The Fort la Reine Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and exhibiting the history of Portage la Prairie and providing educational opportunities, tourism information, and interactive experiences to all visitors.
Fort la Reine Museum is home to 25+ unique heritage structures. The homes and buildings are designed not only to show the artefacts, but also to illustrate the lifestyle of a prairie community from 1738 – 1950. Explore the life of early pioneers, discover the trials of early frontier entrepreneurs, follow along on their journey of trading furs for goods, learn about our regional Indigenous histories, and step back in time to learn about domestic life from the 1850s-1950s.
SEASONAL HOURS OF OPERATION
September 1-2, 2021: Closed for Cleaning and Exhibition Installation
September 3 – October 17, 2021: Open Fri-Sun from 11:00am-3:00pm
SEASONAL ADMISSION PRICES
• Adult: $ 10.00
• 60+: $ 8.00
• Student (Valid Student ID): $ 8.00
• Children (5-12): $ 5.00
• Children (4 and under): Free
• Daily Family Pass*: $ 25.00
• Individual Membership: $ 25.00
• Family Membership: $ 60.00
Members: Free regular admission for a full year, discounts on signature special events, access to resource libraries.
METHOD OF PAYMENT
We prefer card payments at this time.
Fort la Reine Museum is located on Highway 1A just on the outskirts of Portage la Prairie. The museum is situated on 5 acres of land and houses 25+ unique heritage buildings.
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Fort la Reine Museum has one gravel parking lot used for regular museum hours and one extra gravel parking lot for overflow parking and events. The parking lot is situated in front of the grounds and has easy access to the main doors and to the exit of the museum grounds.
TRAVELLING & SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS
We are pleased to host “Unmasking Influenza” from Ingenium Canada from May 16 – August 30, 2021. This exhibition highlights the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918, and makes meaningful comparisons to contemporary aspects of public health. The exhibit features information panels, artefacts. digital video, and interactive activities inside the Visitor Centre. Some exhibition content may be sensitive for some, due to the nature of current Covid-19 pandemic, therefore visitor discretion is advised.
The Fort la Reine Museum shall be installing a new permanent “Women in Uniform” exhibition inside the Southport Military Building. This exhibit features information panels on the contributions women have made while serving in the Canadian Military in the 20th Century.
In the Fall of 2019, we were fortunate to receive a grant from the Community Foundation of Portage and District for our Accessible Education Project. The project included installing 20 new information panels translated into English, French, and Dakota, as well as the installation of 8 new audio effects in our most popular heritage buildings.
Thank you Avery Griffith, Jon Jonasson, Joshua Pashe, and Darryl Taylor for your translation services.