You’ve been watching it go up from the outside, now you have a chance to be one of the first to get inside the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
Museum officials announced Wednesday that 9,000 members of the public will get free advance tickets for a sneak peek inside the 24,000 square metre, $351-million museum on Sept. 20 and 21 before the public admissions with paid tickets begin on Sept. 27.
Tickets for the free preview can be booked on-line at www.humanrights.ca beginning Sept. 3 at 10 a.m.
People with tickets will get free, one-hour guided tours through four of the museum’s 11 galleries. Tickets will be issued with specific tour times and up to four can be reserved at one time. People can request tours conducted in English or French.
Officials said a limited number of tickets will be available through Winnipeg Public Libraries for those without access to a computer.
"The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is committed to ensuring as many people as possible can take a look inside their new museum during the inaugural weekend," President and CEO Stuart Murray said in a press release.
The tours will run Sept. 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sept. 21 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ticketholders are expected to print their tickets in advance and present them 30 minutes prior to their tour time at the check-in tent outside the museum on Israel Asper Way.
The public preview tours are part of a full weekend of activities and events in celebration of the official opening.
The full line-up for the museum’s opening weekend RightsFest, featuring more than 25 performances and activities for all ages, will be unveiled on Thursday morning at a press conference at The Forks.
In July, museum officials announced the line-up for the free, two-hour Saturday evening concert at the Forks outdoor stage, including Canadian folk legend Bruce Cockburn, renowned First Nations electronic group A Tribe Called Red, award-winning artists Marie-Pierre Arthur and Shad, along with East Coast fiddler Ashley MacIsaac and singer-songwriter/social activist Buffy Sainte-Marie.