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Thompson Okanagan

Museums

Antiques in a window (David Gluns photo)

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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7 Museums in Thompson Okanagan

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Armstrong/Spallumcheen Museum and Art Gallery - Armstrong

3415 Pleasant Valley Rd
Armstrong, British Columbia
V0E 1B0
Websitehttp://www.ArmstrongSpallMuseumArt.com
Toll-free
Phone250-546-8318

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 presenting 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".

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Ashcroft Museum - Ashcroft

402 Brink St
Ashcroft, British Columbia
V0K 1A0
Websitehttp://www.ashcroftbc.ca
Toll-free
Phone250-453-9161

Rated as one of the best museums in the interior, come explore Ashcroft during the late 1800's. Examine First Nation handcrafts & local history & 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 special areas that pay special attention to our First Nation and Chinese inhabitants and the role they played in our history.

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Dreamcycle Motorcycle Museum - Sorrento

3096 Trans Canada Hwy 1
Sorrento, British Columbia
V0E 2W1
Websitehttp://www.dreamcycle.ca
Toll-free
Phone250-253-5094

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.

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Nicola Valley Museum Archives - Merritt

1675 Tutill Crt
Merritt, British Columbia
V1K 1B8
Websitehttp://www.nicolavalleymuseum.org
Toll-free
Phone250-378-4145

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.

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Kelowna Art Gallery - Kelowna

1315 Water St
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 9R3
Websitehttp://www.kelownaartgallery.com
Toll-free
Phone250-762-2226

Located in the heart of Kelowna's Cultural District, the Kelowna Art Gallery features 3 exhibition spaces, an inner courtyard and a hands-on activity area.

We also offer a variety of classes, workshops, art camps talks and events for people of all ages, while serving the Central Okanagan Valley with a variety of exhibitions throughout the year, primarily showcasing contemporary Canadian artists.

Join us for Family Sundays from 1:00-4:00 pm while we explore a weekly theme with hands-on activities led by friendly artist-instructors. Another popular program is our "Free Admission Thursdays" from 3:00- 9:00 pm!

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Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre - Osoyoos

1000 Rancher Creek Rd
Osoyoos, British Columbia
V0H 1V6
Websitehttp://www.nkmipdesert.com
Toll-free888-495-8555
Phone250-495-7901

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 & hands-on displays. Highlights include a reconstructed aboriginal village and in the summer, features 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.

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Secwepemc Museum & Heritage Park - Kamloops

200-355 Yellowhead Hwy
Kamloops, British Columbia
V2H 1H1
Websitehttp://www.secwepemcmuseum.com
Toll-free
Phone250-828-9749

Museum exhibits feature oral history and legends of the Secwepemc (Shuswap) with historical photos and artifacts. Visit archaeological remains of a 2000 year old village, reconstructed pithouses, ethnobotanical gardens showing traditional plant use. A marsh attracts many birds for viewing.

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