The Manitoba Museum Act
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This version is current as of January 25, 2023.
It has been in effect since August 11, 2007.

Note: Earlier consolidated versions are not available online.


C.C.S.M. c. M270

The Manitoba Museum Act

HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:

Continuation of corporation


The Manitoba Museum is continued as a body corporate (hereinafter referred to as the "corporation").

S.M. 1996, c. 33, s. 3; S.M. 2006, c. 32, s. 2.

Head office


The head office of the corporation shall be in The City of Winnipeg, in Manitoba, or at such place in Manitoba as may be determined from time to time by its board.



The purposes of the corporation are

(a) to serve as an educational institution;

(b) to establish and maintain a museum and a planetarium;

(c) to exhibit collections;

(d) to conduct research; and

(e) to perform all functions normally and usually performed by a museum or by a planetarium.

Power to acquire property


The corporation may by purchase, lease, grant, donation, gift, devise, bequest or otherwise, acquire, hold, own, control, lease, receive income from, improve, develop, manage, or administer property of every nature and description whether real or personal and wheresoever situate and subject to any terms, provisions or conditions that may be attached to any donation or gift of property by the donor thereof, the corporation may sell or otherwise dispose of any property, real or personal, owned, held or controlled by it.

Donations to corporation


Any form of words are sufficient to constitute a donation or gift to the corporation for the purposes of this Act if the donor indicates an intention to contribute presently or prospectively to the corporation.



S.M. 1996, c. 33, s. 4.

7(1) and (2)   Repealed, S.M. 1996, c. 33, s. 5.

Refusal of gifts


The corporation is not obliged to accept any donation, gift, bequest or devise that it does not wish to accept.

S.M. 1996, c. 33, s. 5.



S.M. 1996, c. 33, s. 6.

Borrowing by corporation


The corporation may from time to time borrow from a bank or from any corporation or person such sum of money as may be required for the purposes of the corporation and give promissory notes or other evidence of debt in connection therewith and, if deemed necessary or expedient, may assign, mortgage or pledge, any of its properties or assets to secure the repayment of any money borrowed.

S.M. 2002, c. 47, s. 30.

Profit of members


No part of the income or assets of the corporation shall enure to the personal benefit of any member of the corporation by reason only of his or her membership therein.

S.M. 1996, c. 33, s. 7.



The number and classification of members, the various classifications of members, the voting and other rights attached to each classification, and the conditions of membership, shall be fixed from time to time by the board of the corporation.



The board of the corporation may make any by-law it considers necessary for the purposes of the corporation.

S.M. 2006, c. 32, s. 3.

By-laws respecting members of boards


A by-law of the corporation respecting the election of members of the board or the term of office of members of the board has no effect unless confirmed by at least 2/3 of the members of the corporation present at a general meeting called for that purpose.

S.M. 2006, c. 32, s. 4.

Composition of board


The affairs of the corporation are to be administered by a board consisting of 12, 14 or 16 members of the corporation, as fixed from time to time by a resolution of the board.

S.M. 2006, c. 32, s. 5.

Elected board members


One-half of the members of the board are to be elected as provided in the by-laws of the corporation.

S.M. 2006, c. 32, s. 5.

Appointed board members


One-half of the members of the board are to be appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. Each is to hold office for the term fixed in his or her appointment, which must not exceed three years.

Appointment continues


A member appointed under this section continues to hold office until he or she is reappointed, the appointment is revoked or a successor is appointed.



The Lieutenant Governor in Council may fill a vacancy on the board for a member who was appointed under this section by appointing a person to fill the unexpired term of the former member.

S.M. 2006, c. 32, s. 5.

Application of Corporations Act


Except in so far as they may be inconsistent with the provisions of this Act, all provisions of The Corporations Act that apply to a corporation incorporated under Part XXII of The Corporations Act apply to the corporation.