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Museums & Heritage Sites

British Columbia's historic places - buildings, other structures, landscapes, historic districts, and other places — are crucial to the understanding, appreciation, and sustainability of BC communities.

From annual heritage tours to the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, heritage villages to countless community museums throughout the province, British Columbia's history is well-preserved.

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Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin

113 North 4th Avenue
Williams Lake BC V2G 2C8
Fax 250.392.7404

Open year-round

See living history - BC's one and only ranching rodeo museum, and Cow Boy Hall of Fame. Located downtown Williams Lake.

Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre

1000 Rancher Creek Road
Osoyoos BC

Summer: 7 days a week 9 am to 7 pm Fall: Mon - Fri 10 am to 4 pm

Celebrate the cultural heritage and desert landscapes of the Osoyoos Indian Band.

This unique and contemporary experience offers on-site cultural programs and interactive displays, such as an aboriginal village set in natural desert surroundings. Guided or self-guided tours wind through 50 acres of sage grasslands and ponderosa pine forests.

Barkerville Historic Town

Barkerville BC

It’s 1862. You are hand-digging through layers of soggy, worthless, frustrating gravel, hoping and praying the next shovel-stroke will expose a fortune in gold. Everyone says it’s crazy, but there’s too much at stake. Then, just when the outcome seems impossibly bleak, at a depth of 52 feet the ground begins to pay. The lead is struck, and the greatest creek side placer gold deposit the world has ever seen is suddenly yours for the taking. This is Barkerville’s story.
Once the largest city west of Chicago and north of San Francisco,
Barkerville is now BC's largest heritage site, boasting more than 135 heritage buildings and displays, chronicling the Cariboo gold rush. A living museum with period gift shops, Heritage B&B;'s, live theatre, gold panning, dining and stage coach rides.
You will treasure the experience!

Interpretive Programs
Richfield Courthouse, Cornish Waterwheel, St. Saviour's Church, Blacksmith's Shop, Wendle House, Schoolhouse, Main Street, Chinatown, The Barker & Co. Shaft House.
Operating Businesses
Stagecoach Rides, Bed & Breakfasts, Theatre Royal, Gold Panning, Restaurants, Gift Shops

Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel

6501 Deer Lake Avenue
Burnaby BC V5G 3T6

Gate admission is free, Carousel Rides are $2.60 each

Where History Comes to Life – Stroll down the streets of our 1920s village exploring at your own pace. The village is a combination of heritage and replica buildings on a 10-acre site. Chat to the period costumed townsfolk who welcome visitors and give demonstrations in the homes, businesses and shops. Popular stops include the blacksmith, the print shop, the General Store, and the garden at the farmhouse. Take a ride on the vintage carousel and indulge in a treat from the Ice Cream Parlour.

Museum at Campbell River

470 Island Hwy Campbell River BC V9W 4Z9

Come and visit our award winning, regional history museum! See, hear and touch our human coastal history — explore our vibrant and contemporary exhibits of First Nations cultures and historic coastal lifestyles, and gain a deeper understanding of the region’s history.
View a five-minute dramatic presentation of The Treasures of Siwidi, featuring spectacular masks and the powerful voice of a local Chief recounting the ancient traditions of his ancestors. Experience coastal history while you sit behind the wheel of an early logging truck, pump water at a settler’s cabin, step aboard a floathouse raft, enter the town’s first hotel, and examine methods and gear of early commercial fishing. Sit back in a cozy retro theatre and view the removal of legendary Ripple Rock with the largest non-nuclear explosion in history. Open year round, make sure you don’t miss the Museum at Campbell River!

Heritage Park Museum

4702 Kerby Ave
Terrace BC

Summer Hours: May- Aug, 10am- 6pm Daily; Off Season: Sept- Apr, by appointment 7 days a week.

Experience early Terrace history through log buildings set up as themed displays on agriculture, communication, forestry, transportation, trapping, mining, and homesteading.
Guided and self-guided tours all day in the summer.

Kelowna Museums

470 Queensway Ave. Kelowna BC V1Y 6S7

Come and discover the storied past of the Okanagan at the KELOWNA MUSEUMS. Visit Kelowna’s vibrant Cultural District and spark an adventure at our five museums. Bring the kids for a weekend craft, sip a new wine or join a guided walking tour. Come Alive with Our History!

Mackin House Museum

1116 Brunette Avenue Coquitlam BC

Operated by the Coquitlam Heritage Society, Mackin House is a 1909 building that has been restored to reflect life in Coquitlam at the turn of the century. Guests may enjoy our hands-on displays and staged rooms. Transport back in time - drop by for a visit or contact us to book a group tour in French or English. Entrance is by donation.

Please visit our website for upcoming events.

Nisga'a Museum/Hli Goothl Wilp Adokshl Nisga'a

810 Highway Drive, PO Box 300, Laxgalts'ap
New Aiyansh BC VOJ 1X0

Welcome to Hli Goothl Wilp-Adokshl Nisga’a, which means “The Heart of Nisga’a House Crests,” a name that acknowledges and celebrates the importance of the four tribes that make up the Nisga’a Nation. The museum displays and incorporates all the Nisga’a crests and the people they represent within its permanent exhibition. The museum’s permanent collection is an assemblage of 300+ art objects that left the Nass Valley in the latter part of the 19th Century and early part of the 20th Century. This unique collection of carved masks, bentwood boxes, headdresses, soul catchers, and other artifacts are Anhooya’ahl Ga’angigatgum’ — the Ancestors’ Collection. (Photo by Gary Fiegehen, 2011)

Pemberton & District Museum & Archives

7455 Prospect Street
PO Box 267 Pemberton BC V0N 2K0

The Pemberton and District Museum and Archives Society (in partnership with the Village of Pemberton) has a collection of artifacts and permanent exhibition’s on site. Pemberton was on the route of the Gold Rush. In 1858 30,000 Gold Rushers passed through Pemberton Valley. Come for a visit and learn about those who came before us in Pemberton and District.

Check our website for current information Note, we are open May 1st to Oct 31st.

R.J. Haney Heritage Village & Museum

751 Highway 97B NE
Salmon Arm BC

Tues to Thurs, 9 am to 3 pm Village Open May 11 - September 17

Explore this beautiful park set on 40-acres of Shuswap farm land. The heritage village features buildings dating back to the early 1900’s. Tour the Haney House, stroll the easy walking trails, visit the Gift Shop, and Marjorie’s Tea Room serving daily lunch specials.

BC Farm Museum

9131 King Street
Fort Langley BC

BC's largest pioneer collection, featuring vintage tractors & farming equipment as well as a library, historical photos and much more. Check out the website for admission prices, and upcoming Events including special displays and family-friendly activities.

"Celebrating 50 years of preserving BC history"

Britannia Mine Museum

Britannia Beach BC
1.800.896.4044; 604.896.2233

Britannia Mine Museum opens up a little-seen world that fascinates all ages.

Just like miners did, visitors climb aboard a train and rumble into an underground tunnel. Let our quick-witted and knowledgeable tour guides usher you to years gone by. It’s a ride that introduces the joys, noise and stories of Britannia’s history and pioneers.

Spend your day panning for gold, enjoying interactive exhibits, gazing at our glittering mineral gallery and exploring 10 acres of Canadian heritage at this National Historic Site.

5 time consecutive recipient of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence.

Located on the Sea to Sky Highway between Vancouver and Whistler. Visit or call 604.896.2233

Britannia Shipyard National Historic Site

5180 Westwater Drive
Richmond BC V7E 6P3

Summer (May 1 — Sept. 30): Monday — Sunday 10am — 5pm Winter (Oct.1 — April 30): Saturday & Sunday 12pm — 5pm

Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site is an authentic representation of a once thriving community of canneries, boat yards, residences and stores. Many of the buildings date back to 1885 and tell the stories of multi-ethnic residents and workers at the Britannia Cannery and Britiannia Shipyards; Chinese, European, First nations and Japanese.

Self-guided tours, brochures, interpretive signage and seasonal exhibits are always available. Free.

Bulkley Valley Museum

1425 Main Street
Smithers BC

Explore the cultural and industrial development of Smithers and the surrounding Bulkley Valley at the Bulkley Valley Museum! Inside the Museum you will find interesting and informative displays on local history and culture, including Smithers "gift to civilization" - the egg carton! Our free Culture Crawl walking tour will guide you through the streets of Smithers to historic buildings, gardens, and exhibits throughout the town. Create a personalized self-guided adventure to northwestern heritage, cultural, and natural sites with our Salmon Trails cultural tourism kiosk. Admission to the Museum is FREE! The Bulkley Valley Museum is yours to discover.

Chilliwack Museum and Archives

45820 Spadina Avenue
Chilliwack BC V2P 1T3

Mon to Fri: 9am - 4:30pm

"Our Window to the Past"
The Chilliwack Museum is located in downtown Chilliwack. Exhibit galleries show how a community of small villages evolved to become a city. Videos, films, a kid's corner and objects are used to tell the Chilliwack story. The Chambers Gallery features changing art displays of local and B.C. artists.

Cottonwood House Historic Site

4660 Barkerville Highway
Quesnel BC V2J 2R3

May to August

Cottonwood House Historic Site is located 26 kilometres east of Quesnel, BC. It is a preserved road house on the Gold Rush Trail to Barkerville Historic Town.

Emily Carr House

207 Government Street
Victoria BC V8V 2K3

Visit the home of the Canadian legend, Emily Carr, one of our first and best known artists and authors. Her birthplace has been restored to reflect its appearance in the 1870s and features contemporary art shows.

Centrally located only four blocks from the Inner Harbour and the Provincial Legislature, the house offers its visitors a chance to gain an insight into Canada's first - and best known - independent artist and writer.

Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site

12138 Fourth Avenue
Richmond BC V7E 3J1

Situated atop wooden pilings over the mighty Fraser River, in Steveston village, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery is one of the few remaining historic 19th century salmon canneries on the coast of BC. Inside the historic building is a museum which commemorates the development of Canada's West Coast Fishing industry from the 1870's to the present.

The Exploration Place

333 Becott Place
Prince George BC

Surround yourself with the extraordinary, the historical, the amazing, the past and the future at The Exploration Place, Prince George’s number one adventure spot for the entire family!

It’s a strictly hands-on experience where children and adults can touch, feel and thoroughly learn about a diverse range of subjects. Innovative exhibits allow visitors to explore the last days of the Titanic, learn about Canada’s Indian Residential Schools, the prison system and the evolution of the motorcycle.

Experience Golden Raven Cultural Projects

Fraser River Discovery Centre

788 Quayside Drive
(next to the public market) New Westminster BC

Discover the living, working Fraser River with interactive exhibits & hands-on programs.

Come…Play…Explore and Discover the stories and diversity of the Mighty Fraser River through fun, hands-on, interactive exhibits, programs and events. The Fraser River Discovery Centre presents the economic, environmental and socio-cultural contributions of the Fraser River to the life, history and future of British Columbia and its people.

Fort Nelson Heritage Museum

PO Box 716
Fort Nelson BC V0C 1R0
(250) 774-3536

The Fort Nelson Heritage Museum is situated just West of the historic Mile 300 milepost on the World Famous Alaska Highway. The museum is located in Fort Nelson, BC, Canada and is operated by the Fort Nelson Historical Society. Fort Nelson is the gateway to the Northern Rocky Mountains and the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area.

Greater Vernon Museum & Archives

3009 -32nd Avenue
Vernon BC V1T 2L8

10am-5pm, Tues to Sat

The diverse and colorful history of the North Okanagan is portrayed through a series of permanent and temporary exhibits, streetscapes and dioramas. Highlights include the Allan Brooks Gallery, military displays and aboriginal history. An extensive archives & research facility is on site along with a gift shop. The museum also boasts five satellite museums within the community.

Grist Mill & Gardens

2691 Upper Bench Rd SS 4
Keremeos BC

Open daily, 9am - 4pm
Victoria Day to Thanksgiving

A BC Heritage Site. Explore 1877 water powered Grist Mill and store. Come enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and garden views of our Tea Room, while savoring one of our delicious buttery scones paired with local jam and fresh lemonade. Or sit outside along the cool Keremeos Creek with fresh baked Grist Mill cookies and old-fashioned steeped iced tea. We also offer the Similkameen Valley's finest organic coffee and moist decadent carrot cake.

Visit for lunch items all of which are handcrafted by our Executive Chef, Natasha Schooten, to feature the finest seasonal ingredients found in our spectacular valley either from our own garden or from our fantastic neighbours. Visit for the day or stay longer at our RV campground. Nestled in the natural beauty of the Similkameen Valley.

Helmcken House

675 Belleville Street
Victoria BC V8W 9W2
Toll Free 1-888-447-7977
Fax 250-387-5674

Helmcken House was built by Dr. John Sebastian Helmcken, a surgeon with the Hudson's Bay Company. It is one of the oldest houses in British Columbia still on its original site. Dr. Helmcken set up house in Victoria when he married the daughter of Governor James Douglas in 1852. He went on to become a statesman and helped negotiate the entry of British Columbia into Canada, as a province. The good doctor's original 19th century medical kit is among the interesting items on display.