Archibald Historical Museum
Our Hours of Operation
HISTORY OF THE ARCHIBALD MUSEUM
The Archibald Museum is your opportunity to step back into history and share a moment in the lives of your grandparents or great-grandparents.
The Museum is a work in progress aimed at creating a "living museum...a museum that contains a sense of the people who, not so long ago, thought, laughed and cared deeply about the world in which they lived." .
Credit for so much of this wonderful collection goes to the former curator, the late Wm. R. Wallcraft. His goal was to keep some evidence of the heritage of early generations within the area they settled. Thirty-five years ago Mr. Wm. R. Wallcraft started collecting the articles that are displayed here. Over the years, the museum has become home to many treasures, a great number donated by other members of the community with the trust that they would be lovingly displayed for future generations. Mr. Wallcraft is grateful for the contibutions of others.So what started as a small collection of farm machinery and vintage cars grew...and grew...and grew..
The Archibald Historical Museum honors the work and life of Nellie (Mooney) McClung...a teacher, writer, lecturer, advocate of women's rights and legislator.
Nellie was well known in the Archibald community as she taught at the neighbouring Hazel School and later taught, married and lived in Manitou. Because of this connection, two of Nellie's former homes are an integral part of the museum.
You will visit "The McClung House" where Nellie and her husband, Wesley McClung, and family lived in Manitou between 1904 and 1911. This house was purchased by the late Dave Later and moved to La Riviere. It was donated to the museum by Noel Later in memory of his father.
THE TIN HOUSE
"The Tin House", built by pioneer farmer and and building contractor, J. J. Wilson, is well named, not only for its tin exterior but also for interior tin ceilings and walls. This home, originally situated two miles away, was donated by Henry Wiebe and is furnished in the era of 1910.
THE LOG HOUSE
"The Log House" from the Hazel District, described so well in Nellie's book,
Clearing in the West
, is typical of farm homes of the period. It was donated to the museum with funds to move and repair by the late Harvey Foster.
"The Church", the most recent acquisition, is the former Archibald Methodist Church, built in 1896. Donated by Konrad Farms, Ltd., in 1997, the church, when restored will house much of its original furniture including the organ, pulpit and pews.
True to its agricultural history, the museum also displays a host of farm machinery and tolls housed in "The Barn", "The Granary", "The Shed" and outdoors on the spacious grounds.
THE F. A. TWILLEY MUSEUM
An additional feature if the "F. A. Twilley Museum". The late Fred Twilley, pioneer from the Swan River Valley, was an enthusiastic collector, particularly on Native artifacts. He was also a writer of some repute: he wrote Between the Hills, Swan River Vignettes, Life in the Old West, and many articles and poems. Twilley wanted his collection preserved here and provided funds for the museum.
La RIVIERE C. P. R. STATION
The CPR originally built "The Station" in La Riviere in 1898. As a divisional point, La Riviere soon became a repair depot with a roundhouse and a turntable. The station was moved to the museum in 1986 and designated as a provincial heritage site in 1994 because of its unique "mansard" roof. It now sports a new platform, track and many railroad artifacts such as "jiggers" and Morse Code equipment.
TO VIEW OUR MUSEUM
We open the second Monday of May and close after Monday of the Labour Day weekend. Large tours should be booked in advance and special rates may be arranged. We may provide tours during our off hours if booked in advance, and staff is available. We charge admission and offer guided tours only. All ground floors are wheelchair accessible.
12 noon to 8:00 pm.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday
Closed Wednesday & Thursday
The Museum is located:
2 miles East of La Riviere and 4 miles North off #3 Hwy. or
4 miles West of Manitou and 4 miles North off #3 Hwy. or
2 miles West of St. Leon and 7 miles South of #23 Hwy.
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ARCHIBALD HISTORICAL MUSEUM
Box 97, La Riviere, MB., R0G 1A0
Telephone: (204)242-2825 OR 242-2554 OR 242-2235