The Canadian Museum for Human Rights has set out its admission rates as it prepares to open its doors this fall.

The CMHR, much talked about over the years, opens Sept. 20 at The Forks. It is the first national museum to be established in Canada since 1967 and the first ever outside the Ottawa region.

It is also the first museum in the world "solely dedicated to the evolution, celebration and future of human rights," according to a CMHR statement, which estimated 250,000 people are expected to visit each year.

Admission rates are:

  • Adults — $15
  • Youth (age seven to 17) — $8
  • Students and seniors — $12
  • Under the age of seven — free
  • Family (maximum six people) — $42
  • Family membership — $95

​​Other membership price ranges are available for adults ($50), students and seniors ($35), senior couple ($60), adult couple ($90).

 School groups will be able to visit for $5 per student per program, for both interpreter-led programs (available for K-12) and self-guided visits (available groups of students over age 10). School-group registration starts in October 2014 for programs beginning in January 2015.

"We've developed a rate structure that delivers high value for all visitors to this unique, world-class museum. Our prices are designed to be comparable to other national museums and aligned with local attractions," said Jacques Lavergne, one of the CMHR's directors.

"For the cost of a night at the movies or pizza for the family, visitors can experience a journey of inspiration unlike anything they've seen before, inside one of the most stunning buildings in Canada."

Long road to now

The museum has been in the works since 2003, when Winnipeg businessman and media mogul​ Izzy Asper first announced plans to create it.

When Asper died suddenly of heart failure later that same year, his daughter Gail became the driving force behind fundraising for the project, which was expected to cost about $200 million and open by 2007.

The opening date was continually pushed back, often due to spiralling construction costs forcing additional fundraising. In the end, more than 7,000 donors stepped up and the final construction tally was $351 million.

The federal government essentially took over the project in 2007 and has committed to cover $21.7 million in annual operating costs.

Even though it has yet to open, the CMHR has won a handful of awards for design and engineering.

It took 3,540 people three years to build the 12-storey, 260,123-square-foot building.