Upcoming Volunteer Events: It’s Casual – Help if you can!
- Friday, October 18 (6:00-7:30pm): Fright at the Museum Volunteer Orientation
- Fri/Sat, Oct. 25/26 (6:00-10:00pm): Fright at the Museum!
For more information on volunteering, fill out an inquiry here:
THE FORT LA REINE MUSEUM TEAM MEMBER
No current openings. Please check back in the Spring!
We thank you for your interest, but at this time the Museum Collection is at maximum capacity and only artefacts of great historic relevance will be considered for donations. By being selective about what the Museum accepts, we can insure that we are able to ethically care for our collection and display artefacts that directly reflect our mandate. If you have any questions of concerns, please contact Madison Connolly, Museum Executive Director. Items that we no longer accept due to capacity reach: pianos/organs, sewing machines, dolls, doilies, tea cups and sets, farm tools.
Executive Director: Email
As a non-profit organization, the Fort la Reine Museum needs the support from the community to continue our work preserving and presenting community and prairie history. Your membership directly supports our mission and mandate.
BEING A MEMBER PROVIDES GREAT VALUE!
Individual Season Membership: $25
*Family Season Membership: $60
(2 adults and up to 3 kids or 2 youth/senior)
For a family of five, in less than three visits, your membership has paid for itself. Members get VIP access to member-only advance tickets sales for special events, and 50% discounts on event ticket purchases (some out of season events are not applicable). In addition to free regular admission, members will also enjoy 50% special event admission and access to our resource library!
GET YOUR MEMBERSHIP TODAY AT THE MUSEUM!
THE RESTORATION AND REBUILDING OF NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
The Fort la Reine Museum is renewing its purpose as a place for the community and tourists to see as both a destination, and as a starting point for an adventure. Strategically located on the gateway to Portage la Prairie and Central and Western Canada, we’re a part of the “Road Culture”, a landmark of the road ecology that connects Canada from sea to sea. We are adopting a forward thinking mission to renew and restore our heritage facilities and collection.
The Fort la Reine Museum has come to be known as one of Portage la Prairie’s premiere cultural institutions, building off of the historic presence of the Fort. Our long-term objective is to restore the Fort to its former glory, making it and the collection it houses more accessible for our visitors.
Fort La Reine was built in 1738 and is one of the forts of the western expansion directed by Pierre Gaultier de Varennes et de La Vérendrye, a fur trader and farmer, was first military commander in the west, of what is now known as Canada. La Verendrye was an important Canadian Inland Explorer who travelled farther west than any previous European explorer ever had, from Winnipeg, then southwest nearing the Missouri River. La Verendrye was on a quest to find the route across Canada that linked us sea to sea. In 1738 Fort la Reine was built by La Verendrye on the Assiniboine River where present day Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, stands. The fort served as a fur trading post. It was the primary base of operations for much historic exploration north and west. From Fort La Reine, explorers made their way to Lake Manitoba and Lake Winnipegosis, Lake Winnipeg and the Saskatchewan River. Fort la Reine is considered a National Historic Site. Currently the bastions and exhibit areas are not open to the public, pending restoration.
The Fort la Reine Museum is fundraising for $200,000 to support the Fort la Reine restoration project. Help preserve a historic Canadian legacy and help us to FUND THE FORT!
OUR GOAL: $200,000.00
PLEASE CONTACT US TO DONATE!