Virden Pioneer Home Museum
Established in 1970, the museum holds over 6,000 items relating to the Victorian era of Virden's history as displayed in the main house. The original home itself was constructed in 1888 and the three additional annexes were constructed at a later date to display items from the subsequent era's depicting our local heritage and culture. For pre-arranged group tours and special events, the staff is costumed in the attire of the era.
The museum hosts an annual “Museum Day” during the summer. It features discounted rates for tours, a BBQ lunch, and live music
End of May - End of August
Monday – Saturday
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Adults - $5
Children - $2
Manitoba Antique Auto Museum
Access Road, Trans Canada Highway
Elkhorn, MB R0M 0N0
The Museum is home to one of the most extensive antique automobile collections in North America and attracts thousands of visitors every year who take a walk into the past and relive many memories of yesteryear.
May 1st – September 30th
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Adults - $10
17 & Under - $2
6 & Under – Free
Group Rates Available
Woodworth Millennium Museum
Leander Lawlor House, Earl Street
Kenton, MB R0M 0Z0
This two-story wooden residence in the village of Kenton, in the Rural Municipality of Wallace-Woodworth, was built in the early 20th century by local businessman Leander Lawlor. It later became a community museum, tours of which are by appointment only.
CPR Station Historic Centre
The Canadian Railway Station was constructed in 1900 after the original wood frame station burnt in 1899. It has been restored and declared a heritage building in 1994. It's unique fieldstone and overhanging eaves style was common with many rail stations in larger centers.
In the early years, many new immigrant farmers and businessmen would have first disembarked from the train at this location and passed through the doors of this station.
Today, it houses the Virden and Area Arts Council and the Virden Chamber of Commerce. Also included is an art gallery and a separate board room area.
Monday – Thursday
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
The Aud Theatre
The Aud Theatre was built in 1911 as part of the municipal building. The building was open to the public on February 29, 1912. The building consisted of a government telephone exchange room, a new courtroom, three large offices, and the opera house, costing $32,500.00.
The population at this time was about 1500. The Aud Theatre was built by W.T. Manser. The comedy "the Misogynist” was the first to play in the theatre. The Great Eastern Sign Painting Co. of Toronto supplied the 22x30ft curtain. During the ’30s and '40s, the Aud was a movie theatre.
The Ceiling on the stage was originally 40ft high but it was lowered to 24ft to save heat. The building was originally heated by steam which was replaced with electric heat in 1984-85 after the renovation and re-opening in 1983. When the theatre fell into disrepair it closed as a movie theatre and the town council was preparing to demolish it.
A local steering committee was formed to save it, and after substantial renovations, it was re-opened in April 1983. The lower level consists of 257 seats and the upper level consists of 210 seats. The majestic curve of the balcony gives the audience a panoramic view of the stage. On either side, there are two double-decker boxes or loges which add an air of sophistication.
St Mary’s Anglican Church
This structure is a great example of fieldstone construction. Much of the stone for the fieldstone construction came from along the top of the Assiniboine River Valley. The first church was a frame structure built by Clayton& Sons in 1885. This was the first church building in Virden. Masonry work was done by Mr. Saul of Carberry with carpentry done by Mr. Harrington of Winnipeg. Walter Chesterton a Winnipeg architect designed this notable structure while building the school across the street. The cloister and fence were added in 1952. The church features two stained glass windows created by famous artist and sculptor Leo Mol. The church also features a stained glass medallion window. This window was presented by the city of Brugge, Belgium to honor the 12th Manitoba Dragoons.
Worship Service: Sunday at 10:30 am
F.J. Goulding House
Today it is a private residence. Built in 1893 by Dr. Goulding, the fieldstone house represents a prime example of early prairie architectural designs with bi-level verandas and upper lookout.