old convent of the Grey Nuns, which today houses the St. Boniface
Museum, was built between 1845 and 1851. This is the oldest building
in the City of Winnipeg and is the museum?s main artefact. It
is also the largest oak log structure in North America. In addition
to being the first hospital in the Canadian West, it has been
used as a school, a boarding school and a hospice for the sick
and poor. It is a symbol of the Catholic missionary work carried
out by the Grey Nuns and by other religious communities in St.
The mission of the St. Boniface Museum is to collect and safeguard
a collection representing the French Canadian and Métis heritage
of the Canadian West. Our goal is to conduct research and interpret
these collections, while at the same time recognizing the contribution
of the First Nations and religious communities to the development
of this heritage.
The exhibitions depict not only the period of the fur trade and
the Red River colony but also the birth of the Métis nation. Our
collections is focused on periods and events such as the arrival
of the missionaries and the Grey Nuns, Louis Riel and the founding
of the province of Manitoba, the life of the pioneers, the development
of the town of St. Boniface, the development of the Francophone
community (immigration, language rights and education) and the
spread of French-Canadian culture in Manitoba.