Step back in time by visiting Hillcrest Museum. Located adjacent to the famous Swinging Bridge, this heritage building sits prominently on the banks overlooking the Souris River. Visitors will see a wide variety of artifacts and period displays that depict what life was like in the 1900’s. Its castle-like design, reminiscent of England, makes it a unique structure and a popular tourist attraction in Manitoba.
The Museum, originally known as “Squire Hall”, was built in 1910. Commissioned by Fred Sowden, son of the town’s founder, Squire Sowden, it was designed by local architect, Carter Brindle. The building features an etched glass entrance leading to an ornate wooden staircase. As you walk through, you will notice the unique stained glass windows, pressed tin ceilings and original woodwork. Its balconies offer magnificent views of the Souris River, and you will experience the rich culture and history of our community. The Museum is designated as one of Canada’s most important heritage properties.
- Period displays showcasing life in the 1900s
- Historical and aboriginal artifacts and collections
- Extensive collection of historical pictures and documents
- Memorabilia from community members who fought in World Wars
- Early medical and dental instruments
- Extensive mounted butterfly collection
- Separate displays of agricultural tools and equipment
- Vintage fire engine
- CPR caboose
Open daily July 1st until Labour Day weekend.
Group tours and off-season visits are available by appointment.
Admission fees are $5.00 per adult, $3.00 per student, children under 5 are free.