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The Living Prairie Museum is a 12 hectare (30acre) tall grass prairie preserve located inside the City of Winnipeg. Set aside in 1968, this preserve is home to 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. To download a copy of our Environmental Education Brochure for print, click here.

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Monarch Butterfly Festival

Join us for the Living Prairie Museum's 11th Annual Monarch Butterfly Festival on Sunday, July 16 from 12:00 until 4:00p.m., rain or shine.

This free, all ages event has many activities to enjoy, including 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, and be sure to bring a t-shirt to silk screen as a festival memento.

Special guests include Assiniboine Park zoo, Monarch Teachers Network, Winnipeg Public Library, Insect Control Branch, and Manitoba EcoNetwork.

Would you like to volunteer? Contact us for details!

Thursday Theme Days

Learn all about the prairie this summer! Our Theme Days are back with some great new programs and activities.

Register for one of two sessions:
10:00 - 11:00 AM or 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Friends members may register at any time, and non-members may register one week before the program.
Programs are suitable for ages 4 - 12. Adult supervision is required.

July 13 - Clouds, Storms, and the Prairie

Learn what to look for in the sky, and how the prairie responds to severe weather.

July 20 - To Bee or Not to Bee

Did you know we have over 200 species of bees in Manitoba? Get to know your neighbourhood prairie bees.

July 27 - Up in Flames

What happens when the prairie catches fire? Come learn why we set the prairie ablaze.

August 3 - Life on the Prairies

The prairie is a complex community of plants, bugs, mammals and birds. Come learn the intricate interations taking place and the effects they have on the ecosystem.

August 10 - The Sense-ational Prairie

What makes the prairie wild? How is it different from a yard or a park? Get a feel for the prairie through art and interations.

August 17 - Prairie-mon Go

Remember last summer's Pokemon craze? Learn about the special powers some the prairies' smallest creatures use to go-go on the prairie.

August 24 - Worms

Join us for a myth-busting, science packed session about Earth's living composters.

Note that spaces are limited, so child care groups or day camps are not accepted. Please contact the museum to book a program!

Public Guided Hikes

Would you like to learn more about the rare tall grass prairie? Join a museum naturalist for a free hike through the preserve on Tuesdays, 10:00 - 11:00 AM from July 11th to August 22nd.

Please call the museum to register in advance.

Adventure through Winnipeg with a Heritage Passport!

The 8 Winnipeg civic museums have joined together to offer an exciting adventure through Winnipeg's Heritage. The "I ❤ Our Heritage" Pass is your passport to Winnipeg's diverse heritage. Visit all 8 museums, get your passport stamped and be entered to WIN prizes!

How it works:

  • Pick up your free "I ❤ Our Heritage" passport from any of the 8 civic museums.
  • Visit all 8 civic museums and get your passport stamped between May 27th and September 2nd.
  • Once your passport is full, fill out the entry form on the bottom and leave it at your last location. All museums will have entry boxes.
  • Draw will be made on September 16th.

Where to get a passport:

  • Transcona Museum, 141 Regent Ave W.
  • Le Musee de Saint-Boniface Museum, 494 Tache Ave
  • Seven Oaks House Museum, 50 Mac St.
  • Winnipeg Police Museum, 245 Smith Street
  • Ross House Museum, 140 Meade St. N.
  • The Living Prairie Museum, 2795 Ness Ave
  • Historical Museum of St. James, 3180 Portage Ave
  • Grant's Old Mill, 2777 Portage Ave

Eco Explore Manitoba

You can become an Eco Explorer by visiting the Living Prairie Museum!

Eco Explore Manitoba encourages everyone to show their love for the environment. Snap a selfie at three different Eco Explorer sites, post them on Instagram with #ecoexploremb, and receive your title as a Manitoba Eco Explorer. You'll also be eligible to win a prize package.

Take a selfie with our bison rubbing stone to enter!

You can visit for more details and photos. Happy exploring!

Admission is Free

The Living Prairie Museum Interpretive Centre opens for the season with the blooming of the Prairie Crocus, Manitoba's provincial flower. During Crocus Day, usually the latter weekends in April (weather permitting), special programs and guided hikes are available to celebrate spring's arrival. 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 yourself 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 - Thanksgiving - 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.

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