Museums & Archives

We recognise and respect that New Westminster is on the unceded and unsurrendered land of the Halkomelem speaking peoples.  We acknowledge that colonialism has made invisible their histories and connections to the land. As a City, we are learning and building relationships with the people whose lands we are on.

New Westminster Museum at Anvil Centre is now open Wednesdays-Sundays by appointment only!

Click here to book your timed, ticketed entry.

Click here to read about our new safety measures.

New Westminster’s Museums & Archives are managed across three city locations: Anvil Centre, Irving House and the Samson V Museum. The operations care for over 36,000 objects, 50,000 photographs, and 500 linear meters of archival records that celebrate and document our city’s history. Our exhibits focus on the land, people, and development of the place now known as New Westminster. We aspire to be fun and entertaining places of learning and use the objects in the museum’s collection as an entry-point to inquiry, discussion, and exploration about the city.

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Museum Contact                                  Archives Contact

T 604-527-4640                                     604-527-4640


The New Westminster Museum and Archives gratefully acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia

  • Mission

    The New Westminster Museum and Archives strive to enhance knowledge and deepen understanding of the City and its diverse peoples – from the First Nations cultures to the multicultural community of today – by illuminating past events, exploring current issues and facilitating conversations around future possibilities.


    The New Westminster Museum and Archives will:

    1. collect, preserve and house the objects, archival materials, natural history specimens and collective memories that best serve to illustrate the first peoples, environment, founding, settlement, relationships and development of the New Westminster area;
    2. research, make available, interpret and exhibit its collections for the use and benefit of the public;
    3. engage with all peoples and organisations that can inform and support the narratives of the New Westminster area.
  • Museum Hours

    Admission to all sites is by donation.

    New Westminster Museum (Anvil Centre, 3rd floor, 777 Columbia Street):
    Open year round
    Wednesday to Sunday: 9:50 am – 4:50 pm.
    (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays)

    Admission is by appointment only. Click here to book your timed, ticketed entry.

    Irving House (302 Royal Avenue)
    Saturday, 12:00 - 5:00pm (last entry 4:00 pm)
    Sunday, 12:00 - 5:00pm (last entry 4:00 pm)

    Admission is by appointment only. Click here to book your timed, ticketed entry.


    Call 604.527.4640 or e-mail

    The Samson V (880 Quayside Drive):
    Saturdays & Sundays 12:00 - 5:00 pm

    Archives Hours

    New Westminster Archives (Anvil Centre, 2nd floor, 777 Columbia Street):
    By appointment only. Call or e-mail to make a reservation.

    T: 604-527-4640


  • The museum consists of three galleries. The permanent gallery at Anvil Centre takes you on a journey of discovery, covering over 10,000 years of New Westminster history and ending in 2010.

    Gallery 7 picks up where the permanent gallery leaves off. This is a place of engagement and interaction, bringing forth the contemporary stories of our city through discussion, dialogue, and exhibition in a smaller intimate setting. The temporary gallery lets us take a deeper look into many of our city’s more interesting and thought-provoking stories, individuals, and objects.

    The third gallery can be found at 1865 Irving House, the former colonial home of Captain William Irving, and one of the oldest community heritage sites in B.C.

    Enquiries to the collections

    All museum collections are held in trust for the community. Should you have an interest in viewing an item in our collection that is not on display in the galleries, please contact us to book an appointment with our staff.

    To find out more about New Westminster history, please visit these pages:

    Archives Online
    The Archives database

    Heritage Register
    Official listing of properties deemed to have heritage value

    Heritage Resource Inventory
    Unofficial list of properties deemed to have heritage value

    Westminster Pier Park Memory Bands
    Profiles and photos of words and names along the Memory Band

    Gallery 7 (Anvil Centre)

    February 16 – June 26 2022

    Through three installations, Reconciling addresses truths attached to acts of reconciliation. Haida/Nisga’a artist Luke Parnell explores a feeling of disenchantment through his piece Neon Reconciliation Explosion; the downed statue of Judge Begbie addresses the imposition of foreign laws on a land; and the 215 shoes placed at New Westminster’s cenotaph reflects our community’s response to the Residential School legacy in Canada.

    Book your visit to see Reconciling


    Gallery 2 (Anvil Centre)

    February 2 – June 19 2022

    Moved by a push for greater social justice, NWSS Art students researched prominent figures from Black History in Canada and share their contributions in black and white tessellation patterns and portraits. Equal parts ‘black’ and ‘white’ in these works challenges a Eurocentric-lens that is too often applied when discussing history by featuring People of Colour (POC) and Black Canadians in an equally starring role. Each student provides a thoughtful artist statement with their portrait.

    Book your visit to see Celebrating Black History in Canada Through Tessellation and Portraiture

    Past Exhibitions:

    Wait for Me, Daddy

    October 4, 2014 - August 16, 2015

    Baskets for Barter
    November 29, 2014 - January 24, 2015

    Hair Apparent: A Hairy History of New Westminster
    April 23 - June 21, 2015

    Our Working Waterfront, 1945-2015
    July 9 - October 27, 2015

    Architectural Gems in the Royal City
    September 17, 2015 - May 8, 2016

    The Living Archive
    June 23 - August 21, 2016

    Branching Out: Plants in New Westminster's History
    June 2 – November 20, 2016

    Ornamenting the Ordinary: Crafts of South Asia

    September 10, 2016 – January 2, 2017

    Witness Blanket
    December 5, 2016 - April 28, 2017

    Planning New West:
    A History and Future of Urban Development in New Westminster

    June 1, 2017 – January 21, 2017

    Bottoms Up:
    The Cultures of Drink in the Royal City

    November 4, 2017 – May 27, 2018





    February 17, 2018 - October 7, 2018

    People Gotta Move
    July 5, 2018 - November 16, 2018


    Getting the Word Out
    October 26, 2018 - April 28, 2019

    The Long Hours: Art in the BC Penitentiary
    August 2018 - July 2019

    May 16, 2019 – December 1, 2019
    January 24, 2020 - December 23, 2020

    November 7, 2019 - May 2, 2021

    “Keeping warm was something you worked at in the old days,” as local historian Evelyn Benson put it. 

    May 28 - July 29, 2021


    Air Hugs: New West Together During COVID-19  

    March 31, 2021 – Sunday September 5, 2021

    THE 215

    November 25 - December 5


  • Click here to see the Winter 2022 Arts & Heritage Brochure

    Click here to see our 2021/22 School Program Brochure

    Click here to watch recorded programs on our Facebook page 

    upcoming PROGRAMS 

    Fraser River Dialogues: Monuments of the Fraser River (Ages 16+)

    In partnership with the Fraser River Discovery Centre, we are hosting a panel of representatives from local Indigenous groups, thinkers and members of the community to help inform a discussion about the original intent of these monuments and what they communicate to residents and visitors to the city today.
    Fraser River Discovery Centre (Virtual)
    Tuesday, January 25
    7:00pm – 8:30pm 
    Fee: Free

    Eventbrite Link

    Or, call the FRDC @ (604) 521-8401 to sign up

    Handmade Heritage: Sewing in Irving House (Ages 16+)

    Learn tried and true hand sewing techniques from our experienced instructor and create your own project inspired by textile artifacts found in Irving House. All supplies included.
    Sunday, Jan 30 & Feb 6
    3:00pm - 5:00pm 
    COURSE ID 123823
    Fee: $61.40

    Museum Sketch Nights (13 - 18 years)
    Working in the Museum, sketch in reflection about reconciliation. The Reconciling exhibition responds to Canada’s path to reconciliation through a combination of contemporary artworks and colonial objects. Learn from Indigenous educators as they draw attention to the impacts of Canada’s residential school system and consider the role of colonial heritage in relation to this process. Record what you see and feel and develop sketching techniques at easels with drawing boards in the museum. A lead artist will guide each participant using fundamental elements of art and design. All supplies included.
    New Westminster Museum Gallery 604.527.4640
    Wednesday, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
    February 9 - March 9
    Registration Fee: $78.00 / 5 classes

    Course ID 124738

    Reflect and Sketch (19+ years)
    Working in the Museum exhibition Reconciling, sketch in reflection to an exhibit about Canada's path to reconciliation. Learn from Indigenous educators as they guide this conversation. Then, sit down with Arts Services at an easel and drawing board, record what you see and feel, and develop your technique using the fundamentals of art and design.
    New Westminster Museum Gallery  604.527.4640
    Thursday, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
    February 17 - March 10 
    Registration Fee: $65.00 / 4 classes
    Course ID 124748

    Handmade Heritage: Victorian Valentines (Ages 6-14)

    After exploring the house, learn about old-time Valentines and make your own to send out to your sweetheart!
    Irving House    604.527.4640 
    Saturday & Sunday
    Feb 12 & 13
    1:00pm – 3:00pm

    Drop-In Fee: Free
    *Please note guests are welcomed in line with current public health orders and capacity guidelines.  

    Artist Talk: Neon Reconciliation Explosion with Luke Parnell (All Ages)

    Join Luke Parnell as he speaks to his work, Neon Reconciliation Explosion, in which he explores a feeling of disenchantment through this collaborative piece. Luke is Wilp Laxgiik Nisga’a (House of Eagles) from Gingolx on his mother’s side and Haida from Massett on his father’s side. This talk will kick off our exhibit, Reconciling, in Gallery 7. 
    Virtual via Zoom    604.527.4640
    Thursday, Feb 17
    7:00 - 8:30pm
    Course ID 131736

    Anne of Green Gables (Ages 8-12)

    Meet one of Canada’s most beloved literary characters! Kids will explore Irving House, create and imagine what spunky Anne with an “e” and the Irving children had in common.
    Irving House    604.527.4640 
    Saturday, March 5
    10:00am – 1:00pm
    Course ID 123817
    Fee: $19.95  

    Herstory Photo Tour: Celebrating International Women's Day (All Ages)

    International Women’s Day is celebrated each year on March 8. Join museum staff to learn about the important and fascinating contributions of women of our community – past and present.
    Tuesday, March 8
    6:00pm - 7:00pm
    Virtual via Zoom
    Course ID 123821
    Fee: Free

    Victorian Book Club (14+ years)

    Every two months, discuss literature and culture as you sip tea and chat with the club at Irving House.  We read literary works by the Brontes, Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, Oscar Wilde, H. G. Wells, Joseph Conrad, Henry James, Mark Twain and others.  This is the perfect opportunity to join other enthusiasts in your community.

    Contact us for dates at  


  • The museum is excited to launch the Adventures on Twelfth Street project, created by our 2021 summer students Daphne and Jacob.

    Over the summer they have been visiting and capturing the charm of Twelfth Street for their self-guided walking tour of the community. Discover hidden histories from over the past 160 years!

    Launch the project

    Follow the hashtag #adventuresontwelfth to see what adventures other folks have had on the street.

  • We have an exciting new self-guided audio tour!

    From Quayside to Queensborough, uncover local histories as you enjoy your Q to Q trip along the Fraser.

    Launch the tour here!

  • Wander Queen's Park reflects on the unceded territory of the Halkomelem speaking peoples.

    This refers to a language group that more widely encompasses the Indigenous people who used and continue to use this land.

    Using QR codes, Wander Queen's Park is an activity that encourages people to explore the park, reflect upon its history and reimagine what it could have been if others were part of its design.

    This program is a collaboration between Museums & Heritages, Arts Services, and New Media Gallery.  It runs in Queen's Park for the month of July.  

    The museum's contribution reflects upon the park's creation and evolution using archival photos and records.

    If you are not able to visit the park and use the QR codes in person, reflect by clicking on the links below:

    Wander Welcome to the Zoo

    Wander The Hedge

    Wander The Bears Den

    Wander The Flag and Bandshell

    Wander The Trail

    Questions? Email us at

  • Written Tours

    We are pleased to offer written tours of Irving House in the following languages:

    The Irving House script is translated by our wonderful volunteers. Please refer to the volunteer section of our website If you are interested in volunteering your time and skills to translate the script into additional languages.

    About Irving House

    Located in the heart of the Royal City, Irving House is one of the oldest community heritage sites in BC. Step back to the 1800s as you enter the colonial home of Captain William Irving, King of the Fraser River. 

    Over 140 years of memories live within Irving House "…the handsomest, the best and most home-like house of which British Columbia can yet boast..." was how Irving House was described in the British Columbian newspaper in April 1865.

    With 14 furnished rooms to enjoy, Irving House is a must-see for everyone interested in New Westminster’s past and anyone interested in the Victorian and Edwardian periods, heritage architecture or colonial BC. 

    During your visit you will admire the ornate ceiling plasterwork, the glow of original wallpaper and the elaborate fireplaces. You can easily imagine the festivities and celebrations that took place in the parlour and formal dining room. Let our costumed guides step you back in time!

    Irving House Restoration Work

    Irving House was closed for restoration work from April 2-27, 2018, and reopened on April 28, 2018. The house’s entrance and upper hall were restored to the late Victorian Period, revealing papers not seen since the mid-20th century. 

    In 2009, while working with conservator Simone Vogel-Horridge, museum staff found original ca.1897-1903 papers in the entrance and upper hallway of the house — a 3-piece set of consisting of a wallpaper, 18” frieze, and a ceiling paper.  Last year, these stunning papers were meticulously redrawn and colour-matched by Stuart Stark, Heritage Consultant and wallpaper designer, to the original palette used in the house. They were then printed in England and shipped to New Westminster for installation. The hallway cornice work and entrance ceiling medallion will also be painted to match the original colour scheme as a complement to the papers.

    This work is part of an ongoing multi-year project to stabilize and restore Irving House to its original appearance at the turn of the 20th century. Since 2011, Irving House has received a new fire and electrical system along with a state of the art geothermal heating and cooling system. The exterior of the house has also been repaired and repainted to match the original ca.1900 colour scheme.  Last fall, Ms. Vogel-Horridge returned to clean and restore the rare and original gilded 1887 wallpapers in the house’s Small Parlour and will be returning this spring to do the same in the Large Parlour.  All work was completed at the end of May. 

  • Samson V, launched in 1937, is the last surviving wooden steam-powered sternwheeler built for the federal Department of Public Works for use as a snag-boat on the Fraser River. At 418 gross tons and 115’ on deck, she was the fifth in a series of similar vessels dating back to 1884 that cleared debris, maintained aids to navigation and government docks, performed surveys and served other functions as needed.

    Samson V was the last steam-powered sternwheeler to operate in Canada and representative of a of the federal government’s long-standing involvement in maintaining the waterways of western Canada. The Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada has declared the operation of sternwheeler snag-boats by the Department of Public works on the rivers of British Columbia an event of national historic significance and in the future intends to commemorate this by means of a plaque installed on or near Samson V, “the last representative example” of these vessels.

    Samson V was retired in 1980 and sold to the City of New Westminster for one dollar on the understanding that the vessel would be preserved as a museum and that it occupy a unique place in the Province’s and City’s maritime heritage. Samson V remains the only completely intact and floating wooden sternwheeler in North America.

  • The 215
    Johnny Bandura is a Coast Salish artist who has created a series of 215 portraits that were inspired by his own family. His paternal Grandmother, Marie, was born in New Westminster and as a very young girl, she was taken from her home and family and sent to the Kamloops Indian Residential School in the 1930s. In May 2021, when the news reported that the skeletal remains of 215 children were discovered on the grounds of the Kamloops Residential School, Johnny recognized that many of these lost 215 children could well have been his grandmother’s classmates and friends and he felt a very strong need to do something to honour these children.
    So, Johnny began painting. He painted to work through the pain, grief, and sadness. The first
    painting he completed was of a medicine woman, the second was of a hunter. These two portraits flowed easily from him, and he saw that they reflected the traditional way of life, before residential schools existed. But he couldn’t stop with these two portraits. He wanted to paint a portrait for each of the 215 children to reflect the life that they never that the chance to live. He painted the children as adults because he strongly felt they were speaking to him; he felt they wanted to be viewed as more than just children in uniforms. He wanted to let them grow up in his portraits and let them be something that they never got to be. He gave them lives that were both traditional as well as modern. He painted a Pow Wow Grass Dancer in traditional regalia and a Judge in courtroom robes. He painted doctors, nurses, Fancy Dancers, punk rockers, and hockey players.
    He imagined lives for them that reflected all areas of society. He created an exhibit to show what they could have become.
  • Air Hugs

    New West Together During Covid-19

    A new exhibit on the community’s resilience during the pandemic.

    Gallery 7 at New Westminster Museum
    3rd floor Anvil Centre

    Tuesday March 31, 2021 – Sunday September 5, 2021

    Do you have more info?

    Do you know the story behind a photo in the exhibition?  Do you want to share your experiences of the pandemic?  

  • Stories from the past and present in New Westminster to help us understand how people eat in our community.

    View the exhibit here.

    The exhibition ran from Thursday May 16, 2019 to December 1, 2019.

    See below for exhibit links, associated programs and more.


    Community Kitchen

    This exhibition has QR codes with information if you want to find out more.  The links are also listed below, under each section:



    Some common food terms you’ll see in this exhibition.


    What is Food Security?

    “Poor people are lazy and don’t want to work.”  Do you believe these myths? Check out these New West poverty myth busters and what you can do to help pull people out of poverty.

    Like and follow New Westminster Community Food Action.

    The Official Community Plan provides the vision and goals for the city to 2041, including policies related to food.

    The Community Poverty Reduction Strategy identifies specific actions to enhance the quality of life of those people living in poverty and to provide opportunities to assist them to move out of poverty.

    Two of the 14 goals in the Environmental Strategy and Action Plan relate to the environmental impacts of food.

    New Westminster Food Security Action Plan

    Food Sovereignty

    Starting in 2007 and lasting about five years, the Fraserside Community Services Society’s Biggest Little Garden in Town project helped apartment residents start gardens on their balconies with tiered cedar boxes that were accessible for all people. With seed and garden workshops, this social enterprise helped people access fresh produce that they themselves grew, even if they didn’t have a backyard or a plot. Watch this video about the project.

    Community Gardens
    Find out about getting a plot at one of the community gardens.

    Keeping certain farm animals to supplement diets is legal in New West.

    For the laws on raising chickens in New Westminster, see 1967’s Public Health Bylaw No. 4271.

    If you meet the requirements, you can also keep a beehive in New West. See the bylaw.


    Food Systems: Farming and Fishing

    The Choi Guide
    Vancouver’s Hua Foundation put together a seasonal guide for the Chinese vegetables grown in the Lower Mainland. You can read it in English with pronunciations in Cantonese and Mandarin. Here’s the Cantonese version to help you on your next shopping trip.

    Food Systems: Distribution and Access

    The Food Costing in BC report provides data about the affordability of food. It tells us how much income families and individuals need in order to eat healthy meals. The report is done every two years by the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), with the last one completed in 2017. The report informs calculations for living wage numbers.

    Fuel Up
    A 2017 UNICEF report ranked Canada 37th out of 41 countries for children’s access to healthy food.

    In February 2019, after two years of planning, the New Westminster School District launched a cost-shared universally accessible school lunch program, the first of its kind in Canada. Starting in three schools (Qayqayt Elementary, Queen Elizabeth Elementary and Queensborough Middle Schools), it will eventually be available to all schools in the district.

    Read more and order a meal for your kids.

    Things Were So Cheap Back Then!
    Or were they? Compare the prices in the ads below to what they would be in today’s money. Use an inflation calculator

    Food Systems: Consumption

    $40 a Week @ the Market
    In 2016, blogger Katie Bartel wrote about her summer market challenge: to stretch out $40 every week at the New West Farmers Market. Read about it.

    Food Literacy

    Canada Food Guide

    The new Canada Food Guide, released this year, recommends a shift to a more plant-based diet, with water as the drink of choice. The aim is to have a plate that is half vegetables, one-quarter protein (such as nuts, meat and tofu), and one-quarter whole grains (like bread, rice and quinoa). It also recommends reducing sugary drinks (including juice), sweets and pastries, salt and saturated fat, and alcohol.

    New West Cookbookery

    There is a cookbook lending library at the River Market. Share the cookbooks you love for a while or forever, or take out what you need for a month.

    To borrow a book, register here.


    Our City’s Food Culture

    Helping You Celebrate
    Did you know that the Family Services of Greater Vancouver has grants for community celebrations through the Vancouver Foundation’s Neighbourhood Small Grant program?

    Neighbours around New West have found unique ways to get to know each other through food. At the Glenbrooke Salad and Pie days, residents brought their home-cooked meals to share with one another. A Roma Hall chef got a grant to teach Italian cooking at Thompson’s Landing Park in Queensborough. The Fraser Fraser River Food Buying Club received seed funding to establish. Many have received grants to start new community gardens or have multicultural meals.

    Apply for a grant here.

    Diverse Eating in New West
    New West has many good international restaurants.

    Explore Downtown’s shops and restaurants with this map.

    Or check out the diversity along Twelfth Street.


    Opening Reception
    Thursday, October 25, 2018, 6 pm - 8 pm
    Exhibit dates: October 26, 2018 -  April 28, 2019

    From the first cumbersome printing press dragged over the stumps and hills of the budding city, this exhibit shows New Westminster’s past of fake news, clickbait and alternative facts.

    Media Literacy Links

    Click on the links below to learn more about disinformation, misinformation and how to be a better social media citizen. 

    We’ll also be updating the museum’s Facebook page regularly to share other articles that helped us in developing the exhibit: follow us for more information on media literacy.



    Verifying the News



    SFU Philosopher’s Café – Getting the Word Out, Part 1

    In association with New Westminster Museum’s feature exhibition, Getting the Word Out: Printing in New Westminster, discuss relevant philosophical issues with members of your community. The printed word has long-held a powerful authority and transformative potential around the world. How do you view the power of print and where do you see it headed? Participants are encouraged to visit the exhibition before the café begins.

    16+ years
    New Westminster Museum
    Wednesday November 21  6:00-7:30pm  Free
    Moderator: Valerie Malla


    Read All About It

    In association with New Westminster Museum’s feature exhibition, Getting the Word Out, join New Westminster archivist Barry Dykes as he presents and discusses the archives’ newspaper collection ranging from the 1870s up to the modern era. Barry will explain the value of historic newspapers, the importance of preserving them, and how modern technologies are making them widely accessible.

    All Ages
    Anvil Centre Studio 411A   
    Saturday February 9  11:00am-12:00pm   By Donation   16633


    Protest & Propaganda: Printmaking Workshop

    Learn about New Westminster’s history of printmaking and propaganda in our museum gallery, then create a relief print of your own New Westminster-inspired propaganda poster during this hands-on printmaking workshop. All supplies included.

    Anvil Centre Studio 411A
    Thursday February 28  6:30-8:00pm  $16     16610


    SFU Philosopher’s Café – Getting the Word Out, Part 2

    In association with New Westminster Museum’s feature exhibition, Getting the Word Out, discuss relevant philosophical issues with members of your community. How do we get access to correct information via the main-stream media outlets? Are they reliable?  Is there such a thing as "fake news"?  What are the effects of propaganda?  Finally, what is our responsibility to ensure that healthy and responsible communications are part of our real experiences?

    New Westminster Museum
    Wednesday March 6  6:00-7:30pm  Free
    Moderator: Valerie Malla


    The Changing Face of Journalism: Panel Discussion

    How has the role of journalists and our local newspapers changed since the 1990s, especially in the age of digital news? In association with New Westminster Museum’s feature exhibition, Getting the Word Out, join Mario Bartel and a group of local panelists as they discuss their combined decades of experience telling stories and connecting communities in the Greater Vancouver Area.

    All Ages
    Anvil Centre Studio 411A 
    Saturday March 9  11:00am-12:00pm  By Donation   16632


    Updated October 22, 2018


  • Do you have city-related photographs, family heirlooms or other objects from New Westminster’s history that you would like to donate to the museum and archives? 

    The benefit of donating archival and artefacts is the museum and archives ability to properly store and care for these items while enriching New Westminster's history to residents, visitors and researchers.

    Learn how to donate your items by contacting our or .

    Donation Policy

  • Archives Reading Room and Research Inquiries available by appointment. Please e-mail

    The New Westminster Archives acquires, preserves, and makes accessible records that tell our story. The archives is home to a documentary heritage that documents New Westminster’s evolution from British Columbia’s first fledgling capital to a bustling 21st century city. Preserved for present and future generations are over 150 years of archival records that document local organizations, businesses, government, families, and individuals. Here you’ll find photographs, maps, plans, diaries, letters, city records, and oral histories. In the reading room there are reference files on people, properties, and subjects all related to the City of New Westminster.

    If you have questions about your family’s history, residence, the development of your neighbourhood, the history of a New Westminster business, or about the administration of the local government, the New Westminster Museum and Archives is the place to discover your heritage.

    Enquiries to the collections

    Click here to search over 90,000 Archival records using easy keyword searches. Email links, post images to your social media site or comment on records to our Archivist.

    Archives staff will also research a request for up to one hour in duration at no cost. Beyond one-hour, requestors are encouraged to conduct their own onsite access to archival records, with the assistance and supervision of archival staff. If self-research is not an option, you can contract archival research services at $60/hour.

    T: 604-527-4640



    Photo Reproduction Request & Conditions

    Method of reproduction

    (tax extra)

    Scanned image emailed


    Scanned image on supplied disc


    Photocopy (per page)


    Mailing in Canada


    Archive Research Fee



    All orders require advanced payment by cash, debit, VISA or MasterCard.

  • The Archives is pleased to offer an Archives Online service.

    Search the Archival holdings using easy keyword searches. Email links, post images to your social media site or comment on records to our Archivist. Check back regularly as the Archives Online database will continue to grow.
  • BC Genealogy

    Census (2016)

    Censuses (Historical)

    Directories (1860-1955)

    Heritage Resource Inventory Index

    Heritage Resources

    New Westminster Japanese Canadian History (created and maintained by Sakura Taji)

    New Westminster Members of Parliament

    Street Name Derivation and Index




    Chinese Canadian Community

    Hobbis Family Films

    Japanese Canadian Community

    A Mighty Hand (Twelfth Street Barber Albert Kamba documentary)

    My Name Was January (January Marie Lapuz documentary)

    New Westminster History

    Running to India (1964 Mani Singh and Family documenary)

    South Asian Community

    Tribe of One (Qayqayt Chief Rhonda Larrabee)


    May Day:

    Films (1915-1956)

    Films (Norman Lidster, 1931-1963)

    May Queens of New Westminster




    Albert Crescent Heritage Resource Inventory

    Brow of the Hill Historical Context Statement

    Connaught Heights Historical Context Statement

    Downtown Heritage Resource Inventory

    Downtown Historical Context Statement

    Glenbrooke North Historical Context Statement

    Massey-Victory Heights Historical Context Statement

    McBride-Sapperton Historical Context Statement

    Moody Park Historical Context Statement

    Quayside Historical Context Statement

    Queen's Park, Uptown, Brow-of-the-Hill Heritage Resource Inventory

    Queen's Park Historical Context Statement

    Queensborough Industrial Heritage Inventory

    Queensborough Residential Heritage Inventory

    Queensborough Historical Context Statement

    Sapperton, Victory Heights, Queensborough, Connaught Heights, West End, Kelvin and Glenbrooke Heritage Resource Inventory

    Star Shipyard Heritage Assessment

    West End Historical Context Statement



    1859-1861: New Westminster Times

    1882-1890: Daily British Columbian

    1889-1890: Truth

    1891: Morning Ledger

    1893-1894, 1916-1917: Pacific Canadian

    1906-1914: New Westminster Daily News

    1909, 1911: Citizen

    Note that there are also paid newspaper sites you can consult to find New Westminster and other local newspapers:

    Paper of Record: 1861-1869 British Columbian and 1870-1889 New Westminster Mainland Guardian 1989-1990 Sunday News, 1894-2020 Province, 1912-2020 Vancouver Sun


    Oral Histories:

    Historical Figures




    Other Waterfront Work


    Pronunciations and Local Language Resources:

    Skwo:wech Elementary School

    Skwó:wech (sturgeon)

    hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ (Down River language)

    Halq'eméylem First Voices

    Halq'eméylem Language Resources

    Hul’q’umi’num’ / Halq’eméylem / hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓

  • The New Westminster Museum and Archives is documenting Covid-19 pandemic in New Westminster and reaching out to community members to collect both physical objects and digital documentation, and thus document history as it happens. 


    The curator, Oana Capota, invites residents to make suggestions for what they would like to see preserved by emailing .  Though donations are not possible at this time due to safety, the curator will work with potential donors to write profiles of the objects and what they mean.  Objects can then be brought into the museum at a future date.

    The museum also encourages citizens to keep diaries of this time and/or to contribute to a community diary, using the hashtag #nwcovidlife.  During this time of social isolation, keeping a journal also has benefits for mental health.

    Oral History Interviews

    In addition, the museum is looking to make audio and video recordings of people’s experiences during Covid-19.  People from a broad base of different backgrounds are invited to come together and share their experiences through a recorded video conference interview.  The interviews could either be one-on-one with a museum staff member or as part of a community program. 

    Virtual Story Gathering – People from a broad base of different backgrounds will be invited to come together and share their experiences of the pandemic through a recorded video conference interview.  Participants will listen to stories, then tell their own story, in this process of collective reflection and building community in isolation. (Monday June 22, 2020 from 6 – 7pm, register by emailing ).

    If you, or anyone you know have an experience to share about our city’s COVID experience, please contact the museum at 604-527-4640 or .  Please also fill in the following form: Virtual_Story_Sharing_Application_Form.pdf.