Antiques in a window (David Gluns photo)
New Westminster, British Columbia's oldest city (est. 1859) and original provincial capital, has several interesting museums that celebrate its rich history.
New West Museum and Archives
Compact but informative, the New Westminster Museum and Archives features exhibits that document everything from the city's early Gold Rush years to the devastating Great Fire of 1898 to the British Columbia Penitentiary that closed in 1980.
Admire a red 1876 stagecoach built for the Governor-General of Canada, learn about the Royal Engineers (bricklayers, blacksmiths, cartographers, and others) who built New Westminster under the command of the British army, and buy historical books in the gift shop. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. Hours are 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. from May to August, and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. from September to April.
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