It’s Friday night and you don’t really know what to do.

You could go to a club, but you’ve done that too many times to count ⁠— you need something original. Well, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights has the perfect solution for you. You can start your weekend off right with Friday Night Rights!

Every Friday, you have the chance to explore some incredible exhibits, take in a live art performance, catch up with friends over dinner and drinks at ERA Bistro (which offers new specials every week!), and browse through some amazing items at the museum’s gift shop. All this for only $5 after 5 p.m., plus admission is free on the first Friday of every month!

And, incredibly, that’s not all that you can do!

The museum is also offering free VIP-access guided tours which will take you behind-the-scenes. You'll get an eye-opening glimpse into what’s been dubbed “Canada’s most beautiful building.” Consider this tour your all-access pass! The Canadian Museum for Human Rights aims to shine a light in the darkest of corners and share the stories of people who created change; a trip here will definitely inspire you to emulate them.

This place also presents information in a revolutionary manner. The oldest form of communication — storytelling — is mixed with the latest technology to create a one-of-a-kind experience. There are colourful light-bubble projections that show the power of inclusion. There’s also a 360-degree theatre that communicates Indigenous perspectives on rights and responsibilities. This museum will enlighten you in ways that you didn’t even think were possible. For example, find out how a prom dress challenged racial segregation or how standing up to bullying promotes vital human rights.

One can't-miss event is coming up soon! On Jan. 31, Friday Night Rights is partnering with La Nuit des idées (Night of Ideas) for an evening of local arts, music, and ideas. There will be dance performances and short film screenings from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., and panel discussions in both French and English from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

At 8 p.m., there will be a special film screening of Maestro – Symphony for Humanity, a new film about Alexander Mickelthwate, Director Emeritus of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. After the movie finishes, get up close and personal with the filmmaker Nihad Ademi.

Wrap things up with live musical performances by Kelly Bado and Jérémie and the Delicious Hounds from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. The best part? All of this is free with your $5 admission. You can find more details by clicking here.

While you’re enjoying all the live music and food, it'll be impossible not to be impressed by the museum’s stunning architecture. The museum has forever changed Winnipeg’s skyline, as the building rises from the earth like a glass mountain surrounded by a sparkling cloud. On second viewing, this cloud becomes the folded wings of a dove, representing peace and hope. Inside, the museum starts off as dark, but becomes lighter and ends with a panoramic view of Winnipeg.

All this means that you’ll leave the museum with a sense of hope for the future. So, next time Friday rolls around, skip the club and hit up the Canadian Museum for Human Rights instead. You definitely won’t regret it!

Friday Night Rights at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Price: $5 after 5 p.m. on Friday and free on the first Friday of every month!

When: Every Friday night; La Nuit des idées is on Jan. 31

Address: 85 Israel Asper Way, Winnipeg, MB R3C 0L5

Why you need to go: The perfect opportunity to enjoy live music, eat great food, and learn incredible historical facts.

See what’s happening each week at humanrights.ca

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