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History & Museum  Winnipeg Police Museum

The Winnipeg Police Museum displays many artifacts related to the history of the Winnipeg Police Force, dating from its beginning in 1874.

The museum is located:

Winnipeg Police Headquarters
245 Smith Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba.

10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Tuesday through Friday

Call  204-986-3976 or email to schedule a conducted tour.

There is no entry fee and the building is wheelchair accessible.

View items that are for sale at the Museum

Special exhibits in the museum include:

  • Archives dating to the 1880s.
  • Displays of early equipment such as handcuffs, weapons and old books with handwritten entries. The early police identification camera is there along with "mug shots" of criminals and the glass negatives that the pictures were made from.
  • Memorabilia from the famous Winnipeg General Strike of 1919, including batons, armbands and badges issued to the "Special Constables" who were quickly hired to replace the dismissed constables for the duration of the strike.
  • A display about Earle 'The Strangler' Nelson, a serial sex killer from the United States who was responsible for the deaths of many woman across North America until he was captured in Manitoba and met his own fate in Winnipeg.
  • A jail cell from the North End "E" Division built in 1911, which is an interesting attraction especially to children.
  • A display on the dangers faced by officers in the line of duty. In addition to several bullet-proof vests that have been used for testing, there is one vest that was not intended for test but in fact saved the life of one officer when he was shot by a known drug dealer.
  • Large artifacts, including a restored 1925 REO Patrol Wagon and a restored 1978 Harley-Davidson and sidecar.

Find out more about the activities of the Winnipeg Police Museum & Historical Society. Read their 2016 Annual Report:

Winnipeg Police Museum Anuual Report

Mailing address for the Winnipeg Police Museum and Historical Society:

P.O. Box 1680
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3C 2Z7

Notice for Police Museum AGM on January 22, 2017

The Winnipeg Police Museum Board of Directors wish to extend an invitation to all WPS members and staff to attend:

The Winnipeg Police Museum and Historical Society Inc.
2017 Annual General Meeting

To be held :
Monday January 22, 2017
7:00 pm

Winnipeg Police Museum (inside)
HQ Building
245 Smith Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Regular agenda items will include:

  • Minutes of the 2017 Annual Meeting
  • Report from the Board of Directors
  • Financial Statements and Auditor's Report
  • Election of Board Members for 2018
  • Appointment of Auditor’s for 2018
  • Any New Business brought forward

All interested persons are invited to attend. Museum tours will be available afterwards, and light refreshments will be served.

Any enquiries about the AGM can be directed to S/Sgt. Rod HUTTER by email( or phone at 204-391-7855.

Director’s Positions Open

For 2018, the Museum Board will have 1 vacant Director's Position open and 3 Director’s positions where the incumbents are running for re-election. For anyone interested in becoming member of the Police Museum Board of Directors, please contact any of the following Nominating Committee Members:

S/Sgt. Rod HUTTER #1738/Division 50 Cell: 204-391-7855
Cst. Tammy SKRABEK  #1826/EXEC-PIO Cell: 204-918-1339
Joe GALLAGHER (D/Chief - Retired)  

Note: You must have a Museum membership in order to run as a Director or vote in the Election. Please Contact John Burchill at or 204-986-2357.

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Winnipeg Police History Book
From Force to Service (1874-1999)

Only $25 plus $15.00 shipping & handling. Send cheque or money order for $40.00 to:

Winnipeg Police Museum
P.O. Box 1680
Winnipeg, MB R3C 2Z7


Visit the Museum at:

Winnipeg Police Museum
245 Smith Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba

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Last update: December 12, 2017

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