Exhibits

Summer of 2019

Explore the history and legacy of Burnaby’s Chinese-Canadians in our newest exhibit, Across the Pacific. In our Stride studios exhibitions gallery, visitors can discover Chinese-Canadians farming experiences and immigration patterns since the late 1800s. Visitors can also consider the universal experience of being separate from family in a postcard writing activity. Experience the stories of Burnaby’s Chinese-Canadian families in English, Chinese and Cantonese village dialect.

Demonstration Market Garden

For over a century, Chinese Canadian market gardeners have been growing produce on small plots of land in south Burnaby. Many of these farmers came from the Sze Yup region and the county of Zhongshan in Guangdong province, China.

Around the Village

Across the Pacific

Chinese Canadians have called Burnaby home since the late 1800s. Across the Pacific features stories, photographs, and artifacts illustrating the history and legacy of Chinese migration to Burnaby from the 1880s to 1970s. Experience the stories of Burnaby’s Chinese-Canadian families in English, Chinese and Cantonese village dialect.

Way Sang Yuen Wat Kee

Step inside this preserved traditional Chinese medicine store from the early 1900s to learn more about the ingredients of Chinese medicine in the early 20th century, and the tools and techniques used by traditional Chinese medical practitioners during the early days of BC.

Steam Shed

Between the blacksmith and the log cabin is our enhanced steam engine display. Many of the engines have now been refurbished with information panels and regular demonstrations in the summer.

The Jesse Love Farmhouse

This farmhouse, built in 1893, is one of the oldest surviving buildings in Burnaby. It was originally built on Cumberland Avenue. The main floor has been restored to its 1925 appearance.

Seaforth School

This school building opened in Burnaby in 1922 with 20 students. It was located on the north side of Burnaby Lake at Government Street and Piper Avenue.

C.W. Parker Carousel & Exhibit Room

In the Carousel Pavilion, learn about the history of the C.W. Parker Carousel and see photographs of the factory where it was made. A exhibit features touch screen computers where you can discover more information about your favourite horse. And, don't forget to take a whirl on the carousel!

Interurban Tram 1223

Interurban 1223, the Museum's restored electric tram, was originally built in 1912. At the tram barn, visitors can tour the tram and see photographs of the construction of the century-old machine.

Central Park Theatre

Catch one of a series of brand-new, short films for children about Burnaby’s history, screening at the Central Park Theatre: Burnaby’s Chinese Canadian Market Gardens, Saving the Salmon: The Brunette River Story, and Eileen Dailly: Taking a Stand.