The Transcona Museum’s collection is the heart of the museum.  The primary function of the museum’s collection is to document the growth and development of the community of Transcona and surrounding Springfield district through the collection, preservation and interpretation of artifacts and archival materials.  We are also guided in our collecting through our mission statement: “To preserve and promote the community spirit of Transcona through sharing our history and stories for the benefit of all.”  During the 50+ years of its existence, the Transcona Museum has accumulated 53,000+ objects of historical and natural significance.

Transcona Museum Archives


The Transcona Museum Archives collects documents and photographs reflecting the history of Transcona and surrounding area.

Transcona Museum Artifacts


The collection of over 4,000 community-based artifacts, many of which were used by people in Transcona.

Transcona Museum Textiles


The museum preserves an impressive collection of over 800 clothing and textiles articles from Transcona residents. 

The Collections

Transcon Museum Archaeology/Ethnology

Archaeology & Ethnology

The Transcona Museum maintains the Cecil Patterson Archaeology Collection which contains 3,500+ artifacts from over 80 archaeological sites across Manitoba. 

Natural History

The collection represents the natural history of Manitoba. The C.S. Quelch Lepidoptera Collection contains over 8,000 butterfly and moth specimens from around the world.

Locomotive CN 2747

CN 2747

Our largest artifact, the historic locomotive CN 2747 was the first steam engine built in Western Canada at the Canadian National Railway shops here in Transcona in April 1926.

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Sharing Transcona’s community history and stories from the heart of the museum. 

The Artefacts Canada database contains more than 4 million object records from Canadian museums.

View select photograph collections from the Transcona Museum Archives.

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