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Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. Georges Museum / Winnipeg River Museum (St. Georges, RM of Alexander)

This museum at St. Georges in the Rural Municipality of Alexander was opened in 1970 with Jean Dupont as its founding curator. The original museum building was destroyed by fire in 2014 and a new building replaced it with a new name, the Winnipeg River Museum.

Located in the second building that houses larger artifacts, the original St-Georges ferry, built in 1946, shuttled passengers across the Winnipeg River for three decades. Decommissioned in 1974, it was purchased by the St-Georges Historical Society and became the museum's greatest attraction. Housed in a separate garage apart, the ferry was spared from the fire that destroyed the main museum building. The restoration of the ferry began in 2019.

The original St. Georges Museum building

The original St. Georges Museum building (September 2013)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Aerial view of the Winnipeg River Museum

Aerial view of the Winnipeg River Museum (October 2020)
Source: George Penner

Entrance to the Winnipeg River Museum

Entrance to the Winnipeg River Museum (October 2020)
Source: George Penner

The original St-Georges ferry in the Winnipeg River Museum

The original St-Georges ferry in the Winnipeg River Museum (July 2021)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Ferryman's sleeping arrangements and kitchen stove in the Winnipeg River Museum

Ferryman's sleeping arrangements and kitchen stove in the Winnipeg River Museum (July 2021)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.53838, W96.14633
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

We thank George Penner and Rose Kuzina for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 August 2021

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