Programs

Register for arts & heritage programs!

New Westminster including Anvil Centre, Irving House, and Samson V is home to a vibrant array of community and international programs, including: dance, music, theatrical performances, arts and crafts programs for all ages, artist talks, film screenings, gallery tours & openings and cultural festivals.

To see a full listing of our arts and heritage programs Click Here.

To register Click Here or call 604.527.4640.

    • Our curriculum-based school programs with hands-on learning are designed to engage and inspire your students. Programs are presented by staff and trained volunteer docents in Irving House and the Museum and Archives.

      School Bookings Require:
      • Advance booking is required, please call or email us
      • Payment (VISA, MC, Cash, Cheque) is required at booking
      • Advance notice of student special needs helps us serve you better
      • Cancellations require 5 business days' notice for refunds. Cancellations made thereafter will not be refunded

    • Seasonal Handmade Skincare (16+ years)

      Stuffing stockings at Christmas is an old tradition. Children were encouraged to place their boots outside the door on Christmas Eve to receive gifts. Keep the tradition alive by making your own stocking stuffers including mineral-based body powder, papaya sugar scrub, an exotic body oil, and an aromatherapy roll-on. Also receive recipes on body sprays and tub treats! All supplies included.

      Anvil Centre Room 413A
      Wed, Dec. 5, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
      Registration fee: $47.00 
      Barcode #13181


      Traditional Hand-Sewn Christmas Ornaments (11-14 years)

      Before the turn of the 20th century, Christmas ornaments were handmade. Learn how to sew basic stitches to create your own beautiful ornaments made out of felt for the holiday season! All supplies included.

      Irving House, 302 Royal Ave  
      Sat, Dec. 8, 9:30 am – 11:30 am
      Registration Fee $25.00 
      Barcode # 12649


      Christmas Cheer at Irving House (All Ages)

      Travel back in time to the days of holly, ivy and old St. Nicholas! Irving House is decked out in Victorian Christmas splendour for the holiday season. Enjoy live Christmas music with a variety of performers in our parlour and make a small decoration for one of the Irving House Christmas trees.

      Irving House 
      Sat & Sun, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
      December 8, 9, 15 & 16
      Drop-in Fee:  By Donation


      Victorian Christmas Tea (All Ages)

      Get in the holiday spirit by treating yourself to Victorian tea in the Grandmother’s Room at Irving House. Surrounded by the splendour of a Victorian Christmas, you will be served tea and traditional holiday treats. Musical entertainment will complete an afternoon of relaxation and holiday cheer. Each seating can accommodate six guests; individuals can sign up for the 3:00 pm sittings on Saturdays.

      Irving House 
      Saturday, December 8
      2:00 pm   12633

      Sunday, December 9
      12:00 pm   12634
      3:00 pm    12637

      Saturday, December 15
      SOLD OUT

      Sunday, December 16
      SOLD OUT
      Registration Fee: $120.00 for six people

      Individual registration:
      Saturday, December 8

      SOLD OUT
      Saturday, December 15
      3:00 pm   12647
      Registration Fee: $20.00 per person
    • Embroidery 101 (16+ years)
      Developed from the decorative possibilities of sewing, the art of embroidery has been passed from generation to generation in diverse cultures, often shown as a mark of wealth and status. Beginning with a tour of Irving House to draw inspiration from embroidered artefacts in the Museum’s collection, learn four embroidery methods – basic stitches, chicken scratch, cross stitch, and silk ribbon. All supplies included.

      Irving House  
      Saturdays, 9:30 am – 11:00 am
      February 23-March 16
      Registration Fee: 47.00  16603


      SFU Philosopher’s Café – Intergroup Relations in Early BC (16+ years)
      From the first contact of Europeans with the First Nation's Peoples, the formation of Canada, through the Gold Rush, we take a look at the early history of British Columbia in terms of how intergroup relations developed between multi-ethnic peoples and their consequences from our modern-day perspectives. This program is in association with New Westminster Museum’s permanent gallery.
      Moderator: Valerie Malla

      New Westminster Museum at Anvil Centre 
      Wednesday, 6:00-7:30 pm
      January 16
      Drop-in Fee: Free

       


      Stuff Museums Never Told You (16+ years)
      Join us to hear some of the strange New Westminster history we’ve uncovered at the museum.  Our volunteer historians highlight the outtakes from yesteryear as they share favourite stories that never make it into exhibits.

      Anvil Centre Studio 411A    
      Saturday, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
      January 19
      Registration Required: By Donation   16606


      Afternoon Tea at Irving House (14+ years)
      Tea has become a staple in many Canadian homes, but what is afternoon tea and how does it differ from high tea? How has tea impacted world events, world cultures and the Canadian culture? Join us at Irving House as we learn about this staple in Canadian homes and enjoy a proper sitting of this tradition.

      Irving House 
      Sunday, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
      January 27
      Registration Fee: $20.00   16605


      All Natural Hair Care (16+ years)
      Get back to the roots of natural hair care. Using an array of herbal botanicals, aromatherapy oils, and moisturizing shampoo bars, make your own nourishing hair products whether your hair is oily, dry, colour treated or dealing with dandruff or hair loss. Make and take a black castor oil scalp soother, dry shampoo, hydrating leave-in conditioner, and an herbal shampoo. All supplies included.

      Anvil Centre Studio 411A
      Wednesday, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
      January 30
      Registration Fee: $45.00  16608


      SFU Philosopher’s Café – Canada’s Immigration Policies (16+ years)
      Canada's immigration policies are referred to as they became more restrictive in the early 20th century to less restrictive in the late 20th century: discussion around immigration, diversity, multiculturalism, and community will be the focus. This program is in association with New Westminster Museum’s permanent gallery.
      Moderator: Valerie Malla
      New Westminster Museum at Anvil Centre 

      Wednesday, 6:00-7:30 pm
      February 6
      Drop-in Fee: Free


      Botanical Body Care (16+ years)
      Tap into the natural power of plants. Learn to make botanical body care products and take home a ginger n’ lime body polish, aloe body spray, hibiscus body wash, and tropical body butter. All supplies included.

      Anvil Centre Room 411A  
      Tuesday, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
      February 19
      Registration Fee: $42.25  16609


      SFU Philosopher’s Café – Getting the Word Out (16+ years)
      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 mainstream 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?
      Moderator: Valerie Malla

      New Westminster Museum at Anvil Centre  
      Wednesday, 6:00-7:30 pm
      March 6
      Drop-in Fee: Free


      Protest & Propaganda: Printmaking Workshop (18+ years)
      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. This program is in association with New Westminster Museum’s feature exhibition, Getting the Word Out. All supplies included.

      Anvil Centre Studio 411A  
      Thursday, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
      February 28
      Registration Fee: $16.00  16610


      Victorian Book Club (16+ years)
      Discuss Victorian literature and culture as you sip tea in the luxurious 1865 Irving House.  We will read literary works by the Brontës, Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, Oscar Wilde, H. G. Wells, Joseph Conrad, Henry James, Mark Twain and others. This is the perfect opportunity to meet new people and get involved in your community! The club meets on Saturday’s every two months.

      Irving House 
      Saturday, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
      Call for dates
      Drop-In Fee: By Donation

      Drop-In Fee: By Donation

    • Read All About It (All Ages)
      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.

      Anvil Centre Studio 411A    
      Saturday, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
      February 9
      Registration Required: By Donation  16633 

    • Read All About It (All Ages)
      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.

      Anvil Centre Studio 411A  
      Saturday, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
      February 9
      Registration Required: By Donation  16633


      Victorian Valentine’s Family Drop-In (All ages)
      Learn about old-time Valentines and then make your own cards to send out to your sweetheart!

      Irving House
      Saturday, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
      February 9
      Drop-In Fee: By Donation


      Family Day on Samson V (All ages)
      Gather up the family as Samson V opens up its doors for the first time since October! Tour the last steam-powered sternwheeler in B.C., then try some knot-tying, learn about the parts of the ship through a scavenger hunt, make some fun arts and crafts, and learn about maritime symbols in heraldic crests from the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada.

      Samson V 
      Monday, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
      February 18
      Drop-In Fee: By Donation


      A Tribe of One: Film Screening (All Ages)
      In association with the Pacific Coast Dance Festival, this film follows Rhonda Larrabee who discovered she was of First Nations descent. Rhonda's journey led eventually to the dramatic resolution of her own identity: obtaining her Indian Status Card and re-establishing the New Westminster Band. Today, as proud Chief of the Band, she is focused on revitalizing the Qayqayt First Nations. Featuring beautiful archival images and compelling interviews, this documentary captures Rhonda's quest to embrace her roots and make amends for her mother's pain.

      Anvil Centre Room 417
      Saturday, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
      February 23
      Registration Required: Free  16635


      The Changing Face of Journalism: Panel Discussion (All Ages)
      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.

      Anvil Centre Studio 411A 
      Saturday, 10:30 am-12:00 pm
      March 9
      Registration Required: By Donation  16632

    • Adult

      Protest & Propaganda: Printmaking Workshop (18+ years)

      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. This program is in association with New Westminster Museum’s feature exhibition, Getting the Word Out. All supplies included.

      Anvil Centre Studio 411A     
      Thursday, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
      February 28
      Registration Fee: $16.00  16610


      SFU Philosopher’s Café – Getting the Word Out (16+ years)
      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 mainstream 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?
      Moderator: Valerie Malla

      New Westminster Museum at Anvil Centre  
      Wednesday, 6:00-7:30 pm
      March 6
      Drop-in Fee: Free


      Family

      Read All About It (All Ages)
      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.

      Anvil Centre Studio 411A     
      Saturday, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
      February 9
      Registration Required: By Donation  16633


      The Changing Face of Journalism: Panel Discussion (All Ages)
      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.

      Anvil Centre Studio 411A   
      Saturday, 10:30 am-12:00 pm
      March 9
      Registration Required: By Donation  16632

    • SFU Philosopher’s Café – Intergroup Relations in Early BC (16+ years)
      From the first contact of Europeans with the First Nation's Peoples, the formation of Canada, through the Gold Rush, we take a look at the early history of British Columbia in terms of how intergroup relations developed between multi-ethnic peoples and their consequences from our modern-day perspectives. This program is in association with New Westminster Museum’s permanent gallery.
      Moderator: Valerie Malla

      New Westminster Museum at Anvil Centre 
      Wednesday, 6:00-7:30 pm
      January 16
      Drop-in Fee: Free


      SFU Philosopher’s Café – Canada’s Immigration Policies (16+ years)
      Canada's immigration policies are referred to as they became more restrictive in the early 20th century to less restrictive in the late 20th century: discussion around immigration, diversity, multiculturalism, and community will be the focus. This program is in association with New Westminster Museum’s permanent gallery.
      Moderator: Valerie Malla

      New Westminster Museum at Anvil Centre 
      Wednesday, 6:00-7:30 pm
      February 6
      Drop-in Fee: Free


      SFU Philosopher’s Café – Getting the Word Out (16+ years)
      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 mainstream 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?
      Moderator: Valerie Malla

      New Westminster Museum at Anvil Centre 
      Wednesday, 6:00-7:30 pm
      March 6
      Drop-in Fee: Free 

    • Embroidery 101 (16+ years)
      Developed from the decorative possibilities of sewing, the art of embroidery has been passed from generation to generation in diverse cultures, often shown as a mark of wealth and status. Beginning with a tour of Irving House to draw inspiration from embroidered artefacts in the Museum’s collection, learn four embroidery methods – basic stitches, chicken scratch, cross stitch, and silk ribbon. All supplies included.

      Irving House  
      Saturdays, 9:30 am – 11:00 am
      February 23-March 16
      Registration Fee: 47.00  16603


      Afternoon Tea at Irving House (14+ years)
      Tea has become a staple in many Canadian homes, but what is afternoon tea and how does it differ from high tea? How has tea impacted world events, world cultures and the Canadian culture? Join us at Irving House as we learn about this staple in Canadian homes and enjoy a proper sitting of this tradition.

      Irving House
      Sunday, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
      January 27
      Registration Fee: $20.00   16605


      Victorian Valentine’s Family Drop-In (All ages)
      Learn about old-time Valentines and then make your own cards to send out to your sweetheart!

      Irving House 
      Saturday, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
      February 9
      Drop-In Fee: By Donation


      Victorian Book Club (16+ years)
      Discuss Victorian literature and culture as you sip tea in the luxurious 1865 Irving House.  We will read literary works by the Brontës, Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, Oscar Wilde, H. G. Wells, Joseph Conrad, Henry James, Mark Twain and others. This is the perfect opportunity to meet new people and get involved in your community! The club meets on Saturday’s every two months.

      Irving House 
      Saturday, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
      Call for dates
      Drop-In Fee: By Donation

    • Guided group tours can be booked for New Westminster Museum at Anvil Centre, Irving House, or Samson V on weekdays for $50.00 (1-15 people) and $100.00 (maximum of 25 people). Call 604.527.4640 or e-mail museum@newwestcity.ca for more information.