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

    • Night at the Museum

      7-9 & 10-12 years

      Dare to explore the museum by flashlight, listen to some spooky stories about New Westminster and make a creepy craft to take home!  Then gaze into the future for some old-time Halloween fortune-telling games.

      Anvil Centre | New Westminster Museum

      THU 6:00 – 8:00 pm

      Oct 24  

      Room 411A         27840

      Room 411B         27841

      1/13.25


      Spooky Specters and Museum Mischief

      8-12 years

      Discover the world of optical illusions.  Become a spectral hunter and explore the photographs in the Museum’s gallery to understand the secrets behind the ghostly images and create your own haunted pictures.  Use optical illusions to create spooky crafts and learn about New Westminster’s own optical illusionist, Mandrake the Magician.

      Anvil Centre | New Westminster Museum Atrium Gallery

      WED 6:00 – 8:00 pm
      Oct 30

      1/$13.25               27943


      Handmade Heritage: Traditional Hand Sewing for Christmas    

      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

      SAT 9:30 – 11:30 am

      Dec 7     27955

      1/$25.00

    • 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


      FULL

      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.

      SUN 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


      Food Artefact Show-and-Tell

      All Ages

      Join us for a museum twist on an old school classic.  In association with our feature exhibition, You Are What You Eat! Community Food Security, we are leading a food artefact show-and-tell.  See items from the City’s historic Orkney Bakery, fascinating kitchen gadgets, and more.  Have something vintage or something passed down in your family that you want to share?  We want to see it!  All are welcome to share their own food artefacts, or simply listen.  Participants are also invited to show up at 5:30 pm to explore the exhibition. Registration required.

      Anvil Centre | New Westminster Museum Atrium Gallery

      THU 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      Sep 19

      1/Free  27836


      RiverFest on Samson V
      All Ages

      For one day in September, the Samson V Maritime Museum joins the Fraser River Discovery Centre and the Hyack Festival Association to celebrate BC and World Rivers Day with a festival that honours the Fraser River. Families can explore the wonders of life keeping the Fraser River safe. 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 an origami boat, try traditional caulking, and learn about maritime symbols in heraldic crests from the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada.

      Samson V Museum

      SAT 12:00 – 4:00 pm

      Sep 21

      1/By Donation


      The Remarkable Women of Irving House
      All Ages

      Ninety years ago, a group of dedicated female activists called the Famous Five influenced the British Privy Council to forever change the status of women to legal persons in Canada. In celebration of this event, and Women’s History Month and Persons Day, join us to learn about the remarkable women of New Westminster’s very own Irving House.  You’ll be amazed by the professional, political, and societal contributions of these historic individuals! 

      Irving House

      SAT 12:00 – 4:00 pm

      Oct 19

      1/Drop-in


      Fraser River Frights

      All Ages

      Climb aboard the Samson V ghost ship.  Join the crew for an afternoon of ghost stories and spooky nautical crafts and embark on an eerie scavenger hunt.  Discover all the mysteries aboard!

      Samson V

      SAT 1:00 – 3:00 pm

      Oct 26

      1/By Donation


      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
      1:00 pm                28920   
      2:00 pm                28921
      3:00 pm                28922

      SUN, Dec 8

      12:00 pm              28923
      1:00 pm                28924   
      2:00 pm                28925
      3:00 pm                28926

      SAT , Dec 14

      12:00 pm              28927
      1:00 pm                28928
      2:00 pm                28929
      3:00 pm                28930

      SUN, Dec 15

      12:00 pm              28931
      1:00 pm                28932
      2:00 pm                28933
      3:00 pm                28934

      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


      Cemetery Tour: Halloween Edition
      10+ Years

      Join Archie Miller of A Sense of History Research Services to hear tales with a bit of mystery, a touch of mayhem, and even a case or two of murder.  While walking through the cemetery by lantern, some ghosts may even appear to help the stories come to life!

      Fraser Cemetery

      WED 6:00 – 8:00 pm

      Oct 30   27938

      Oct 31   27942

      1/$15.00

    • SFU Philosopher’s Café: Food and Sustainability

      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 You Are What You Eat! Community Food Security, we consider food and sustainability. Do Canadians waste too much food? How do we ensure the needy don't go hungry?  Moderator: Manav Sekhri.

      Queensborough Community Centre, Poplar Room

      TUES 6 – 7:30 pm

      Sep 10

      1/Free  Drop-in


      SFU Philosopher’s Café: Racism & Progress

      16+ years

      Join us in the museum as we discuss relevant philosophical issues with members of our community.  This time, we consider racialized propaganda.  How has this strategy affected modern times?  What will it take to get past our radicalized underpinnings? Moderator: Valerie Malla

      Anvil Centre | New Westminster Museum Atrium Gallery

      WED 6:00 – 7:30 pm

      Sep 18  

      1/Free  Drop-in


      Handmade Heritage: Traditional Hand Sewing 101 
      18+ years

      Before the 1800s, women spent many hours sewing clothes for themselves and their families by hand.  This year, learn how to sew in the Lower Mainland’s oldest heritage home, Irving House!  Sew basic stitches and create hand-made projects like a zippered bag, an apron, and a no-slip dish towel.  Each week, we will look at hand-sewn artefacts from the Museum’s collections.  All supplies included.

      Irving House

      Saturday, 9:30 am – 11:30 am
      Sep 21 - Oct 5                    

      3/ $62.00              27951


      #NewWestFood for Thought: World Food Day Forum

      16+ years

      World Food Day is celebrated each year on October 16.  Established in 1981, its purpose is to spread awareness about world hunger, poverty, and to inspire change.  This year, its call to action is about equal and affordable access to healthy food.  In association with our feature exhibition, You Are What You Eat! Community Food Security, and moderated by City Councillor Nakagawa, our food community is coming together to participate in this international discussion and cause.  From vital Indigenous perspectives, local food culture, to the social and economic realities of food, our panelists will explore and celebrate our diverse foodscape - past, present, and future.  Participants are invited to join us at 6:00 pm in Gallery 7 for Curator-led tours or at River Market’s Community Square for a pop-up Farmers Market.  Registration required.

      River Market, Market Food Hall              

      WED 7:00-8:00 pm

      Oct 16, 2019

      1/Free  28935


      SFU Philosopher’s Café: Food Knowledge

      16+ years
      Join us in the museum as we discuss relevant philosophical issues with members of our community.  This time, in association with our feature exhibition You Are What You Eat! Community Food Security, we consider food knowledge. How are we affected by our lack of relationship with the food we eat? Is it a privilege or right to have a garden of one's own? What resources do we need to create in order to ensure the most vulnerable of our communities has access to healthy food? Moderator: Valerie Malla

      Anvil Centre | New Westminster Museum Atrium Gallery

      WED 6:00 – 7:30 pm

      Oct 9     

      1/Free  Drop-in


      Handmade Heritage: No-Heat, No-Waste Bath Treats
      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.  In this hands-on class, discover no-heat, no-waste methods to create a low impact luxury bath routine!  Make and take home six different bath bombs in a variety of scents and shapes, two different bath salts, and a soothing vegan bath n’ body oil.  Participants will also receive recipes on a tub tea and body polish.  All supplies included.

      Anvil Centre Room 411A

      MON 6:00 – 8:00 pm

      Oct 21

      1/$30.00               27839


      SFU Philosopher’s Café: Climate Change and Canada

      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 climate change in Canada.  Will climate change necessarily be bad for Canadians?  What changes should we expect?  Moderator: Manav Sekhri.

      Queensborough Community Centre, Poplar Room

      TUES 6 – 7:30 pm

      Nov 12

      1/Free  Drop-in


      Handmade Heritage: Crochet 101

      18+ years

      People have crocheted to keep warm and decorate for generations. In association with our feature exhibition, The Heat Is On: Keeping Warm Then, Keeping Cool Now, discover this timeless handicraft in the Lower Mainland’s oldest heritage home, Irving House!  Over three sessions, you will use basic crochet tools, practice fundamental techniques, and complete your very own project. This skill will keep you cozy for years to come!  All supplies included.

      Irving House

      SAT 9:30 – 11:30 am

      Nov 16 – 30        

      3/$52.00               27834


      SFU Philosopher’s Café: Respect & Elders
      16+ years

      Join us in the museum as we discuss relevant philosophical issues with members of our community.  During the month of Remembrance Day, we consider elders.  How do we honour the elders of all cultures? How do our cultural norms indicate how well elders are integrated and honoured in our lives so that their wisdom benefits future generations? Are we guilty of not doing enough? Moderator: Valerie Malla.

      Anvil Centre | New Westminster Museum Atrium Gallery

      WED 6:30 – 7:00 pm

      Nov 27 

      1/Free  Drop-in


      SFU Philosopher's Café: Immigrant Communities & Contributions

      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, Sukh Sagar Gurdwara, we consider the contributions of immigrant communities in British Columbia. What role have different immigrant communities played in BC?  What are their cultural, economic, and political contributions? Moderator: Manav Sekhri.

      Queensborough Community Centre, Poplar Room

      TUES 6:30 – 7:00 pm

      Dec 3

      1/Free  Drop-in


      Handmade Heritage: Christmas Tea Soaps

      Every year, we celebrate the holiday season with Victorian Christmas tea at Irving House. In honour of this tradition, we’re making Christmas tea soap from scratch! From pre-blended bases, learn the basics of cold process soap making. Explore different ingredients and methods to make a long lasting herbal tea bar and a batch of citrus rooibos. Learn about soap history, trouble-shooting, packaging, and decoration!  Participants will also receive a finished soap bar, gourmet garden bar recipes, and other goodies to-go. All supplies included.

      Anvil Centre Room 411A

      MON 6:00 – 8:00 pm

      Dec 9

      1/$35.00               28918


      SFU Philosopher’s Café: Culture & Celebration

      16+ years
      Join us in the museum as we discuss relevant philosophical issues with members of our community.  This time, we consider Christmastime.  What does Christmastime mean to you? Is Christmas more than a religious celebration? Does Christmastime have the potential to evolve as a universal celebration that is about connection between people of various cultural backgrounds? Moderator: Valerie Malla.

      Anvil Centre | New Westminster Museum Atrium Gallery

      WED 6:30 – 7:00 pm

      Dec 18

      1/Free  Drop-in

      Drop-In Fee: By Donation

    •  

      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

      Aug 15

      THU 2:00 - 3:00 pm 30216

      THU 7:00 - 8:00 pm 22973

      FREE


    • 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


      FULL

      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.

      SUN 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

      August 18    
         
      Free            23295


      Handmade Heritage: Traditional Hand Sewing 101

      18+ years

      Before the 1800s, women spent many hours sewing clothes for themselves and their families by hand.  This year, learn how to sew in the Lower Mainland’s oldest heritage home, Irving House!  Sew basic stitches and create hand-made projects like a zippered bag, an apron, and a no-slip dish towel.  Each week, we will look at hand-sewn artefacts from the Museum’s collections.  All supplies included.

      Irving House

      Saturday, 9:30 am – 11:30 am

      Sep 21 -                Oct 5                    

      3/ $62.00              27951


      The Remarkable Women of Irving House
      All Ages

      Ninety years ago, a group of dedicated female activists called the Famous Five influenced the British Privy Council to forever change the status of women to legal persons in Canada. In celebration of this event, and Women’s History Month and Persons Day, join us to learn about the remarkable women of New Westminster’s very own Irving House.  You’ll be amazed by the professional, political, and societal contributions of these historic individuals! 

      Irving House

      SAT 12:00 – 4:00 pm

      Oct 19

      1/Drop-in


      Handmade Heritage: Crochet 101

      18+ years

      People have crocheted to keep warm and decorate for generations. In association with our feature exhibition, The Heat Is On: Keeping Warm Then, Keeping Cool Now, discover this timeless handicraft in the Lower Mainland’s oldest heritage home, Irving House!  Over three sessions, you will use basic crochet tools, practice fundamental techniques, and complete your very own project. This skill will keep you cozy for years to come!  All supplies included.

      Irving House

      SAT 9:30 – 11:30 am

      Nov 16 – 30        

      3/$52.00               27834


      Handmade Heritage: Traditional Hand Sewing for Christmas    

      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

      SAT 9:30 – 11:30 am

      Dec 7     27955

      1/$25.00


      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

      1:00 pm                28920   

      2:00 pm                28921

      3:00 pm                28922

      SUN, Dec 8

      12:00 pm              28923

      1:00 pm                28924   

      2:00 pm                28925

      3:00 pm                28926

      SAT , Dec 14

      12:00 pm              28927

      1:00 pm                28928

      2:00 pm                28929

      3:00 pm                28930

      SUN, Dec 15

      12:00 pm              28931

      1:00 pm                28932

      2:00 pm                28933

      3:00 pm                28934

      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

    • FULL

      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 20         

      Admission By Donation        22971


      Cemetery Tour: Halloween Edition
      10+ Years

      Join Archie Miller of A Sense of History Research Services to hear tales with a bit of mystery, a touch of mayhem, and even a case or two of murder.  While walking through the cemetery by lantern, some ghosts may even appear to help the stories come to life!

      Fraser Cemetery

      WED 6:00 – 8:00 pm

      Oct 30   27938

      Oct 31   27942

      1/$15.00

       

    • FULL

      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.

      SUN 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

      August 18       

      Free            23295


      Food Artefact Show-and-Tell

      All Ages

      Join us for a museum twist on an old school classic.  In association with our feature exhibition, You Are What You Eat! Community Food Security, we are leading a food artefact show-and-tell.  See items from the City’s historic Orkney Bakery, fascinating kitchen gadgets, and more.  Have something vintage or something passed down in your family that you want to share?  We want to see it!  All are welcome to share their own food artefacts, or simply listen.  Participants are also invited to show up at 5:30 pm to explore the exhibition. Registration required.

      Anvil Centre | New Westminster Museum Atrium Gallery

      THU 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      Sep 19

      1/Free  27836


      SFU Philosopher’s Café: Food Knowledge

      16+ years
      Join us in the museum as we discuss relevant philosophical issues with members of our community.  This time, in association with our feature exhibition You Are What You Eat! Community Food Security, we consider food knowledge. How are we affected by our lack of relationship with the food we eat? Is it a privilege or right to have a garden of one's own? What resources do we need to create in order to ensure the most vulnerable of our communities has access to healthy food? Moderator: Valerie Malla

      Anvil Centre | New Westminster Museum Atrium Gallery

      WED 6:00 – 7:30 pm

      Oct 9     

      1/Free  Drop-in


      SFU Philosopher’s Café: Food and Sustainability

      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 You Are What You Eat! Community Food Security, we consider food and sustainability. Do Canadians waste too much food? How do we ensure the needy don't go hungry?  Moderator: Manav Sekhri.

      Queensborough Community Centre, Poplar Room

      TUES 6 – 7:30 pm

      Sep 10

      1/Free  Drop-in


      #NewWestFood for Thought: World Food Day Forum

      16+ years

      World Food Day is celebrated each year on October 16.  Established in 1981, its purpose is to spread awareness about world hunger, poverty, and to inspire change.  This year, its call to action is about equal and affordable access to healthy food.  In association with our feature exhibition, You Are What You Eat! Community Food Security, and moderated by City Councillor Nakagawa, our food community is coming together to participate in this international discussion and cause.  From vital Indigenous perspectives, local food culture, to the social and economic realities of food, our panelists will explore and celebrate our diverse foodscape - past, present, and future.  Participants are invited to join us at 6:00 pm in Gallery 7 for Curator-led tours or at River Market’s Community Square for a pop-up Farmers Market.  Registration required.

      River Market, Market Food Hall              

      WED 7:00-8:00 pm

      Oct 16, 2019

      1/Free  28935

    • Handmade Heritage: No-Heat, No-Waste Bath Treats
      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.  In this hands-on class, discover no-heat, no-waste methods to create a low impact luxury bath routine!  Make and take home six different bath bombs in a variety of scents and shapes, two different bath salts, and a soothing vegan bath n’ body oil.  Participants will also receive recipes on a tub tea and body polish.  All supplies included.

      Anvil Centre Room 411A

      MON 6:00 – 8:00 pm

      Oct 21

      1/$30.00               27839


      SFU Philosopher’s Café: Climate Change and Canada

      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 climate change in Canada.  Will climate change necessarily be bad for Canadians?  What changes should we expect?  Moderator: Manav Sekhri.

      Queensborough Community Centre, Poplar Room

      TUES 6 – 7:30 pm

      Nov 12

      1/Free  Drop-in


      Handmade Heritage: Crochet 101

      18+ years

      People have crocheted to keep warm and decorate for generations. In association with our feature exhibition, The Heat Is On: Keeping Warm Then, Keeping Cool Now, discover this timeless handicraft in the Lower Mainland’s oldest heritage home, Irving House!  Over three sessions, you will use basic crochet tools, practice fundamental techniques, and complete your very own project. This skill will keep you cozy for years to come!  All supplies included.

      Irving House

      SAT 9:30 – 11:30 am

      Nov 16 – 30        

      3/$52.00               27834

    • SFU Philosopher's Cafe

      Hosted at Anvil Centre and Queensborough Community Centre.

      SFU Philosopher’s Café: Food and Sustainability

      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 You Are What You Eat! Community Food Security, we consider food and sustainability. Do Canadians waste too much food? How do we ensure the needy don't go hungry?  Moderator: Manav Sekhri.

      Queensborough Community Centre, Poplar Room

      TUES 6 – 7:30 pm

      Sep 10

      1/Free  Drop-in


      SFU Philosopher’s Café: Racism & Progress

      16+ years

      Join us in the museum as we discuss relevant philosophical issues with members of our community.  This time, we consider racialized propaganda.  How has this strategy affected modern times?  What will it take to get past our radicalized underpinnings? Moderator: Valerie Malla

      Anvil Centre | New Westminster Museum Atrium Gallery

      WED 6:00 – 7:30 pm

      Sep 18  

      1/Free  Drop-in


      SFU Philosopher’s Café: Food Knowledge

      16+ years
      Join us in the museum as we discuss relevant philosophical issues with members of our community.  This time, in association with our feature exhibition You Are What You Eat! Community Food Security, we consider food knowledge. How are we affected by our lack of relationship with the food we eat? Is it a privilege or right to have a garden of one's own? What resources do we need to create in order to ensure the most vulnerable of our communities has access to healthy food? Moderator: Valerie Malla

      Anvil Centre | New Westminster Museum Atrium Gallery

      WED 6:00 – 7:30 pm

      Oct 9     

      1/Free  Drop-in


      SFU Philosopher’s Café: Respect & Elders
      16+ years

      Join us in the museum as we discuss relevant philosophical issues with members of our community.  During the month of Remembrance Day, we consider elders.  How do we honour the elders of all cultures? How do our cultural norms indicate how well elders are integrated and honoured in our lives so that their wisdom benefits future generations? Are we guilty of not doing enough? Moderator: Valerie Malla.

      Anvil Centre | New Westminster Museum Atrium Gallery

      WED 6:30 – 7:00 pm

      Nov 27 

      1/Free  Drop-in


      SFU Philosopher’s Café: Climate Change and Canada

      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 climate change in Canada.  Will climate change necessarily be bad for Canadians?  What changes should we expect?  Moderator: Manav Sekhri.

      Queensborough Community Centre, Poplar Room

      TUES 6 – 7:30 pm

      Nov 12

      1/Free  Drop-in


      SFU Philosopher's Café: Immigrant Communities & Contributions

      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, Sukh Sagar Gurdwara, we consider the contributions of immigrant communities in British Columbia. What role have different immigrant communities played in BC?  What are their cultural, economic, and political contributions? Moderator: Manav Sekhri.

      Queensborough Community Centre, Poplar Room

      TUES 6:30 – 7:00 pm

      Dec 3

      1/Free  Drop-in


      SFU Philosopher’s Café: Culture & Celebration

      16+ years
      Join us in the museum as we discuss relevant philosophical issues with members of our community.  This time, we consider Christmastime.  What does Christmastime mean to you? Is Christmas more than a religious celebration? Does Christmastime have the potential to evolve as a universal celebration that is about connection between people of various cultural backgrounds? Moderator: Valerie Malla.

      Anvil Centre | New Westminster Museum Atrium Gallery

      WED 6:30 – 7:00 pm

      Dec 18

      1/Free  Drop-in

    • Night at the Museum

      7-9 & 10-12 years

      Dare to explore the museum by flashlight, listen to some spooky stories about New Westminster and make a creepy craft to take home!  Then gaze into the future for some old-time Halloween fortune-telling games.

      Anvil Centre | New Westminster Museum

      THU 6:00 – 8:00 pm

      Oct 24  

      Room 411A         27840

      Room 411B         27841

      1/13.25


      Spooky Specters and Museum Mischief

      8-12 years

      Discover the world of optical illusions.  Become a spectral hunter and explore the photographs in the Museum’s gallery to understand the secrets behind the ghostly images and create your own haunted pictures.  Use optical illusions to create spooky crafts and learn about New Westminster’s own optical illusionist, Mandrake the Magician.

      Anvil Centre | New Westminster Museum Atrium Gallery

      WED 6:00 – 8:00 pm

      Oct 30

      1/$13.25               27943


      Cemetery Tour: Halloween Edition
      10+ Years

      Join Archie Miller of A Sense of History Research Services to hear tales with a bit of mystery, a touch of mayhem, and even a case or two of murder.  While walking through the cemetery by lantern, some ghosts may even appear to help the stories come to life!

      Fraser Cemetery

      WED 6:00 – 8:00 pm

      Oct 30   27938

      THU 6:00 – 8:00 pm

      Oct 31   27942

      1/$15.00

       

    • Handmade Heritage: Traditional Hand Sewing for Christmas    

      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

      SAT 9:30 – 11:30 am

      Dec 7     27955

      1/$25.00


      Handmade Heritage: Christmas Tea Soaps

      Every year, we celebrate the holiday season with Victorian Christmas tea at Irving House. In honour of this tradition, we’re making Christmas tea soap from scratch! From pre-blended bases, learn the basics of cold process soap making. Explore different ingredients and methods to make a long lasting herbal tea bar and a batch of citrus rooibos. Learn about soap history, trouble-shooting, packaging, and decoration!  Participants will also receive a finished soap bar, gourmet garden bar recipes, and other goodies to-go. All supplies included.

      Anvil Centre Room 411A

      MON 6:00 – 8:00 pm

      Dec 9

      1/$35.00               28918


      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

      1:00 pm                28920   

      2:00 pm                28921

      3:00 pm                28922

      SUN, Dec 8

      12:00 pm              28923

      1:00 pm                28924   

      2:00 pm                28925

      3:00 pm                28926

      SAT , Dec 14

      12:00 pm              28927

      1:00 pm                28928

      2:00 pm                28929

      3:00 pm                28930

      SUN, Dec 15

      12:00 pm              28931

      1:00 pm                28932

      2:00 pm                28933

      3:00 pm                28934

      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


      SFU Philosopher’s Café: Culture & Celebration

      16+ years
      Join us in the museum as we discuss relevant philosophical issues with members of our community.  This time, we consider Christmastime.  What does Christmastime mean to you? Is Christmas more than a religious celebration? Does Christmastime have the potential to evolve as a universal celebration that is about connection between people of various cultural backgrounds? Moderator: Valerie Malla.

      Anvil Centre | New Westminster Museum Atrium Gallery

      WED 6:30 – 7:00 pm

      Dec 18

      1/Free  Drop-in


       

    • 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.