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Vancouver, Coast & Mountains

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Antiques in a window (David Gluns photo)

Exploration, settlement, and industry are themes at museums in the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains region.

Step into 19th century British Columbia at Fort Langley National Historic Site, a bustling outdoor "living museum," or don 19th century garb at the historic townsite of Yale.

Ride down a dark mining tunnel at the Britannia Mine Museum, or look to the skies to see restored aircraft at the Canadian Museum of Flight. Vintage railcars are firmly rooted on the ground at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park.

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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BC Farm Museum - Fort Langley

9131 King St
Fort Langley, British Columbia
V1M 2R6
Websitehttp://www.bcfma.com
Toll-free
Phone604-888-2273

Bring the children, grandchildren, or your tourist guests to see the largest collection of pioneer artifacts in Western Canada. Two large buildings in Fort Langley - near the HBC Fort. You will find the most interesting collection of pioneer effects, tractors, carriages, small engines, as well as models engines. See the farm kitchen, the parlour & the textile room exhibiting a historic loom & sewing machines. Check out the working windmills & the large steam engine. The archival reference library contains thousands of books, manuals, magazines & other agricultural documents plus early photos. A great reference source for students of all ages.

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Beaty Biodiversity Museum - Vancouver

2212 Main Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6T 1Z4
Websitehttp://www.beatymuseum.ubc.ca
Toll-free
Phone604-827-4955

Fall in love with the diversity of life as you explore over 500 natural history exhibits & stare through the jaws of the largest creature ever to live on Earth, a 26-metre-long blue whale skeleton! The museum houses six major collections including fish, fossils, shells, insects, fungi, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians & plant specimens from around British Columbia & the world. Drop-in public programs include activity stations, tours, crafts, puppet shows & more. The museum also hosts interesting lectures, workshops & temporary art exhibits. Visit our website for more information. Also check out UBC Botanical Garden & Greenheart Canopy Walkway.

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Burnaby Village Museum - Burnaby

6501 Deer Lake Ave
Burnaby, British Columbia
V5G 3T6
Websitehttp://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca
Toll-free
Phone604-297-4565

Where history comes to life. Stroll down the streets of our 1920s village exploring the heritage & replica buildings. Period costumed townsfolk give demonstrations in the homes, businesses & shops: watch the blacksmith at forge, listen to the rhythm of the platen press, mind the teacher in the schoolhouse, catch an old movie in the theatre & hear stories about the Love family and their Farmhouse. Be sure to take in the elegance of the Interurban #1223; a mode of transportation ahead of its time. A ride on the 1912 CW Parker Carousel is sure to please both the young and the young at heart. The village grounds include gardens, and grassy meadow and fish-bearing brook.

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Chilliwack Museum & Archives - Chilliwack

45820 Spadina Ave
Chilliwack, British Columbia
V2P 1T3
Websitehttp://www.chilliwackmuseum.ca
Toll-free
Phone604-795-5210

The Chilliwack Museum is located at the Chilliwack City Hall National Historic Site, a 1911 Beaux Arts building designed by architect Thomas Hooper. The temporary gallery presents exhibits on modern issues within an historical context, while permanent exhibits show how aboriginal people & newcomers got together after the 1858 gold rush to create a new culturally diverse community. The Chamber's Gallery offers a variety of changing art exhibits. Local history books & work by local artisans are available in the Gift Shop.

The Chilliwack Archives is the central repository for eastern Fraser Valley records & provides researchers with access to photographs, books, documents, government records, newspapers, sound recordings & maps. Our friendly staff can help answer almost any question on the history of the area.

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Fraser River Discovery Centre - New Westminster

788 Quayside Dr
New Westminster, British Columbia
V3M 6Z6
Websitehttp://www.fraserriverdiscovery.org
Toll-free
Phone604-521-8401

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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Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site - Richmond

12138 Fourth Ave
Richmond, British Columbia
V7E 3J1
Websitehttp://www.gulfofgeorgiacannery.com
Toll-free
Phone604-664-9009

Situated atop wooden pilings over the mighty Fraser River, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery is one of the few remaining 19th century salmon canneries in BC. In its heyday, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery was the largest building of its kind & the leading producer of canned salmon in BC. Now a dynamic fishing museum, step inside & become immersed in the sights, sounds & stories of the West Coast fishing industry. Guided tours & interactive exhibits will help you explore Canada's West Coast fishing industry. Leave some time to browse the wide selection of merchandise in our Gift Shop.

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Kilby Historic Site - Harrison Mills

215 Kilby Rd
Harrison Mills, British Columbia
V0M 1L0
Websitehttp://www.kilby.ca
Toll-free
Phone604-796-9576

1920s Fraser Valley living history site with costumed interpreters. This 2 ha (5 ac) BC Heritage attraction includes our 1906 General Store Museum, Manchester House Hotel, Post Office & First Nations exhibit. Friendly farm animals & wonderful orchard playground. Restaurant, gift shop & special events. Harrison Mills is also home to the Kilby Park, located within walking distance of the historic site at the confluence of the Fraser & Harrison Rivers, on Harrison Bay. The park features our scenic 28 site campground, a day-use area, sandy beaches, nature trails & a boat launch which is open year-round. Both operated by a non profit society.

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Langley Centennial Museum - Langley

9135 King St
Langley, British Columbia
V1M 2S2
Websitehttp://www.langleymuseum.org
Toll-free
Phone604-532-3536

One of the oldest community museums in the province of British Columbia, its collection of artifacts began in 1928. Its doors have been open to the public since 1958 & its permanent displays range from a presentation of First Nation artifacts to stories of early Langley pioneers & merchants. It's rotating temporary exhibitions include contemporary & historic artwork to local history themes.

The Museum's giftshop features many unique items like glass, jewellery, clothing & artworks by local & provincial artisans intermingled with books about local & regional history. The Museum offers a wide range of public & school programs.

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Museum of Anthropology - Vancouver

6393 NW Marine Dr
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6T 1Z2
Websitehttp://www.moa.ubc.ca
Toll-free
Phone604-827-5932

The Museum of Anthropology houses one of the world's finest displays of First Nations art in a spectacular building overlooking mountains & sea. We also host major temporary exhibits & display over 10,000 objects from around the world in our new Multiversity Galleries. Enjoy gallery tours (free with admission), exciting public programs, an elegant shop, Cafe MOA & our beautiful new outdoor reflecting pool.

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Museum of Vancouver - Vancouver

1100 Chestnut St
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6J 3J9
Websitehttp://www.museumofvancouver.ca
Toll-free
Phone604-736-4431

The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) creates Vancouver-focused exhibitions & programs that encourage dynamic conversations about what Vancouver was, is & can be. Permanent exhibitions tell the city's stories from the early 1900s to the late 1970s. At the MOV you'll experience art, contemporary issues & history. Tours of exhibitions take place the first Thursday of each month. The MOV is located in Kitsilano's scenic Vanier Park along with the HR MacMillan Space Centre & Vancouver Maritime Museum, our beautiful 1960s building is a must-see for architecture lovers & is set against a spectacular vista of ocean, city skyline & mountains.

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