MHV Exhibits

Exhibit Galleries

Permanent Gallery

At the Village Center we house a Permanent Gallery. This gallery features the history of the Mennonites from the 1500s to the present day. We are periodically updating the gallery and introducing new artifacts into the story, so there is always something new to see and experience.

Temporary Exhibitions

The Gerhard Ens Gallery Exhibits at the Museum are the result of careful study and documentation, but they are only able to show a small fraction of what goes on here at the museum. We are periodically changing this gallery to explore different topics and issues relevant to the Mennonite story.

The Auditorium Gallery

The Auditorium Gallery includes a semi-permanent display and a temporary display wall. The semi-permanent display is meant to delve into topics not fully discussed in the permanent galleries. The temporary component changes just like the Gerhard Ens Gallery, and sometimes is used to display art like the Art Hall.

The Art Hall

The Art Hall is a small but well-exposed venue for local artists to display their works to the public and, if that is their intent, prospective buyers.

Travelling Exhibits

Many of our exhibits are transportable and we are happy to accommodate other institutions that wish to display them in their own galleries. Please contact the curatorial department for a quote if you are interested. Phone 204-326-9661 Ext. 226

Curatorial Department

Curatorial Department: who we are and what we do

cu•ra•tor (kyo orātǝr) - a keeper or custodian of a museum collection
Synonym: Guardian

  • The Curatorial department seeks to preserve and conserve historic artifacts, documents, and buildings that tell the Russian Mennonite Story.
  • We undergo research and archaeological excavations in order to contribute to the world’s understanding of the Mennonite way of life.
  • We also regulate the donations given to the MHV so that each unique artifact has a story that is in keeping with the MHV mission statement.
  • We respond to public inquiries about history, genealogy, donations, and provide scheduled tours on event days and other days upon request.

Our Collection

Spanning more than 15,000 artifacts, the MHV’s wide-ranging collection provides a comprehensive survey of Russian Mennonites from the 16th century to the present day with new acquisitions added regularly. These objects are carefully preserved by our curatorial department in humidity and temperature-controlled storage.

The curatorial department offers a library of books and documents for individuals who wish to deepen their understanding or pursue research. Everyone is welcome to browse daily.

We acquire hundreds of artifacts each year through the generosity of our donors. These objects serve to expand our knowledge and enhance our ability to tell the story of the Russian Mennonites.

Current Exhibits

Nice Women Don’t Want the Vote

May 19, 2017 to June 19, 2017
Gerhard Ens Gallery

Outlines the historical context of the Suffragist movement and commemorates the 100th anniversary of Manitoba women winning the right to vote.

Upcoming Exhibits

Storied Places

July 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018
Gerhard Ens Gallery

Storied Places will provide a basis for discussion about how everyone – immigrants and their descendants, Mennonites and non-Mennonites – relate to Canada, and what makes it ‘home.’

Past Exhibits

Beyond Tradition: The Lives of Women We Know by the SRSS Advanced Photography Class

June 13, 2016 to April 30, 2017
The Auditorium Gallery

This series of photo essays by the SRSS Advanced Photography Class celebrates the extraordinary women in these students' lives.

Beyond Tradition: The Lives of Mennonite Women

November 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017
Gerhard Ens Gallery

This year MHV will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in Manitoba by focusing on the stories of Mennonite women. Beyond Tradition: The Lives of Mennonite Women tells the stories of those who went beyond their traditional roles as wives and mothers. These women worked outside the home when this was still unusual, sought a larger role in the church, influenced the decision of when to immigrate and where to settle, and built their own families, communities, and careers.

Along the Road to Freedom

August 9, 2016 to October 12, 2016
Gerhard Ens Gallery

Exhibit Opening: Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Everyone Welcome! Free Admission for the Evening!

Beyond Tradition: The Lives of Mennonite Women

June 13, 2016 to August 1, 2016
Gerhard Ens Gallery

This year MHV will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in Manitoba by focusing on the stories of Mennonite women. Beyond Tradition: The Lives of Mennonite Women tells the stories of those who went beyond their traditional roles as wives and mothers. These women worked outside the home when this was still unusual, sought a larger role in the church, influenced the decision of when to immigrate and where to settle, and built their own families, communities, and careers.

Mennonite Food: Tastes in Transition

June 8, 2015 to March 31, 2016
Gerhard Ens Gallery

The exhibit Food: Tastes in Transition will depict and provide a significant, though often overlooked, context to Mennonite heritage in Manitoba through the lens of an ever changing food tradition. This exhibit will be on display throughout 2015 as the centerpiece of MHV’s annual theme on Mennonite food.