NIHM (Waterfront Centre) 10am – 4pm 7 days a week

New Iceland Heritage Museum

“Please visit the the New Iceland Heritage Museum where the story of New Iceland, a unique chapter in Canada’s history, unfolds through the use of dynamic multi-media exhibits featuring an 18- foot history mural and a painting that “comes to life”. A sixty-seat theatre, a tent and cabin dioramas complete the experience. ”  Julianna Roberts, Executive Director

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

Remember to explore this history at the Lake Winnipeg Visitor Centre during the summer months.

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.

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Guided Tours

Guided tours

Local guides will take you on a walking tour suited to your groups specific interests. Get the most out of your visit. Book a tour (groups of 10 or more)

Basic Tour, Vikings & Runes and “Experience New Iceland”

You will experience the past as you explore key locations and icons along Gimli’s waterfront that tell the story of the arrival and settlement of the Icelandic settlers in Manitoba. Knowledgeable local guides will take you on a walking tour suited to the specific interests of your group.

Tours are conducted in English. French and Icelandic speaking tours are possible based on the availability of our bilingual volunteer guides.

  • Recommended time for group tours is one and a half to three hours.
  • Maximum size of group tour that we can accommodate is 20 people.
  • Guided Group Tours are $4.00 per person and can be customized to suit the needs and interests of groups.
  • Tours must be booked a minimum of one week in advance. Hours are the same as the NIHM daily hours of operation.
  • Theatre is available with VHS, DVD and PowerPoint presentation capacity. Please call for details.

Wooden Trunk

Experience the rich cultural heritage in Gimli, Manitoba, a beautiful resort town on the shores of Lake Winnipeg.