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Museums & Heritage Sites
Trethewey House Heritage Site is operated by Heritage Abbotsford Society, a registered charity. The Heritage Site consists of Trethewey House, Joey’s Playhouse, the Upper Sumas Train Station, Heritage Gallery, and the Sylvia Pincott Heritage Habitat Garden. Trethewey House was built in 1919-1920 by Joseph Ogle Ã¢ÂÂJ.O.Ã¢ÂÂ Trethewey. President of the Abbotsford Lumber Company, J.O. was responsible for leadership of the company during the company’s boom years in the 1920s. The House is built Craftsman-style and was constructed using primarily local materials, making it distinct from other buildings of similar age within the City of Abbotsford. Trethewey House contains old-growth Abbotsford fir lumber (processed at the Trethewey mill on Mill Lake), and brick and tile crafted from clay mined on Sumas Mountain (processed at Clayburn Village, B.C.’s first company town), representing two of Abbotsford’s most important early industries. Our house tour drop in hours are from 1-4pm, Monday-Friday.
Museums & Heritage Sites, Attractions
Historic site with guided tours of original roadhouse (hotel) built in 1860. Over 20 original buildings and many pieces of old farm equipment. First Nations site has a winter lodge and displays of early food storage, shelters, and traditions. Stage Coach rides every day, short shows daily in July and August, and all is included with your admission. A gift/souvenir shop and restaurant are also in the main reception building.
Museums & Heritage Sites, Accessibility
Where History Comes to Life – Stroll down the streets of our 1920s community. Period costumed townsfolk welcome visitors and give demonstrations in the homes, businesses and shops. Visitors can feel the heat of the fire as the blacksmith works at the forge, hear the rhythm of the platen press at the Burnaby Post, smell freshly ground coffee in the General Store, be a 1920s student in a one-room schoolhouse, watch the tinsmith cut, crimp & curl flat sheets of tin into useful household items. Everyone is welcome to take a ride on the 1912 CW Parker Carousel, explore the restored 1912 Interurban Tram, and enjoy a treat in the Ice Cream Parlour. The Village is open seasonally (Spring Break in March, Summer Season- early May to Labour Day, and Heritage Christmas-late November to early January) and year-round for pre-booked groups and programs.
The Okanagan Science Centre makes science fun for everyone. Come enjoy hands-on science exhibits and activities with the whole family. We are home to the only fixed roof planetarium in the BC Interior. All year round we offer Planetarium Shows, Gyro Chair rides, and other science activities–check our website for monthly schedule. We offer a unique collection of hands-on science exhibits, including a Discovery Room for younger children, an Amazon Biotope, a Climbing Wall, Bert our bearded dragon, and Bitey McBiteface our piranha. We host school field trips, put on a range of Science Camps during breaks from school, and offer themed birthday parties.
Art Galleries, Museums & Heritage Sites
A great destination anytime, Abbotsford’s new 20,000 sq. ft. cultural centre features a gallery, museum, archives 7 studios. Experience regional, national & international art exhibitions, arts & heritage programs and an exciting array of special events. Detailed information on the website.We are an arts and heritage centre of excellence, built for the enrichment of our citizens and visitors and situated right in the heart of the community.The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford is both a centre for community use and an inspirational artist destination. Its outstanding design will draw people together to experience the past, interact with the present and dream of the future.
The Jewish Museum and Archives of BC offers walking tours of Vancouver’s historic neighbourhoods with a focus on Jewish community history. Join us for a scenic walk through Strathcona, Gastown, Oakridge, or Mountain View Cemetery. Full tour schedule on our website.
Museums & Heritage Sites, Attractions, Accessibility
The Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre is dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of the internment of over 22,000 Japanese Canadians during the Second World War. The Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre opened its doors in 1994 as an initiative from the New Denver Kyowakai Society to commemorate and honor the stories of over 22,000 Japanese Canadians who were stripped of their civil rights, labelled “enemy aliens” and uprooted from their coastal homes during the Second World War. Located on the site of a former internment camp, the original buildings, period artifacts, interpretive displays, and Heiwa Teien garden designed by the renowned Roy (Tomomichi) Sumi, chronicle this extraordinary episode in Canadian history.
The White Rock Museum and Archives is a place for celebrating our community and its history through collecting and preserving artifacts, researching and designing exhibitions, and interpreting and communicating stories. We offer changing exhibitions and events for all ages that interpret regional and local history and challenge visitors to think about the future as well as the past. Our role is to provide not only enjoyment and inspiration for those who visit, but to preserve our valued heritage.
Located in historic Fort Langley, The BC Farm Museum has the province’s largest collection of pioneer and agricultural artifacts. In 1953 the donation of a single high-cut walking hand plow by Mr. R. J. Coleman to the University of British Columbia started a planning process to establish an Agricultural Museum in the Fraser Valley. It was decided that Fort Langley would be a better location than UBC and work began by raising money and acquiring land. The ground breaking ceremony for the BC Farm Museum happened in 1966 when Archie Stevenson, BC President of the British Columbia Federation of Agriculture turned the first sod for the eight-thousand square foot building. It took nearly nine years to raise sufficient capital to erect the original building. The museum was officially opened on November 19, 1966 by Sir Robert Bellinger, Lord Mayor of London. Within a very short time a second building was erected to house a growing collection of agricultural artifacts.
Housed in Vancouver’s former city morgue, this museum displays thie history of crime and law enforcement in Vancouver. Displays include historical crimes, tools for scientific (forensic) investigation and more.
At the Revelstoke Railway Museum we strive to preserve, share and inspire a sense of wonder and excitement for our Canadian Pacific Railway. We work with our amazing volunteers to keep their stories alive. We also have some restored trains and artifacts. Its a great experience for all ages!
Explore the best of BC Sports history with over 15,000 square feet of museum space! Relive the Vancouver 2010 Olympics through the largest collection of Vancouver 2010 memorabilia, including medals, torches and more! Test our your athletic skills in our Participation Zone where you can hop on our climbing wall or sprint down our running track! Conveniently located in Downtown Vancouver just minutes away from a Skytrain station and bus stops, check out the BC Sports Hall of Fame today!
O’Keefe Ranch was founded in 1867 by Cornelius O’Keefe. His family lived on site for 110 years before it was opened as an historic ranch, meaning it still houses one of the most complete collections of one family’s stuff (from the Victorian and Edwardian eras) in all of the province. Today O’Keefe Ranch is operated by a non-profit society and is a registered charity. Come visit us during our open season from May to October – stroll along the boardwalk, visit our original buildings (set up as they were more than 100 years ago!), visit the Greenhow museum, and go say hello to our many farm animals.
Multi-media astronomy shows in the Planetarium Star Theatre are enhanced by 20-minute live demonstrations in the GroundStation Canada Theatre that keep you up-to-date on the latest space news. The Cosmic Courtyard exhibit gallery contains a real piece of moon rock you can actually touch, a J-2 Rocket Engine, artifacts and simulations. On Saturday nights you can visit the Gordon Southam Observatory right next door and, if the skies are clear, you can see stars and maybe even a planet through the .5 metre Cassegrain telescope.