Irving House

Book a Visit

Please note that Irving House is closed Saturday December 26 2020 and January 2 2021

Call 604.527.4640 or e-mail to book an appointment.

  • The names and contact numbers for each guest must be provided at the time of booking.

 

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 wear a mask due to a health condition or 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.