Feature exhibit

Truths Not Often Told: Being South Asian in Burnaby

The exhibit highlights the stories of Burnaby’s South Asian Canadian communities as they migrated to Burnaby in the early 1900s to find jobs, experienced restrictive policies and worked together to build community supports. The exhibit evolved from a multi-year research project to record and present the diverse experiences of Burnaby’s South Asian Canadian communities and features recorded poetry and plays, family photographs, cultural belongings and the commissioned art by renowned South Asian visual artist, Jag Nagra.

Truths Not Often Told was produced in close consultation with the Museum’s South Asian Advisory Committee and curated by Burnaby Village Museum’s Curator Jane Lemke and Simon Fraser University Visiting Faculty Dr. Anushay Malik.

Virtual reality exhibit

Across the Pacific

Explore the history and legacy of Burnaby’s Chinese-Canadians in this award-winning exhibit, which was on display at the Museum from 2019-2021. You can explore the exhibit from the comfort of your own home and discover Chinese-Canadians' farming experiences and immigration patterns since the late 1800s.

The exhibit can be experienced in three languages: English, Traditional and Simplified Chinese and includes audio components.

Use the dots on the floor to pull you through the space. The icons on the walls of the exhibit will pop up to reveal audio and visual learning opportunities.

Past exhibitions

If you're interested in previous exhibits that took place at Burnaby Village Museum, check out our list of past exhibits.

Exhibits around the Village

Burnaby Village Museum is a 10-acre outdoor site with 38 exhibit sites, set up as a re-created village. Check out our interactive map to view all our exhibit sites.



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