Museums & Archives

New Westminster Museum at Anvil Centre is now open Wednesdays-Sundays by appointment only! Click here to book your timed, ticketed entry.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Museum. 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 and another 35,000 photographs and archival records that celebrate our city’s stories and 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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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)
    Friday, 3:00 – 8:00pm (last entry 7:00 pm)
    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 - 4 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


  • New Westminster Museum at Anvil Centre is open Wednesdays-Sundays by appointment only! Click here to book your timed, ticketed entry.

    We look forward to welcoming you back to the Museum. Click here to read about our new safety measures. 

    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
  • Book your visit here and try these in-gallery activities while visiting New Westminster Museum at Anvil Centre!

    Visitors are encouraged to download these activities for use on their mobile devices. Sanitized laminated copies and single-use paper copies are also available in the Museum.

    Museum staff are happy to provide a full list of answers during your visit.

    General History - Picture Scavenger Hunt

    General History - Written Scavenger Hunt

    Transportation - Picture Scavenger Hunt

    Transportation - Written Scavenger Hunt

  • Click here to see the Summer 2021 Arts & Heritage Brochure

    Click here to watch recorded programs on our Facebook page 

    upcoming PROGRAMS 2021

    Family Fridays (All Ages)

    Every Friday afternoon this summer, families can visit Irving House and pick up fun crafts for all ages to take home and enjoy. While you’re at the house, take a free tour and discover New Westminster’s storied heritage.
    Irving House
    Fridays July & Aug
    *TIME UPDATE: 3:00 - 7:00pm 
    Reserve your spot here

    Hit the Dirt! (Age 4 - 6 years)

    Explore Irving House and learn how this historic family used plants and trees in their everyday lives. Get your hands dirty, plant seeds and make a garden marker to match. Harvest fresh vegetables from our Heritage Kitchen Garden to have a veggie tasting party
    Irving House
    Saturday, Aug 7
    10:00am - 12:00pm
    Fee: $16.75
    Register here: Course ID 93749

    Culinary Heritage: Chinese Cuisine in the Community Kitchen (All Ages) 

    Join an experienced participant from the Community Kitchen of Family Services of Greater Vancouver as she shares her favourite traditional Chinese recipe, Chinese Dumplings. During the cooking lesson, we will discuss the cultural heritage behind the recipe.
    Virtual via Zoom
    Thursday, August 12
    6:00 - 7:00 pm
    Register for free here: Course ID 93743

    Visit the Family Services of Greater Vancouver here

    A Photographic Tour of Panoramic New Westminster (All Ages)

    Panorama photographs often go unused and unseen due to their incredible width. Thanks to modern technology, Registrar Allan Blair will show these difficult photos in slow pans across the image. For the last 30 years, Allan has digitized and conserved roughly 40,000 archival images.
    Virtual via Zoom
    Thursday, August 19
    6:00 - 7:00 pm
    Register for free here: Course ID 93746

    Hangouts and Hidden History: A Virtual Tour of Carnarvon Street (All Ages)

    Did you know that parts of Carnarvon Street used to be bustling with businesses and people? Join our experienced volunteer, Sakura, as she leads you on a virtual tour of locations like the old public library and Chinatown. Each participant will be e-mailed a map of the locations covered during the program to take a self-guided walking tour.
    Virtual via Zoom
    Thursday, August 26
    6:00 - 7:00 pm
    Register for free here: Course ID 93747

    Virtual Victorian Book Club (14+ years)
    Our Victorian book club has gone virtual!  Every two months, discuss literature and culture as you sip tea and video chat with the club from home.  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 - online!
    Virtual Program via Zoom 
    Saturday, July 24
    The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
    1:00-2:00 pm

    Register for free at  

  • Wander Queen's Park reflects on the unceded territory of the Halq'eméylem 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

  • 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!



    Download fun heritage crafts, activities, and games inspired by Irving House, Samson V, and our local parks. Explore, play, and learn at home or school!  

    Postcard from the Park 

    Heritage Garden Guide

  • Currently on exhibit at the New Westminster Museum and Archives:

    In the Feature Gallery at the New Westminster Museum:

    Our Living Languages

    Until Thursday July 29, 2021

    Learn what First Nations communities throughout the province are doing to help 34 different languages survive and flourish, in Our Living Languages, a beautifully designed exhibition from the Royal BC Museum and First Peoples’ Cultural Council that celebrates the resilience and diversity of Indigenous languages in the face of change.

    This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada. 
    Ce projet a été rendu possible en partie grace au gouvernement du Canada.



    In Gallery 7 at the New Westminster Museum:

























    New West Together During Covid-19

    Until Sunday September 5, 2021


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

    Gallery 7 at the New Westminster Museum

    3rd floor Anvil Centre

    Open March 2021 - Sunday September 5, 2021



    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. 


  • 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

    Get involved in the exhibition with these activities:


    Leave a comment in our virtual guestbook.


    Which of these popular activities did you take up during the early pandemic?

    1. Baking and/or cooking
    2. Gardening
    3. Getting a pet
    4. Working out
    5. Decluttering
    6. Bird-watching
    7. Netflix binges
    8. Animal Crossing
    9. Doomscrolling
    10. Zoom happy hour

    Tell us by taking this poll.  Pick as many as you tried out.

    Share Your Experiences

    During the pandemic, what nice things have you done for other people?  What nice things have other people done for you?

    Let us know by clicking here.

    The pandemic has laid bare the problems in our society.  Over the last year, racism, poverty, housing, women’s status, ageism and ableism have frequent subjects of newspaper headlines. 

    While these problems didn’t start during the pandemic, it certainly made them worse and harder to ignore. 

    How can our community support these issues?

    Click here to answer.

    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?  

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

    The New Westminster Archives is home to a documentary heritage that tells the story of 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, the age of your house, the development of your neighbourhood, the history of a New Westminster business, or about the administration of local government, the New Westminster Museum and Archives is the place to discover your heritage.

    Enquiries to the collections

    Click here to search over 22,000 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 over 22,000 Archival records 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

  • Book a Visit

    Irving House is open on Saturdays by appointment only! Click here to book your timed, ticketed entry.

    Booking a visit:

    • Bookings can be made for visits on Saturdays 
    • Tours begin at 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, & 3:00 PM
    • One booking of up to six guests can be made in each time slot
    • Each booking will include a 45-minute guided tour of the house (length of tour may be shorter if requested)
    • Each guest over the age of twelve (12) is required to wear a mask unless they are unable to do so due to a health condition or a physical or mental impairment
    • The wearing of masks is strongly recommended for guests age two (2) to eleven (11)


    What to expect when you arrive at Irving House:

    • Please arrive 5 minutes prior your booked visit
    • Knock on the front door or call 604.636.4454 upon arrival
    • All visitors will be required to complete a health check form before entering the building
    • We ask visitors to use the provided hand sanitizer upon entry
    • Each visit includes a 45 minute guided tour of the house. Please inform the staff member if you need the tour to be shorter.
    • Museum staff will be sanitizing all high-touch surfaces between visitors.

    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 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.
  • Depending on need, the museum welcomes volunteers (following a short interview and orientation).

    Opportunities include:


    Take the first step by filling out the Volunteer Application form and emailing to .  

    Once an application is sent to the museum, the next steps are:

    • A telephone interview with the staff person overseeing the position.
    • An orientation of the volunteer site, artefact care and handling, basic New West history and more.
    • Other training as required.
  • 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

    Collection Policy

  • 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


  • This is an image of a street car on Columbia Street in the early 1900s. Street car and interurban lines ran in New Westminster from 1909 to 1948. Controlled by the British Columbia Electric Railway, the lines ran up 8th and 6th Street, East on Columbia Street, up 12th Street, through Queen’s Park neighbourhood, and through Sapperton. Image from New Westminster Archives NWPL1777

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