Museums & Archives

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New Westminster Museum and Heritage Services

ℹ️ View Summer Cultural Programming Guide

Throughout summer 2020 the New Westminster Museums and Archives will be updating our programming with new virtual opportunities as they are developed. These include presentations, downloadable resources, facilitated conversations and archival reference services.
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Archival Services
While our archives are closed to regular visitation, we are still doing our best to respond to inquiries to both our civic and community collections.
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Pop-Up Museum Online
Download fun heritage crafts, activities, and games inspired by Irving House, the Samson V, and neighbourhood parks. To explore, play, and learn from the comfort of your own home.

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Virtual Victorian Book Club
Every two months, discuss literature and culture as you sip tea and video chat with the club from home. We read literary works by the Brontes, Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, Oscar Wilde, H. G. Wells, Joseph Conrad, Henry James, Mark Twain and others.
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Mobile Museum (Grades K - 5)
Full of visuals and activities inspired by artefacts, this downloadable resource kit compliments the school curriculum by guiding you through some of our teaching collection. Discover local history through artefacts, ask important questions to think about how life compares today, and have fun experimenting with some of the history yourself!
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First Peoples of the Northwest Coast (Grades 4 - 8)
This interactive program will educate students through resources made available by local Indigenous people and the museum. See artefacts from our collection and learn about their history through groups with important knowledge and interest in the place now known as New Westminster. Engage with language and knowledge of the area, try traditional foods, create and visit Coast Salish art and design, and listen to stories that help us to think about changes brought on by colonization.
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Virtual Story Gathering (18+ years)
People from a broad base of different backgrounds are invited to come together and share their experiences of the pandemic through a recorded Zoom-based interview. Participants will listen to stories, then tell their own story, in this process of collective reflection and building community in isolation.
Monday, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
June 22
Tuesday, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
July 28 & August 25
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Curator Talk: The History of Plants in New Westminster (16+ years)
Part of a series of three online evening talks, this short talk will be followed by a question and answer period. Many people during this period of social isolation have taken up gardening and walks around their neighbourhoods. This talk will prepare audience members with more information on New Westminster’s plant life and this aspect of our city’s human heritage.
Thursday, 6:00 - 6:45 pm
June 25, July 30 & August 27
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