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Reopening Protocols

Following the good news from the Government of Manitoba to gradually restore services across the province, the Winnipeg Art Gallery is pleased to announce it will begin reopening to the public the week of May 5, 2020. New protocols will be in place to protect both visitors and staff, following the government guidelines.


The WAG will maintain the required occupancy level allowing staff and visitors to keep a physical distance of at least two metres, except for brief exchanges. The following steps will be enforced under public health orders:

Social Distancing

• Strict social distancing protocols limiting building capacity including floor markers and signage to prevent congestion
• Touchless payment (i.e. credit and debit cards) is preferred over cash
• Please leave backpacks and large purses at home
• All tours and activities to accommodate physical distancing
• One person (or one household unit) per elevator

Health Precautions & Onsite Cleaning

• In order to help ensure the comfort and safety of all visitors and staff, as of August 11, the WAG has a mandatory face covering policy in place. We ask that all  guests 5 years of age or older wear a mask, scarf, or bandana that covers the nose and mouth while in public spaces at the Gallery. If needed, we do have masks available to purchase for $1
• Hand-sanitation and stringent cleaning practices throughout the galleries
• Staff and patrons must self-screen before visiting the Gallery
• We are currently asking for first names and contact information (phone number, or email) from all patrons for COVID-19 tracing
• Washrooms have frequent sanitization and are restricted to 2 individuals at a time
• Water fountains are temporarily closed, water bottles are permitted in the Gallery. Please be careful around the art
• Both staff and patrons are welcome to wear self-provided masks

We ask all visitors to be mindful of social distancing practices and to prepare to wait in a line as we manage building capacity.

In an effort to reduce physical contact, download our May-August visitor guide and a map of the Gallery!

Thank you for your cooperation. We hope to see you back at the WAG soon!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us


18 thoughts on "Reopening Protocols"

David Sutherland says:

What are your hours now that you have reopened? When is the next free Sunday?

Winnipeg Art Gallery says:

Hi David, our regular hours have resumed, we are open Tuesday-Sunday from 11am-5pm, and until 9pm on Fridays. Our next Free Sunday event has not been confirmed yet but we will make an announcement when we can! Thank you!

Susan says:

Do you plan any docent-led tours of the exhibits? In particular, we would be interested in a docent for the Lemoine Fitzgerald exhibit.

Winnipeg Art Gallery says:

Hi Susan, thanks for your question – we are currently looking at a few options for tours of exhibitions, keep checking back for an announcement!

Rob & Michelle Benedict says:

If someone doesn’t own a bank account? Would you still take cash?

Winnipeg Art Gallery says:

Hi Rob & Michelle, yes, we are still accepting cash! Hope to see you at the WAG!

Angelos says:

We know when art classes starts again

Winnipeg Art Gallery says:

Hi Angelos, we have some 5-week online art classes starting in June! And we’re hoping summer art classes can continue as previously scheduled, please check out this webpage for more information:

Gilbert says:

Hello! Is the Gift Shop open as well? Would like to pay a visit there, at the soonest. Thank you!

Winnipeg Art Gallery says:

Hi there, ShopWAG@The Forks will be opening on Monday, June 1! The Shop at the WAG will open later this summer, after renovations are complete!

Ben says:

Are you summer camps running? Are there lower numbers in each group? What are the deadlines for registration?

Winnipeg Art Gallery says:

Hi Ben, our summer camps are running this year, each camp will have reduced numbers of children (15 per camp). Registration is on now, you can check out what we have available here:

Cindy Lazar says:

Will the Claymakers 3 summer class be running? What precautions are you taking?

Winnipeg Art Gallery says:

Hi Cindy, please contact our studio team for more information, their email is :)

Megan says:

Can tickets be purchased in advance online?

Winnipeg Art Gallery says:

Hi Megan, admission can be purchased at the door, and on our Canada Life Free Sundays (next one being August 9), we ask that you RSVP on our events page! Thanks for your question!

Jen says:

Just wondering if you allow for exemptions from masks for those unable to wear masks for health reasons?

Winnipeg Art Gallery says:

Hi Jen, if you are unable to wear a mask for health reasons, please just notify our front desk when you arrive. Thanks!

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