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.

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    • 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

    • Hemp Makes Scents – Using Organic Hemp Seed Oil

      16+ years

      In association with New Westminster Museum’s feature exhibition about food security, join us as we use organic hemp seed oil to make high-quality skin products! High in essential omega fatty acids and consisting of proteins that absorb well into the skin, hemp seed oil is healing and rejuvenating. Participants will make and take home a Hemp Body Lotion, Hemp Seed Body Exfoliant, Heavenly Hemp Bath n’ Body Oil and a Hemp Seed Soap and get recipes for healing salves and body washes. All supplies included. 

      Anvil Centre | Studio 413

      TU          6:00 – 8:00 pm
      Jun 4

      $55     21158


      Face Value – Caffeine Skincare
      16+ years

      In association with New Westminster Museum’s feature exhibition about food security, join us as we explore natural skincare using something many of us already have at home – coffee! In this hands-on workshop, students will make and take an exfoliating coffee n’ coconut sugar scrub, coffee n’ cream soap bar, coffee butter lip balm and a replenishing, toning body oil. This is a great class for all coffee lovers or anyone who needs a little natural ‘get up and go” added to their current skin care regime.  All supplies included.

      Anvil Centre | Studio 411A

      THU 6:00 – 8:00 pm

      July 23

      $33.80        22822

       

      Drop-In Fee: By Donation

    • Meet the Archivist

      16+ years

      You are invited to meet our city archivist who will go through their top 10 favourite discoveries since beginning with the City of New Westminster.

      Anvil Centre | Archives Reading Room

      SA           11:00am-12:00pm

      Jun 8

      Free                       20751


      Top Dog: CKNW – The New Westminster Years

      14+ years

      Celebrate CKNW’s 75th anniversary with us!  In 1944, a small radio station went on the air, broadcasting from New Westminster’s Windsor Hotel. This station would go on to be “B.C.’s Most Listened-to Station,” occupying an important place in the community. It established the Orphans’ Fund in 1945 and raised money for it by a variety of community events. Using archival sources and focusing on the 1950s, we will examine the station’s years in the Royal City: its personalities, its programs, and more. Registration required.

      Anvil Centre | Room 417

      THU 7:00 - 8:00 pm

      Aug 15
      Free                        22973


    • Chocolatl: The Ancient Drink of Gods (All Ages)

      Come experience chocolate with a twist! Take a guided tour of our feature exhibition about food security, and then join us as we take you on a journey of authentic chocolate drinks, customs and history from Mexico and Columbia. Not only will you get to try these fantastic drinks, but you will also leave with a recipe and resource package, so that you can create them at home and wow your friends and family. This sweet and savory experience will have your taste buds rejoicing!

      Anvil Centre | Studio 411A

      TU                          7:00–8:00pm

      May 28

      $14.50               20761


      International Museums Day (All Ages)

      International Museums Day is a time to celebrate museums. This year we’re stretching the boundaries of the museum with a fun, interactive museum display at River Market designed to bring our rich and diverse history to life!

      River Market   

      SA           11:00am-3:00pm

      May 18

      Free  Drop-In


      National Indigenous Peoples Day (All Ages)

      National Indigenous Peoples Day events take place from coast to coast and New Westminster is no exception. Presented in association with Spirit of the Children Society, Savage Society and New Westminster Arts Council, join us for our fifth annual celebration and first event at Moody Park for a day of unique programming celebrating the diverse cultures of Canada’s Aboriginal populations. This free, family-friendly event features live cultural performances, crafts, and activities for all ages and all backgrounds.

      Moody Park                      

      FR

      Jun 21

      Free  Drop-In

       


      Saving Our Stones:  Cemetery Preservation Project

      All Ages

      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

      SAT & SUN, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

      July 20             23103
      July 21             23104
      July 27             23105
      July 28             23106

      Free



      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.
      Locations vary by date; please refer to schedule
      THU, 12:30 – 3:30 pm
      July 4               Moody Park
      July 11             Queen’s Park
      August 8          Hume Park
      August 15        Quayside Park

      Admission By Donation



      Bugs ‘n Bees: Pollination Workshop at Irving House
      All Ages

      Have you ever wanted to learn about the benefits of the critters in your garden?  How do they help us grow food at home?  We’ve been busy at Irving House and want to share our secrets!  In relation to our current exhibit, You Are What You Eat: Community Food Security, and led by our friends at UNIBUG at Douglas College, this workshop explores our Heritage Gardens to teach you all about identifying and counting pollinators, conducting garden surveys, and understanding the benefits of garden insects.  Registration Required.

      SAT 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
      August 18    
         
      Free            23295


      Family Fridays
      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    

      FRI 12:30 - 3:30 pm
      July        Samson V
      August    Irving House
      Free        Drop-In


       

      980 CKNW 75 YEARS CELEBRATION 

      Celebrate 980 CKNW’s 75thAnniversary with us! August 15, 1944, local radio station CKNW went on the air, broadcasting from New Westminster’s then Windsor Hotel located on Columbia Street. This radio station would go on to occupy an important place in the community, becoming the Lower Mainland’s most listened to station. This August 15th, join 980 CKNW hosts Jon McComb, Simi Sara, Lynda Steele and special guests as they broadcast LIVE from Anvil Centre. Try your reporting skills by recording your own broadcast at the promotional booth, check out The Golden Years of CKNW archival display, listen to a lecture, meet and greet the current and former 980 CKNW on air hosts, and much, much more. Global BC will be on site with live coverage of the event right here at Anvil Centre! 

      Anvil Centre Ground Floor          604.527.4640

      Thursday, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
      August 15
      Drop-in                Free

       

    • Chocolatl: The Ancient Drink of Gods (All Ages)

      Come experience chocolate with a twist! Take a guided tour of our feature exhibition about food security, and then join us as we take you on a journey of authentic chocolate drinks, customs and history from Mexico and Columbia. Not only will you get to try these fantastic drinks, but you will also leave with a recipe and resource package, so that you can create them at home and wow your friends and family. This sweet and savory experience will have your taste buds rejoicing!

      Anvil Centre | Studio 411A

      TU                          7:00–8:00pm

      May 28

      $14.50               20761


      Bugs ‘n Bees: Pollination Workshop at Irving House
      All Ages

      Have you ever wanted to learn about the benefits of the critters in your garden?  How do they help us grow food at home?  We’ve been busy at Irving House and want to share our secrets!  In relation to our current exhibit, You Are What You Eat: Community Food Security, and led by our friends at UNIBUG at Douglas College, this workshop explores our Heritage Gardens to teach you all about identifying and counting pollinators, conducting garden surveys, and understanding the benefits of garden insects.  Registration Required.

      SAT 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
      August 18       
       

      Free            23295


      Face Value – Caffeine Skincare

      16+ years

      In association with New Westminster Museum’s feature exhibition about food security, join us as we explore natural skincare using something many of us already have at home – coffee! In this hands-on workshop, students will make and take an exfoliating coffee n’ coconut sugar scrub, coffee n’ cream soap bar, coffee butter lip balm and a replenishing, toning body oil. This is a great class for all coffee lovers or anyone who needs a little natural ‘get up and go” added to their current skin care regime.  All supplies included.

      Anvil Centre | Studio 411A

      THU 6:00 – 8:00 pm

      July 23

      $33.80        22822

       

    • SFU Philosopher’s Café – Nature & Harmony

      16+ years
      Join us in the museum as we think about our relationship with the natural world. Does being in contact with nature have curative effects? Does the opposite have deleterious effects?  What, if anything, ought to be done about this?

      Anvil Centre | New Westminster Museum

      Moderator: Valerie Malla

      WE         6:00-7:30pm

      May 22

      Free  Drop-In


      SFU Philosopher’s Café – Opportunities & Oppressions

      16+ years
      Join us in the museum as we discuss relevant philosophical issues with members of your community. We are all born into and live within great systems that govern opportunities and oppressions: when it comes to the medical, legal, and educational systems – do we have a meaningful say?

      Anvil Centre | New Westminster Museum

      Moderator: Valerie Malla

      WE         6:00-7:30pm

      Jun 26

      Free  Drop-In


      SFU Philosopher’s Café – Loneliness & Belonging

      16+ years

      Join us in the museum as we discuss relevant philosophical issues with members of your community. This session we explore our social environment. Are single-adults ignored in our society?  Does this attitude contribute to the increased numbers of singles living isolated lives?

      Anvil Centre | New Westminster Museum

      Moderator: Valerie Malla

      WE 6:00-7:30 pm
      July  10

      Free             Drop-In

    • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

      8-12 years

      Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is one of the most popular books in film and literature. We will create crafts and play traditional games based on this Victorian novel, and then make decorations, hats, and prepare food to hold our very own Mad Hatter tea party.

      Irving House

      SA           10:00am-1:00pm

      Jun 22

      $20     20749


      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  

      SAT 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
      July 6

      $13.70         22969



      A Day in the Life of a Pioneer
      6 – 10 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 create 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  

      SAT 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
      July 13

      $15.25         22970


      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

       

    • Tall Trees and Tall Tales: Queen’s Park Walking Tour

      16+ years

      Queen’s Park is the crown jewel of New Westminster’s Parks. In 1887, the year of Queen Victoria’s jubilee, it was the first park created in the colony of British Columbia at a time when plant hunters scoured the world looking for exotic plants and trees to fill the Victorians’ insatiable demand for new plantings. See how the landscape of the park has changed over the years and learn how many of the trees and plants got their names and the lengths that plant hunters would go to in order to be the first to send their precious cargo home.

      Queen’s Park Main Gate (1st St. & 3rd Ave.)

      SA           10:30am-12:00pm

      Jun 22

      $15     20752


      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.  Registration Required.

      Meet at the World’s Tallest Tin Soldier (East end of River Market)        

      SAT 3:30 - 5:00 pm

      July 21             
      Admission By Donation        22971

       
    • 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.