History of the Museum

The Icelandic community in North America long felt the desire to establish a truly ethnic museum to foster the heritage and the culture of its people.

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The Viking’s Purse Gift Shop

features a great selection of imported goods from Iceland, as well as unique “Made in Manitoba” items.


Amma’s Tea Room

Enjoy Icelandic specialties and light lunch at Amma’s Tearoom on site.

The New Iceland Heritage Museum
at the Waterfront Centre

The New Iceland Heritage Museum (NIHM) greets visitors from around the world year round, seven days a week, at its main multi-media location at The Waterfront Centre.

Through the presentation of dynamic permanent exhibits, temporary and traveling exhibits, and through a variety of workshops, lectures and programs the New Iceland Heritage Museum (NIHM) strives to serve the public as a valuable community resource that meets the increasing needs of new audiences and that presents relevant topics and issues in a rapidly changing world.

The museum’s mandate continues to be broad and includes interpreting the history and development of New Iceland; the natural history of Lake Winnipeg and its fishing industry; and to increase cultural awareness through permanent, temporary and traveling exhibits.

Over the years, NIHM has forged many new partnerships to meet the increasing needs of its visitors.

Approximately 15,000 visitors annually attend the various sites of the museum. The museum has received the honour of being designated a Manitoba Signature Museum by the Province of Manitoba. This designation is aimed at selected museums that showcase unique collections and have the potential to be significantly enhanced heritage tourism attractions.


Lady of the Lake Theatre

Our 60 seat theatre is equipped with 12 foot wide screen and an in-house surround sound system making it ideal for meetings, workshops or events. Museum members receive a 50% discount on rental of the theatre and equipment and other museum facilities.

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New Iceland Heritage Museum
#108 - 94 1st Avenue
Gimli, Manitoba R0C 1B1

Phone: (204) 642-4001

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