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    High Streamflow Advisory
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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 72 hours notice before the tour for refunds. Cancellations made thereafter will not be refunded

    • Anne of Green Gables (8 - 12 years)
      One of Canada's most beloved characters is explored and we will see what the spunky Anne and Irving House children had in common.  Try some child-friendly raspberry cordial, have an Edwardian tea including sandwiches, then make a scrapbook, a rag rug and more to take home.

      Irving House 
      Saturday, June 23
      10:00 am - 1:00 pm
      Registration Fee: $20.00

      Barcode #4680 

      Faery Fantasy (4 - 6 years)
      Kids will explore the secrets of garden fairies as they discover the age-old mysteries inspired by the stories and rhymes of fairy frolic. An afternoon of fairy lore and fun with garden games and crafts will captivate young minds and hearts. 

      Irving House 
      Saturday, July 7
      10:00 am - 12:00 pm
      Registration Fee: $16.75        

      Barcode# 6538

      A Day in the Life of a Pioneer (5 - 8 years)
      Travel back in time to experience a day in the life of a child in pioneer times. Learn about lighting and toys before electricity and batteries by creating your own dipped candles and a wooden toy to take home! Try children’s daily tasks like churning butter or scrubbing laundry using real antiques and make some lemonade to drink with a snack.

      Irving House  
      Saturday, July 14
      10:00 am - 12:00 pm
      Registration Fee: $18.75   

      Barcode# 6539

      Hit the Dirt! (9 - 12 years)
      Learn how trees and plants have been used by people in New Westminster for thousands of years. Get your hands dirty and harvest fresh vegetables from our Heritage Kitchen Garden to eat, explore Irving House and learn how the family used plants and wood in their everyday lives, and weave willow branches to create a cuff or bracelet to take home!

      Irving House  
      Saturday, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
      August 25                               
      Registration Fee: $16.75       

      Barcode# 6549

    • Victorian Book Club (18+ years)

      Discuss Victorian (and Edwardian) 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 many others. This is the perfect opportunity to meet new people and get involved in your community! The book club meets on a Saturday afternoon every two months.

      Irving House 
      Saturdays, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
      Please call for dates and more information
      Admission by Donation

      Drop-In Fee: By Donation

    • Duck and Cover (12+ years)
      Our homes should be places we feel safe. In times of trouble, extra measures are needed to ensure this. Join our City Archivist as we explore New Westminster’s civil defence efforts in World War II and the Cold War.
      Anvil Centre Room 417    
      Sunday, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
      February 18
      Registration Required: Free         161820 

      Root, Root, Root for the Home Team (12+ years)
      New Westminster has had a long history of supporting its sports teams. Join our City Archivist and travel through time as we explore New Westminster’s love affair with its home teams.
      Anvil Centre Room 417    
      Sunday, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
      March 11
      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.  From questionable medicine to drunken chicken farmers parking their rotting fish on Columbia, our volunteer historians highlight the outtakes from yesteryear. 
      Anvil Centre Room 311    
      Saturday, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
      January 20
      Drop-in Fee: Free             162131

    • Our Working Waterfront Walking Tour (19+ years)
      Walk along New Westminster’s waterfront as we highlight the instrumental role of waterfront industry in New Westminster over the last 70 years. Learn about New Westminster’s international shipping ports, saw mills, shipbuilding outfits and how that legacy continues to reverberate in today’s increasingly residential waterfront. The tour will end at Steel & Oak, an example of contemporary waterfront industry, where guests are encouraged to continue the conversation about our working waterfront.

      Meet at the World’s Tallest Tin Soldier (East end of River Market)         
      Saturday, July 21
      3:30 - 5:00 pm
      Registration Required: By Donation 

      Barcode# 6550

      Homes, Hangouts and Hidden History: A Walking Tour of Twelfth Street (all ages)
      Join the West End’s knowledgeable walker Mary Wilson and New Westminster Museum Curator, Oana Capota, in a walk down Twelfth Street and side streets, exploring the idea of home and transportation in the neighbourhood. Learn about the street’s secrets, with its long-gone orphanage, homes, trams, its hidden graffiti and sidewalk history, and a shocking story from the 1950s.  This walk is part of the Museum’s exhibits Be/Longing and People Gotta Move.

      Meet at 12th St. & 10th Ave. (NW corner)
      Saturday August 18
      10:00 am – 12 noon
      Registration Fee: By Donation   
      Barcode# 7505

    • International Museums Day (All Ages)

      International Museums Day is a time to celebrate museums. Join us at the New Westminster Museum for a day of tours and activities designed to bring our rich and diverse history to life!

      Anvil Centre  
      Friday, May 18
      10:00 am - 5:00 pm
      Drop-in Fee:  By Donation

      National Aboriginal Day (All Ages)
      National Aboriginal Day events take place from coast to coast and New Westminster is no exception. Join us at Anvil Centre for a day of unique programming celebrating the diverse cultures of Canada’s Aboriginal populations.

      Westminster Pier Park
      Thursday, June 21
      10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

      Board Games: Then & Now (All Ages)
      Gather the family on the last Saturday of every month and try out old-time games and toys from the museum’s teaching collection and some new games that will get you thinking.

      New Westminster Museum at Anvil Centre
      Saturday, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
      May 26 & June 30
      Admission by Donation

      Pop-Up Museum in the Park (all ages)
      This summer the Museum comes to you! Join us at our neighbourhood parks for some old fashioned fun and games. We’ll be set up with artefacts from our Teaching Collection and each week we have a different activity, craft, or game for you to explore, play, and learn.

      New Westminster Museum  
      Thursday, 12:30 - 3:00 pm
      July 5               Moody Park               
      July 12             Queens Park   
      August 2          Hume Park     
      August 9          Quayside Park

      Drop-in Fee: By Donation                

      Family Friday Drop-In (all ages)
      Every Friday afternoon this summer, families can enjoy fun crafts and games for all ages in New Westminster’s heritage spaces. In July, learn about the work Samson V did on the Fraser River and explore the last surviving wooden steam-powered sternwheeler. In August, join us at Irving House to explore Victorian life in the oldest intact house in the lower mainland.

      Samson V & Irving House
      Samson V - July
      Irving House - August
      Friday, 12:30 - 3:00 pm
      Drop-in Fee: By Donation

    • Saving Our Stones: Cemetery Preservation Project

      The New Westminster Museum is continuing our successful program to help the public preserve the City’s grave markers. Under the guidance of museum staff, local groups and individuals are invited to volunteer their time to clean gravestones using best practices. This is a unique way for the community to work together and show respect to those who came before them. Please meet at the main office located at 100 Richmond Street. Registration required.

      Fraser Cemetery, 100 Richmond Street
      Thursday & Saturday, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

      Date                Barcode #

      July 19             6540
      July 21             6542
      July 26             6547
      July 28             6548
      August 9          6543
      August 11        6544
      August 16        6545
      August 18        6546

      Registration Required: FREE

    • Guided group tours can be booked for New Westminster Museum at Anvil Centre, Irving House, or Samson V on weekdays for $66.00 (adult groups) and $59.00 (children's group) for a maximum of 25 participants.
    • Mother’s Day Tea (All Ages)
      Spoil mom on her special day with tea served in “Grandmother’s Room” at Irving House. Enjoy tea, refreshments, and a guided tour of the home of Elizabeth Irving, one of the City’s pioneer mothers! Each seating accommodates six guests; individuals can sign up for the 3:00 pm sitting on Sunday, May 13th.

      Irving House 
      Saturday, May 12
      SOLD OUT!

      Sunday, May 13
      12:00 pm - 4689 (group tea)
      Registration Fee: $120.00 for six people

      3:00 pm - 4692 (individual tea - call to book as a group of 6)
      Registration Fee: $20.00 per person

    • Crafts from Around the World (5 - 8 years)
      Take a flight around the world and visit five different countries to learn about their celebrations and culture. Each day you will create a variety of fun crafts and learn to say some words in the country’s native language to understand the new places you’ve visited.
      Anvil Centre Room 311 
      Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
      March 19 - 23
      Registration Fee: $47.00

      Adventures in History Camp (5 - 8 years)
      Explore New Westminster’s history with this fun and exciting day camp! Incorporating a variety of crafts and activities, we will learn how people long ago moved through New Westminster by water, air, and on land. We will also discover the world of animation and printmaking before the digital age. There’s something for everyone in this hands-on program!
      Anvil Centre Room 311
      Monday - Friday, 1:00 - 3:00 pm               
      March 19 - 23
      Registration Fee: $72.50

      Introduction to Traditional Textile Arts (9 - 11 years)
      Textile arts have been an important part of human life since civilization began. Learn the traditional skills of weaving, knitting, sewing, and macramé to create hand-made projects such as stuffed toys, bracelets, and more. Each week we will look at textile arts from the Museum’s collections. All supplies included.
      Anvil Centre Room 311
      Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
      March 26 - 29
      Registration Fee: $65.25 155286

      Traditional Hand Sewing Made Easy (12 - 14 years)
      Before the 1800s, women spent many hours sewing clothes for themselves and their families by hand. Learn how to sew basic stitches and create hand-made projects like lace arm warmers, an embroidered bracelet and a fascinator. Each week we will look at hand-sewn artefacts from the Museum’s collections. All supplies included.
      Anvil Centre Room 311 
      Monday - Friday, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
      March 26 - 29
      Registration Fee: $78.75 155287

    • Check back for more programs in Fall 2017!