Doors Open Winnipeg @ Winnipeg Police Museum | May 25-26
May 25, 2019 @ 10:00 am-4:00 pm
245 Smith Street
May 25, 2019 & May 26, 2019
Saturday: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am – 4:00pm
The Winnipeg Police Museum & Historical Society Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of the Winnipeg Police Service and the community we serve.
Guided tours will run throughout the day, lasting 45 minutes, maximum 12 participants per tour.
The Winnipeg Police Museum displays many artifacts related to the history of the Winnipeg Police Force, dating from its beginning in 1874.
There is no entry fee and the building is wheelchair accessible.
Special exhibits in the museum include:
- Archives dating to the 1880s.
- Displays of early equipment such as handcuffs, weapons and old books with handwritten entries. The early police identification camera is there along with “mug shots” of criminals and the glass negatives that the pictures were made from.
- Memorabilia from the famous Winnipeg General Strike of 1919, including batons, armbands and badges issued to the “Special Constables” who were quickly hired to replace the dismissed constables for the duration of the strike.
- A display about Earle ‘The Strangler’ Nelson, a serial sex killer from the United States who was responsible for the deaths of many woman across North America until he was captured in Manitoba and met his own fate in Winnipeg.
- A jail cell from the North End “E” Division built in 1911, which is an interesting attraction especially to children.
- A display on the dangers faced by officers in the line of duty. In addition to several bullet-proof vests that have been used for testing, there is one vest that was not intended for test but in fact saved the life of one officer when he was shot by a known drug dealer.
- Large artifacts, including a restored 1925 REO Patrol Wagon and a restored 1978 Harley-Davidson and sidecar.
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