Feature Exhibitions


New Westminster Museum’s newest exhibition, titled “Downstream Where the Waters Mix” a season of “Honouring Our Grandmother’s Healing Journey”, is a multi-year movement. Curated by lead visionary artist, Nadine Spence, the project connects artists and Indigenous communities across B.C. through culture, arts and ceremony to restore relationships between generations with the water, lands and wild salmon. Featuring bentwood chests and boxes, woven blankets, carving, art, and regalia, this exhibition focuses on personal, family, and community healing journeys in a safe and respectful space that does not oppress the truth and realities of Indigenous Peoples of the past or in the present day. 

Long Term Galleries & Gallery 7 (Anvil Centre)

Coming Soon - Opening reception May 24
Anvil Centre, Museum Galleries (3rd floor)
777 Columbia Street


Feature Gallery & Gallery 7 (Anvil Centre)
Closing April 2024

Opening reception February 20, 2024 @ 6 - 8 pm 
Anvil Centre, Museum Galleries (3rd floor)
777 Columbia Street

*This event is open to the public, free, and does not require registration. 

Housing is the hottest topic around these days. Everywhere you turn, people are talking about housing but it’s not a new concern. How much, where and what people live in has been debated since New Westminster was founded in 1861. Housing Values is a new exhibit presented by the New Westminster Museum & Archives, examining ideas around housing in New Westminster and how cultural values, economics and history influence where and how we live in this city. The exhibit opens in October in honour of the United Nations’ World Habitat Day.

Programs associated with this exhibition:

Storytelling Walk: Homelessness and New Westminster (All Ages)

Walk with Museum staff and the New Westminster Homelessness Coalition Society today learn about homelessness in our community from a historical perspective. Engage with important sites and stories, including the voices of those with lived experience. The current work of the NWHCS and supportive housing will also be discussed. Presented as part of the official kick off to Homelessness Action Week in New Westminster.

Saturday, October 7
10:00am - 12:00pm
Registration Fee: Free Course ID: 191645


Gallery 2 (Anvil Centre)

Opening July 1 2023

On July 1, 1923, the Canadian government passed a law designed to stop Chinese immigration to Canada.  Over the next 24 years, only 14 new Chinese immigrants were allowed into Canada.  To commemorate this event, we invite you to meet Lee Sing Yen – an ordinary person who lived in New Westminster for 50 years and endured the consequences of Canada’s historic, anti-Chinese legislation.