Arts & Heritage

The City of New Westminster offers an exciting array of arts and heritage opportunities through exhibitions, programs, public art, special events and storytelling. Discover the best in contemporary new media art at the New Media Gallery, explore our City’s rich history at the New Westminster Museum and Archives or view local artists’ work at the Community Art Space. Meet like-minded individuals or discover a new passion by taking part in our programs and Cultural Services offered across the City.

Cultural Services at Anvil Centre Reopens to limited in-person visits & programs this September.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Anvil Centre, but things will be a bit different. The City of New Westminster follows provincial health and WorkSafeBC guidelines.  We have developed new safety measures to protect our participants, guests and staff.  Thank you for your continued patience and support as we face this pandemic together.

Before you arrive:

  • If you feel unwell, do not enter the building
  • Anyone displaying symptoms of illness will not be allowed into Anvil Centre
  • All guests and participants will be required to complete a Health Check Form at the Kiosk Desk (Level 1) before proceeding to their program or tour.  Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your booking/program to complete this mandatory form.  (Or print, fill out and bring in with you.)
  • Some sections of Anvil Centre require masks; please check before your visit.

All activities at the Anvil Centre will require pre-booked appointments, pre-registration or event tickets:

Services not available at this time:

  • Casual seating throughout building (parents will be required to leave the building for the duration of their child’s program) 
  • Drop-in visits to the New Westminster Museum & Archives, New Media Gallery or Community Art Gallery.
  • Donations of artefacts to the New Westminster Museum & Archives Collections

Safety Measures

What we are doing:

  • Increased cleaning of high-touch areas 
  • Keeping building closed to general public drop-ins
  • Hand sanitizer available for use 
  • Disposable masks available for use
  • Directional signage throughout venue
  • Plexiglass dividers at service counters 
  • Limited washroom occupancy
  • Staff trained in safety measures  
  • For in-person programs starting in October:
    • Reduced class sizes and/or utilizing larger spaces within Anvil Centre to adhere to physical distancing requirements
    • Requesting only one parent/guardian drop-off and pick-up children from class
    • Requesting all participants wear masks
    • Disinfecting rooms after each program
    • Art supply quarantine/disinfecting procedures in place
    • Fitness/wellness equipment quarantine/disinfecting procedures in place

What you can do:

  • Stay home if you are feeling sick or are required to self-isolate 
  • Wear a mask upon arrival and during your scheduled visit
  • Arrive at least 10 minutes before scheduled visit 
  • Complete your Health Check Form at Kiosk Desk on Level 1 or before arriving
  • Wash or sanitize your hands before entering the building
  • Practice physical distancing throughout the building
  • Follow all COVID-19 Prevention signage