Welcome to Souris-Glenwood A beautiful, fun, progressive community
Welcome to Souris-Glenwood
A beautiful, fun, progressive community

Hillcrest Museum


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.

Upcoming Events

10:00 am Hillcrest Museum presents the 45...
Hillcrest Museum presents the 45...
Nov 16 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Hillcrest Museum presents the 45th Annual Souris Hobbycraft (Funds raised from this event will go towards projects at Hillcrest Museum in Souris.) 60 tables of crafts, sewing, knitting, crocheting, baking, canning, home based business and[...]
7:30 pm Old Fashion Christmas at Hillcre...
Old Fashion Christmas at Hillcre...
Dec 6 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Come celebrate an Old Fashioned Christmas at Hillcrest Museum. The museum will be transformed in to a beautiful and quaint setting of Christmas décor. The evening will feature local entertainment and delicious food. Tickets are[...]
10:00 am Country Homemade Craftsale
Country Homemade Craftsale
Dec 7 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Country Homemade Craftsale @ Carroll Memorial Hall
The Littlest “Big One” Homemade Craft Sale Carroll Memorial Hall 18km East of Souris on #2 hwy Saturday Dec 7th 10am – 2pm Featuring a wide variety of handmade crafts from local talent Lunch and[...]