Feature Exhibitions


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.

Programs with this exhibition

Curator Talk: Meet Lee Sing Yen (14+ years)

Join Curator K. Linda Tzang to learn about the individual behind the Meet Lee Sing Yen exhibition. Lee Sing Yen was an ordinary man, working as a labourer in New Westminster for 50 years. It is rare for us to put a name to people like him, let alone be able to piece together some of his life. Using documents discovered in the archives we have been able to recreate some of story and learn how Canada’s historic, anti-Chinese policies impacted ordinary people.

Options for in-person or virtual via Zoom

Thursday, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
September 7
Registration Fee: Free   
Course ID 192356

*Registration opens August 17 (residents) & 18 (everyone)


Feature Gallery & Gallery 7 (Anvil Centre)

Opening October 5 2023 - April 2024

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