The Pioneers and Chanoinesses Museum

The Pioneers and Chanoinesses Museum is administered by the Société historique de Lourdes and opened its doors in January 1987.

On May 7th, 1891, Dom Benoît, Chanoine Régulier and two of his companions arrived from France accompanied by approximately forty Swiss and French pioneers. That same summer, on August 15th, Dom Benoît founded his new parish, which he dedicated to our Lady of Lourdes.

The Pioneers Museum offers a great display of artifacts describing life in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. You can learn about the first doctor, the first veterinarian and the founder of Notre-Dame. With models of the train station and a 1920’s kitchen, you really step into a life from long ago.

Half of the museum is dedicated to the "Chanoinesses”, better known as "Les Soeurs du Sauveur”, an order of religious women who came from France to help establish our flourishing community. The model of a schoolroom where the nuns taught shows their importance to our community as well as photos showing all the activities they lead and artwork they created. This museum is a tribute to their education and apostolic work and ensures they will long be remembered.

La Société historique de Lourdes, inc. is excited to announce the museum is now open after having completed a rejuvenation project over the 2022-2023 winter, with financial assistance from Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage’s Community Museum Project Support program.  There are new displays as well as upgrades to some existing displays in the Pioneers’ section.  Museums tell a story and this museum tells the story of the growth of Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes from 1891 to the present day.  There is something for everyone.  So please come and visit. Admission price is $5.00 and for children under 12 admission is free.

Take a virtual tour at!

Pioneers and Chanoinesses Museum
Centre Dom-Benoît
Box 186 - 55 Rogers Street
Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes (MB) R0G 1M0

Telephone: 204-248-7290.

 *Geocache coordinates: N49o 31.853 W098o 33.414
*Accessible Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Pioneers and Chanoinesses Museum is subsidized by the Province of Manitoba.