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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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Fraser River Discovery Centre - New Westminster

788 Quayside Dr
New Westminster, British Columbia
V3M 6Z6

As the Voice of the Fraser, the Fraser River Discovery Centre connects individuals to BC's largest water system, the Fraser River. Together families will discover interesting facts about the Mighty Fraser through fun, hands-on, interactive exhibits, programs & events. No matter the age, there is something for everyone. So come, play, explore & discover!

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Arts & Cultural Guide to British Columbia - New Westminster


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