In 2008 the RM of Sainte-Anne, Manitoba designated the Church of the Enfant-Jésus Heritage Site a Municipal Heritage Site, paving the way for the transition of the church to a rural museum in the summer of 2015. Officially renamed The Dawson Trail Museum in the summer of 2015, the site features a Romanesque style church, a century old cemetery, artifact displays and guided tours. The official grand opening is tentatively scheduled for the summer of 2016.
Located in the heart of the town of Richer, Manitoba, just 30 minutes east of Winnipeg off of the Trans Canada Highway, this historical gem offers you a window on the history of the development of southeastern Manitoba.
Our rural museum is an active member of the Association of Manitoba Museums.
The Dawson Trail Museum planned exhibits will provide a narrative of the area, including an over 100 year history of the site itself, daily life of the people that lived in the community, and the importance of the Dawson Trail to the people that lived and traveled on it.
The site of the Dawson Trial Museum tells an over 100 year old story. We invite you to read a time line of the site's history from its early beginnings in 1901 to the present.
This section of the site will contain interesting stories and items found amongst the archives.
As part of our transition to a museum, we need to upgrade our bathroom, plumbing and install a wheelchair ramp. All our fundraising efforts for the 2015 season will be directed towards this project. We welcome your donations or gifts in kind toward this project. You can Donate directly to the Museum by stopping by the site, or you can Donate on line via PayPal or through our go fund me page.
Donations of $20.00 or more made directly to the museum or through PayPal are eligible for a tax receipt. Payment through our go fund me are not eligible for a tax receipt at this time.
While we are in transition from church to The Dawson Trail Museum offers guided tours of the site in the summer for a small donation of $5.00 per person. Tours are by appointment only, and you can call Yvonne at (204) 422-9369 to arrange your visit.
If you see the doors open when you drive by, we are likely working away, please feel free to stop by and say hello.
There are several ways for you to get involved with the Dawson Trail Museum.