Next time you're on the other side of our northern border, make a beeline for one of these new cultural institutions.
A display at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Credit: Courtesy of Canadian Museum for Human Rights

From Whistler to Winnipeg, compelling institutions are opening across Canada, combining thoughtful collections with arresting design. Whether you're interested in exploring the history and culture of local First Nations tribes or catching a glimpse of significant contemporary artworks from around the world, these recent and forthcoming museum additions will have you covered. And these spots aren't just in Canada's largest cities: notable cultural institutions have been arriving in smaller provincial capitals as well, ensuring there's a place to expand your horizons no matter where your travels take you. Dive into the nation's cultural offerings ahead.

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

This three-year-old museum in the capital of Manitoba — the first of its kind — hosts exhibits on an array of human rights issues from genocide to bullying. "Points of View," which runs through February, features 70 photographs exploring freedom of expression, the environment, and diversity. Each photo, sourced from a photographer somewhere in Canada, is accompanied by a caption describing how the artist interprets the theme displayed in their work. .

Remai Modern

The copper-colored exterior and large windows of this modern art museum, which opened in October, have transformed the skyline of Saskatchewan's largest city. Inside you'll find nearly 8,000 works, including a collection of Picasso linocuts and ceramics, as well as stunning views of the South Saskatchewan River.

Audain Art Museum

Take a break from the slopes to visit this new institution in British Columbia dedicated to regional art — think Northwest Coast First Nations masks and a robust Emily Carr collection. Though just steps from the village, the space, designed to blend in with the surrounding trees, creates a sense of seclusion.

Museum of Contemporary Art

Formerly known as mocca, the institution is scheduled to reopen next spring in a new, 55,000-square-foot location in Junction Triangle. When it reopens in the new space, the institution will shift its focus from contemporary works from Canadian artists to pieces from around the globe.

Illusuak Cultural Centre

Construction on the Illusuak Cultural Centre in northern Newfoundland & Labrador is well underway, and the space is slated to open next year. Designed by Todd Saunders, the curves of the wood-clad exterior continue inside, where the language, traditions, and stories of the local Inuit will be displayed through permanent exhibits and performances.

By Travel + Leisure and Travel + Leisure Staff