Tours, Activities & Demos

There's Lots to See and Do in Summer 2019

Scheduled Activities      Pop Up Activities      Demonstrations 

Scheduled Activities

Indigenous Learning House
Tuesday-Friday, 11am-2pm (May & June)
Saturdays & Sundays, 12-4pm (July & August)
Learn from Indigenous Educators about Coast Salish history and culture. 
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Due to the nature of the important cultural work our Indigenous Educators provide for their community, this program is subject to change without notice. All efforts will be made to find a replacement instructor or alternative date of instruction. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Chinese Decorative Arts
Fridays, 12-4pm (July & August)
Chinese Taoism Kuan-Kung Association members use storytelling to lead hands-on activities and demonstrations in calligraphy, knotting, and paper folding.  

Burnaby Summer Theatre
Thursdays, 12 & 1:30pm (July & August 1)
Local theatre students create, produce and perform an original work. This year’s play is inspired by Italy’s Commedia Dell'Arte. Entitled A La Commedia, the show features masks, music, slapstick, and more!

Sundays, 11am-3pm
Tuesdays & Fridays, 11am-3pm (July & August)
Plant, pull, weed, and seed seasonal veggies in the market garden. 

School DaysIndigenous Activities
Sundays, 12-3pm
Experience life as a student in our one-room schoolhouse. 

Village Tour 
Tuesday-Friday, 2pm
Enjoy a free 45-minute guided tour. Topic changes daily. 

Butter Churning 
Saturdays, 12-3pm (May & June)
Here's your chance to churn and taste butter. 

Red Serge Days
Thursdays, 1-2pm (July & August)
Put yourself in the picture with our iconic RCMP in their Red Serge. 

School Yard Games
Saturdays, 12-4pm (July & August)
It's recess time at the one-room schoolhouse. Try out stilts, quoits, or hopscotch. 

Children's Games
Wednesdays, 12-4pm (July & August)
Our activity leader will be on site to lead children in snakes and ladders, tic tac toe, or horseshoes. 

Laundry Days
Wednesdays, 12-4pm (July & August)
Try out the old-fashioned washboard, a hand-cranked wringer, and a sock stretcher. 


Pop Up Activities

Pop Up Library
Saturdays, 11am-3pm (July)
Burnaby Public Library is at the Museum! Get a library card, sign up for Summer Reading Club and browse and borrow books for all ages.

Special activities on site throughout the season:

  • Turn on the French bean cutter
  • Smell freshly ground coffee
  • Be a Model-T apprentice mechanic 
  • Unpack Ruby's lunch at the schoolhouse 



Printing Press Demo
Saturdays, 11am-4:30pm
Watch staff demonstrate the platen press.

Quilting Demo
Saturdays, 12-4pm (May & June)
Watch Pacific Spirit Quilters' Guild members showcase their talents.

Steam Demo
Tuesdays, 11am-4:30pm (July & August)
Watch staff demonstrate historical steam equipment.