Our museum contains three permanent exhibits and additional rotating exhibits throughout the year. To see what is on right now please check out our calendar on the “What’s On?” page!
If you are part of a group seeking to book a tour of the museum or a particular exhibit, please contact the office for more details!
Manitoba Telecom Services History
Before it was Bell MTS, did you know that Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS) was called Manitoba Telephone System from 2004 to 1921? Before that it was called Manitoba Government Telephones! Did you also know that our museum is located in the former MTS building in downtown Brandon?
Come and see our collection of phones throughout history and read about the origins of Manitoba Telecom Services from past to present. Check out our interactive exhibits in this gallery and try to dial your mother (when was the last time you called her?) on one of our rotary phones or in the original MTS phone booth we have in the lobby!
Glimpses of Brandon Past
When Brandon first became a city in 1882, the local government consisted of one Mayor and twelve Aldermen, which are known today as City Councillors. In this section of the museum we have the original furnishings that the Aldermen and Mayors would use during their council meetings; desks, chairs, the Mayor’s Throne, and even the original typewriter from the City Council Chambers.
Brandon’s timeline of mayors, from Thomas Mayne Daly to present, are represented across the walls. Along with the Remarkable Women of Brandon and Area, showcasing the many women that helped transform Brandon into the city it is today.
Take a trip into local history with our gallery of photos from Brandon past. Photographs of buildings and sites from the ages have been pulled from our archives and are available to see in this exhibit.
The BJ Hales Natural History Collection (Taxidermy Gallery)
In 1913, BJ Hales acquired the taxidermy collection of George Atkinson, a taxidermist and naturalist, from Portage la Prairie. This collection was the nucleus of what would become the BJ Hales Museum of Natural History.
In 1964 and until 2008, Brandon College (now Brandon University) adopted the collection and continued to add to the collection. Dr John Lane, noted “birdman” of Brandon, was the first curator of the museum.
The purpose of the BJ Hales Museum of Natural History was to collect, preserve, and display artifacts of the natural history of Manitoba.
The 700 – 800 strong collection encompassed an almost complete collection of birds and mammals found in Manitoba, an egg collection, a geological collection and a collection of archaeological artifacts.
Following an agreement with the Brandon School Division, part of the collection has been on display here at the Brandon General Museum since 2013.
William G. Hobbs Tribute Gallery
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Our museum gift shop offers a variety of toys and souvenirs to remember your visit to the Brandon General Museum & Archives!