Antiques in a window (David Gluns photo)
In the Thompson Okanagan, large cities like Kelowna and Kamloops have an impressive selection of museums.
The real history of the Okanagan, though, is found in small, local museums that capture the charm and pioneer spirit of the land and people.
Explore the grandeur of a restored Lake Okanagan sternwheeler in Penticton, or delve into the lives of early gold miners at the Mascot Gold Mine. Look to Princeton's museum for a world-class fossil display or to Secwepemc Museum and Heritage Park for First Nations history.
Visitor Centres have information on local museums and historic sites. Check the hours of operation for museums, as they may vary by season.
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9 Museums in Thompson Okanagan
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3415 Pleasant Valley Rd
Armstrong, British Columbia
Armstrong/Spallumcheen Museum and Art Society operates a museum, archives and art gallery. This facility is open to the public by donation and makes available the artifacts, archival material and artwork of this region. The Society actively collects, organizes, houses, preserves and presents this material.
We have monthly art shows showcasing artists of the North Okanagan from May through to the last week of November. The museum also operates a gift shop and contains books and postcards from the local area as well as work from local artisans.
In December we are open the last 3 weekends for the Christmas season and "Festival of Trees".
402 Brink St
Ashcroft, British Columbia
Rated as one of the best museums in the interior, come explore Ashcroft during the late 1800's. Examine First Nation handcrafts and local history and see China Town in its heyday.
A visit to our museum is much like walking down a country lane and peaking into different homes and businesses. See a dining room table set for dinner or allow a local mercantile to take you back in time. We are fortunate to have some very rare items in our exhibit. There are also special areas that pay special attention to our First Nation and Chinese inhabitants and the role they played in our history.
3096 Trans Canada Hwy 1
Sorrento, British Columbia
Dreamcycle Motorcycle Museum has a world class, varied collection of motorcycles that spans 100+ years that includes "rarely seen" models.
Every motorcycle enthusiast will see something that connects with them. Even the "not-into-motorcycles" visitor will enjoy the art and beauty and interesting history of the motorcycles. The older visitor will walk among memories of days gone by and the young people will be inspired to dream. Audio tours are included with admission.
Visit the Gift Shop for souvenirs to high end collectibles for the discerning shopper. We feature many local artisans' wares. Stop by adjacent Sprokkets Cafe for delicious homemade food and scrumptious desserts.
1675 Tutill Crt
Merritt, British Columbia
Featured among our many displays are the 4 corner stones of our development: mining, ranching, logging & the railway. Pioneers, First Nations, James Teit & The Cowboy Judge Henry Castillou are also part of our historic collection portraying the way we were.
Admission is by donation
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1315 Water St
Kelowna, British Columbia
Located in the heart of Kelowna's Cultural District in downtown Kelowna, the Kelowna Art Gallery welcomes visitors to explore the four exhibition spaces that showcase a variety of work by local, regional, and nationally recognized artists.
Join us for Family Sundays, offered every Sunday from 1:00-4:00 pm, for an exciting hands-on, art activity led by friendly artist-instructors. Admission to the exhibitions is also included.
Be sure to take advantage of our "Free Admission Thursdays!" when we stay open late from 10:00 am- 9:00 pm.
7804 Kidston Rd
Coldstream, British Columbia
Mackie Lake House takes you back to the era of exquisite craftsmanship & features unusual styling combining arts & crafts elements with a stately chateau-style roof. Inside, pick your favourite spot - the attention to detail & the finely crafted elements welcome you as a special guest & invite you in. Nestled on the shores of Kalamalka Lake in Coldstream the Mackie Lake House is set into spacious grounds with a spectacular view.
The Mackie Lake House Foundation opens this 1910 Heritage Home & Grounds for meetings & seminars, weddings & small receptions. An event attended or booked at Mackie Lake House offers a unique & memorable experience.
Join us in the summer months for regularly scheduled tours, Artist-in-Residence & Writer-in-Residence programs, plus other special events.
1000 Rancher Creek Rd
Osoyoos, British Columbia
Experience "The Land, the Legends and the People" at Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre, a cultural and outdoor desert experience. View arts and cultural exhibits, audio-visual presentations and interactive displays featuring Okanagan First Nations culture and desert plants and animals.
The 22 ha site features walking trails through the sagebrush habitat, outdoor sculptures and hands-on displays. Highlights include a reconstructed aboriginal village and in the summer, daily guided walks, cultural programs and rattlesnake demonstrations. Visit Coyote's Gifts for First Nations art, jewelry, books, clothing and giftware.
Located in an award-winning, sustainable building.
751 Hwy 97B NE
Salmon Arm, British Columbia
R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum is the Shuswap's largest heritage attraction. Tour through the restored 1910 Haney House and explore the village, rich in history with 14 historical or replicated buildings. Discover interesting exhibits in the museum, the kids can pan for "Haney Gold" and visit the gift shop.
Take a walk on our beautiful nature trails. Visit the heritage gardens. Marjorie's Tea Room offers a daily lunch special and homemade desserts.
Sure to be a highlight of your visit, reserve your seat at Villains and Vittles Dinner Theatre during July and August with shows, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday. A homestyle meal and play promises to delight audiences.
Junction Hwy 97/99
Cache Creek, British Columbia
Long before the Gold Rush miners, settlers & ranchers arrived in this valley, people of the Shuswap Nation followed a nomadic lifestyle here. The Shuswap Native village is operated by members of the local Bonaparte (Stuctwesemc) Band & features traditional shelters, hunting & fishing gear, cook pits & a "kekuli" pit house, built half above & half underground. Our guides will show you the crafts, tools & technologies of a self-sufficient culture that has always closely integrated the natural resources of this region into their lifestyle.