Many visitors to BC don't realize that Victoria was not always the capital. In fact, the first capital was New Westminster, named by Queen Victoria after its namesake in London. As such, the city has a rich and interesting history. What better way to discover it than a visit to the New Westminster Museum?
The New Westminster Museum and Archives houses a collection of over 36,000 items and 35,000 photographs and historical records.
The Museums exhibits are actually dispersed over 3 different locations. The main one, located on the 3rd floor of the Anvil Centre on Columbia Street is open daily throughout the year. Irving House, located at 302 Royal Avenue, is open Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 4pm September through April and Wednesday to Sunday from 12pm to 5pm May through August. The Samson V, located at 880 Quayside Drive, is open from May through October.
The Irving House at 302 Royal Avenue is a remarkable old home built in the 1800s that belonged to Captain William Irving.
The Samson V is the one and only wooden sternwheeler in North America that is still floating and intact. It was the last steam-powered sternwheeler operating in Canada. This historic vessel plied the waters of the Fraser River from 1937 until its retirement in 1980. It was subsequently purchased by the City with the provision it would be preserved as a museum.
Whether you have the opportunity to visit just the Museum, or all 3 locations, you can be sure you will enjoy the time you spent.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: New Westminster Museum and ArchivesFee: By Donation
Many tourist attractions are temporarily closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please verify any opening hours below with the attraction before visiting.
777 Columbia St
New Westminster, BC V3M 1B6
Phone: +1 604-527-4640
Jasmine A. Aug-05-2018
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