafts, guided hikes, a native prairie plant sale with Prairie Flora and more!

Receive one free milkweed per family while quantities last.

Make a donation to receive a unique festval memento!

Please contact the museum if you would like to volunteer.


Thursday Theme Days

Free, family Theme Days take place on Thursdays, July 11th to August 22nd, 10:00 to 11:00 AM. Activities include a presentation on a prairie topic followed by an activity. Our one-hour programs are best suited for ages 5 - 11. Please dress for the conditions!

Registration is available two weeks prior to each Theme Day, Friends of the Living Prairie Museum members may register at any time. Registration is limited to families - child care groups may book an education program by appointment.

July 11th - Toothy Grins:Prairie animals have different dietary needs. Learn how teeth can give us clues about favourite foods.
July 18th - Four Feet Under:Where does a ground squirrel hole go? How deep are prairie roots? Discover diversity underground.
July 25th - Brushing Blooms:The prairie is home to fabulous wildflowers. Grab your paintbrush and discover the fine details of these blooming beauties!
August 1st - Bountiful Bison:Bison were a big part of daily life for Indigenous people. Learn about cultural uses and the bison's role in prairie history.
August 8th - Paws and Claws:Why do deer have hooves and foxes have paws? Find out how different animals use their feet.
August 15th - Who Grows There?!:Learn how to use basic patterns to help identify the prairie plants that call our museum home.
August 22nd - The Ants Go Marching:Ant hills abound at Living Prairie Museum. Join us for an exploraton of this amazing social insect.

Admission is free
Living Prairie Museum

The Living Prairie Museum Interpretive Centre opens for the season with the blooming of the Prairie Crocus, Manitoba's provincial flower. The Interpretive Centre has displays on prairie history and ecology and a second story observation deck that offers a great view of the prairie. Books and wildflower seeds are available for purchase through our Prairie Bookstore.

Print your self a self guided trail brochure & explore.

May to June - open Sundays only from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

July - August - open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

September - open Sundays only from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Interpretive Centre is located at:

2795 Ness Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3J 3S4
Phone: 204-832-0167
Fax: 311

Everyone is welcome to visit the prairie year-round from dawn until dusk whether or not the Museum Interpretive Centre is open. Self-guiding trail booklets are available at the front entrance to the Interpretive Centre.

For more information regarding history, videos, and herbarium, please visit www.livingprairie.org

To become a Friend of the Living Prairie Museum, please visit www.friendsoflivingprairie.org

For a walk through the prairie past, including historical photography, please visit www.virtualmuseum.ca/virtual-exhibits/exhibit/a-walk-through-the-prairie-past-the-history-of-the-living-prairie-museum/


Last update: June 25, 2019
Contact the Public Works Department
General Office Hours
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday to Friday
1155 Pacific Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 3P1

Phone, Fax, Email: 311