Register for Arts and 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

    • Anne of Green Gables

      8-12 years

      Meet one of Canada's most beloved literary characters. Kids will explore Irving House to discover what spunky Anne with an “e” and the Irving children had in common. Throw an Edwardian tea party, make delicious raspberry cordial, then create a day dreamer’s scrapbook and other imaginative crafts to take home.

      Irving House

      SA 10:00 – 1:00 pm

      Feb 1

      1/$19.95               34750


      Writing Fairy Tales: Creating Something From Nothing

      10-12 years

      Delve into the wonderful world of story!  Uncover the magic and meaning behind fairy tales, develop creativity through writing games, record a collaborative oral story, and discover stories of New Westminster by exploring the Museum galleries.

      Anvil Centre | New Westminster Museum         

      SA 1:00 – 4:00 pm

      March 7

      Registration Fee: $18      34751


    • Victorian Christmas Tea

      All Ages

      Get in the holiday spirit by treating yourself to Victorian tea in Grandmother’s Room.  Surrounded by the splendor 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 sitting on Saturdays.  Please note any food allergies upon registration.

      Irving House

      SAT, Dec 7

      12:00 pm              28919 - SOLD OUT

      1:00 pm                28920 - SOLD OUT 

      2:00 pm                28921 - SOLD OUT

      3:00 pm                28922 - SOLD OUT

      SUN, Dec 8

      12:00 pm              28923 - SOLD OUT

      1:00 pm                28924 - SOLD OUT

      2:00 pm                28925 - SOLD OUT

      3:00 pm                28926 - SOLD OUT

      SAT , Dec 14

      12:00 pm              28927 - SOLD OUT

      1:00 pm                28928 - SOLD OUT

      2:00 pm                28929 - SOLD OUT

      3:00 pm                28930 - SOLD OUT 

      SUN, Dec 15

      12:00 pm              28931 - SOLD OUT

      1:00 pm                28932 - SOLD OUT

      2:00 pm                28933 - SOLD OUT

      3:00 pm                28934 - SOLD OUT

      1/$120 for six people

      1/$20 for individual registration


      Christmas Cheer

      All Ages

      Travel back in time to the days of holly, ivy, and old St. Nicholas!  Irving House is decked out in Victorian Christmas splendor 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

      Dec 7, 8, 14 & 15

      1/Drop-In, By Donation


      Victorian Valentine’s Family Drop-In

      All Ages

      Learn about old-time Valentines and make your own cards to send out to your sweetheart!

      Irving House     

      SA 1:00-3:00pm                

      February 8                          

      1/ By Donation


      Heartwarming: Historic Fashion Show

      10+ years

      In association with our feature exhibition The Heat Is On: Keeping Warm Then, Keeping Cool now, Guest Curator Ivan Sayers presents a historic fashion show just in time for Valentine’s weekend. This lighthearted show will illustrate how women over the last century have dressed to keep warm or stay cool, but still remain chic. We will show everything from flannelette bloomers, miniskirts, and ski suits to dresses for the holiday escape. Not eligible for subsidy.

      Anvil Centre | Theatre 

      SA 2:00 – 4:00pm

      February 15

      1/$20 (Adults)                  34756

      1/$10 (Students)             34757


    • 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. Registration required.

      Anvil Centre | New Westminster Museum         

      SA 10:00 – 11:00 am

      January 18          

      1/Free  34760


      Outtakes from the Heating Exhibit

      14+ years

      Come hear the stories that didn’t make it into the heating exhibit, tales of ice and fire here in New West. From saloons burning down to changing winter entertainments, get to know some of the lesser known stories about your city. Registration required.

      Anvil Centre | New Westminster Museum                         

      TH 7:00 – 8:00 pm

      March 5

      1/ Free 34752


      Handmade Heritage: BEE Cause Body Care

      16+ years

      In association with our student exhibit, Don’t Worry, Bee Happy, we’re uncovering the limitless benefits of bees. In this class, use organic beeswax and honey to make and take a healthy lip balm, herbal salve, facial mask, lotion bar, and aromatherapy candle. All supplies included. Not eligible for subsidy.

      Anvil Centre | Room 411A          

      TH 6:30 – 8:30 pm

      February 6

      1/$42.50               34755


      Handmade Heritage: Clean n’ Green

      16+ years

      In association with our feature exhibition, The Heat Is On: Keeping Warm Then, Keeping Cool Now, we’re finding ways to be more responsible in the face of climate change. As you enter spring, discover environmentally-friendly household cleaners, disinfectants, aromatic fresheners, and effective bug repellents. All supplies included. Not eligible for subsidy.

      Anvil Centre | Room 413A          

      MO 6:30 – 8:30 pm

      March 30

      1/$38.50               34761


      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 as we learn about and enjoy this staple in Canadian homes.

      Irving House | Grandmother’s Room

      SU 1:00 – 2:30 pm           

      January 26                          

      Registration Fee: $20      34753


      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!

      Irving House | Grandmother’s Room     

      Call for Dates    

      1/By Donation


      SFU Philosophers’ Café: Climate Change & Recycling

      16+ years

      Join us at Queensborough Community Centre as we discuss relevant philosophical issues with members of our community.  This time, in association with our feature exhibition, The Heat is On: Keeping Warm Then, Keeping Cool Now, we consider recycling. Does it matter? What do small measures achieve? Moderator: Manav Sekhri.

      Queensborough Community Centre | Poplar Room        

      MO 6:00 – 7:30 pm

      January 13

      1/Drop-in


      SFU Philosophers’ Café: Climate Change & Cars

      16+ years

      Join us at Queensborough Community Centre as we discuss relevant philosophical issues with members of our community.  This time, in association with our feature exhibition, The Heat is On: Keeping Warm Then, Keeping Cool Now, we ask, what steps can we take to reduce the number of cars on the road? Moderator: Manav Sekhri.

      Queensborough Community Centre | Poplar Room        

      MO 6:00 – 7:30 pm

      March 9

      1/Drop-in


      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


       

      Christmas Cheer

      All Ages

      Travel back in time to the days of holly, ivy, and old St. Nicholas!  Irving House is decked out in Victorian Christmas splendor 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

      Dec 7, 8, 14 & 15

      1/Drop-In, By Donation


      Anne of Green Gables

      8-12 years

      Meet one of Canada's most beloved literary characters. Kids will explore Irving House to discover what spunky Anne with an “e” and the Irving children had in common. Throw an Edwardian tea party, make delicious raspberry cordial, then create a day dreamer’s scrapbook and other imaginative crafts to take home.

      Irving House

      SA 10:00 – 1:00 pm

      Feb 1

      1/$19.95               34750


      Victorian Valentine’s Family Drop-In

      All Ages

      Learn about old-time Valentines and make your own cards to send out to your sweetheart!

      Irving House     

      SA 1:00-3:00pm                

      February 8                          

      1/ By Donation


      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 as we learn about and enjoy this staple in Canadian homes.

      Irving House | Grandmother’s Room

      SU 1:00 – 2:30 pm           

      January 26                          

      Registration Fee: $20      34753

       

    • Heartwarming: Historic Fashion Show

      10+ years

      In association with our feature exhibition The Heat Is On: Keeping Warm Then, Keeping Cool now, Guest Curator Ivan Sayers presents a historic fashion show just in time for Valentine’s weekend. This lighthearted show will illustrate how women over the last century have dressed to keep warm or stay cool, but still remain chic. We will show everything from flannelette bloomers, miniskirts, and ski suits to dresses for the holiday escape. Not eligible for subsidy.

      Anvil Centre | Theatre 

      SA 2:00 – 4:00pm

      February 15

      1/$20 (Adults)                  34756

      1/$10 (Students)             34757


      Outtakes from the Heating Exhibit

      14+ years

      Come hear the stories that didn’t make it into the heating exhibit, tales of ice and fire here in New West. From saloons burning down to changing winter entertainments, get to know some of the lesser known stories about your city. Registration required.

      Anvil Centre | New Westminster Museum                         

      TH 7:00 – 8:00 pm

      March 5

      1/ Free 34752


      Handmade Heritage: Clean n’ Green

      16+ years

      In association with our feature exhibition, The Heat Is On: Keeping Warm Then, Keeping Cool Now, we’re finding ways to be more responsible in the face of climate change. As you enter spring, discover environmentally-friendly household cleaners, disinfectants, aromatic fresheners, and effective bug repellents. All supplies included. Not eligible for subsidy.

      Anvil Centre | Room 413A          

      MO 6:30 – 8:30 pm

      March 30

      1/$38.50               34761


      SFU Philosophers’ Café: Climate Change & Recycling

      16+ years

      Join us at Queensborough Community Centre as we discuss relevant philosophical issues with members of our community.  This time, in association with our feature exhibition, The Heat is On: Keeping Warm Then, Keeping Cool Now, we consider recycling. Does it matter? What do small measures achieve? Moderator: Manav Sekhri.

      Queensborough Community Centre | Poplar Room        

      MO 6:00 – 7:30 pm

      January 13

      1/Drop-in


      SFU Philosophers’ Café: Climate Change & Cars

      16+ years

      Join us at Queensborough Community Centre as we discuss relevant philosophical issues with members of our community.  This time, in association with our feature exhibition, The Heat is On: Keeping Warm Then, Keeping Cool Now, we ask, what steps can we take to reduce the number of cars on the road? Moderator: Manav Sekhri.

      Queensborough Community Centre | Poplar Room        

      MO 6:00 – 7:30 pm

      March 9

      1/Drop-in

       

    • SFU Philosophers' Cafe

      Hosted at Anvil Centre and Queensborough Community Centre.

      SFU Philosophers’ Café: Climate Change & Recycling

      16+ years

      Join us at Queensborough Community Centre as we discuss relevant philosophical issues with members of our community.  This time, in association with our feature exhibition, The Heat is On: Keeping Warm Then, Keeping Cool Now, we consider recycling. Does it matter? What do small measures achieve? Moderator: Manav Sekhri.

      Queensborough Community Centre | Poplar Room        

      MO 6:00 – 7:30 pm

      January 13

      1/Drop-in


      SFU Philosophers’ Café: Climate Change & Cars

      16+ years

      Join us at Queensborough Community Centre as we discuss relevant philosophical issues with members of our community.  This time, in association with our feature exhibition, The Heat is On: Keeping Warm Then, Keeping Cool Now, we ask, what steps can we take to reduce the number of cars on the road? Moderator: Manav Sekhri.

      Queensborough Community Centre | Poplar Room        

      MO 6:00 – 7:30 pm

      March 9

      1/Drop-in


    • SAT, Dec 7

      12:00 pm              28919 - SOLD OUT

      1:00 pm                28920 - SOLD OUT 

      2:00 pm                28921 - SOLD OUT

      3:00 pm                28922 - SOLD OUT

      SUN, Dec 8

      12:00 pm              28923 - SOLD OUT

      1:00 pm                28924 - SOLD OUT

      2:00 pm                28925 - SOLD OUT

      3:00 pm                28926 - SOLD OUT

      SAT , Dec 14

      12:00 pm              28927 - SOLD OUT

      1:00 pm                28928 - SOLD OUT

      2:00 pm                28929 - SOLD OUT

      3:00 pm                28930 - SOLD OUT

      SUN, Dec 15

      12:00 pm              28931 - SOLD OUT

      1:00 pm                28932 - SOLD OUT

      2:00 pm                28933 - SOLD OUT

      3:00 pm                28934 - SOLD OUT

      1/$120 for six people

      1/$20 for individual registration


      Christmas Cheer

      All Ages

      Travel back in time to the days of holly, ivy, and old St. Nicholas!  Irving House is decked out in Victorian Christmas splendor 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

      Dec 7, 8, 14 & 15

      1/Drop-In, By Donation

       

    • Victorian Book Club (16+ years)

      Discuss Victorian (and Edwardian) literature and culture as you sip tea in the luxurious 1865 Irving House. 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 book club meets on a Saturday afternoon every two months.

      Irving House 
      Saturdays, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
      Call for dates
      Registration Fee: Admission 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.