New Westminster Museum & Archives
Tourism Region: Southwestern British Columbia
When you visit the New Westminster Museum and Archives you find two buildings, and two very different ways of presenting history. The 1865 Irving House offers the opportunity to revisit the splendor and grace of the Victorian era. Step through the front door and enter the 19th Century. Admire the ornate ceiling plasterwork, and appreciate the glow of original wallpaper, dating from 1887, in the Large and Small Parlours. Imagine the sumptuous dinners and other festivities that took place in the Dining Room. Envision cooking a meal in the kitchen, using the gleaming wood stove. Climb the main staircase, with its polished banister shipped from Scotland. See the spacious bedrooms and 'pedestal sink' bathroom. Step back in time, in a home described by the local newspaper when it was built in 1865 as '...the handsomest, the best and most home-like house of which British Columbia can yet boast.' Relive history - at Irving House.
The New Westminster Museum and Archives located directly behind Irving House, brings alive the history of Western Canada's oldest city. See items brought by the Royal Engineers, who founded New Westminster in 1859... Learn about New Westminster's historic May Day celebration, the oldest continuing event of its type in the British Commonwealth, and still held each May. Imagine a ride through the Fraser Canyon in 1876 with Governor General Lord Dufferin and Lady Dufferin, in their gleaming red horse drawn Coach.
The New Westminster Archives is located in the Museum building, and features historical photographs, files of information on local people, buildings and events, cemetery records, newspaper clippings and much more, some of the material is accessible through a variety of indexes and finding aids.
The New Westminster Museum & Archives will relocate at the end of 2013 to the new multi use Civic Facility. Located in the heart of New Westminster's downtown core at the corner of 8th Street and Columbia, directly accross the street form the New Westminster skytrain station.
Historical Irving House will remain fully operational in it's original location at 302 Royal Avenue.
About the Collections
The New Westminster Museum/Archives contains artifacts and archival material relating to New Westminster, British Columbia from prehistoric times to the present.
Approximate number of objects in the collections: 25,000
Photographs, pamphlets, invitations, newspaper clippings, maps, and other ephemera relating to New Westminster, British Columbia.
Cartographic Materials •
Prints and Drawings •
Films and Videos •
Sound Recordings •
Other: photographs, newspaper clippings
Furnishings and household items
Ceramics, Porcelain or Pottery •
Furniture or Furnishings •
Metalwork, Silverwork or Goldwork •
Textiles or Tapestries
Painting • Prints and Drawings
Artifacts reflecting the history of the development of New Westminster, B.C.
: Motorized ground
Plants and Animals (Biological Collections)
Zoology : Vertebrates : Birds (Aves) : Mammals (Mammalia)
Services & Activities
Archives by appointment Wednesday, Thursday and Friday or Drop in on Saturday and Sunday between 12:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.
Archival Records •
Classes or Workshops
: Age 5-11 (k-6)
: Age 12-17 (7-13)(Quebec: Secondary 1-CEGEP)
: Age 18 and up (Post-Secondary)
Accessible by Public Transportation
Children's Activities or Services
Volunteer Services Available •
Volunteer Training Offered
Number of Volunteers: 15
Historic Costume Assistant
Local Tourism Links
Publications and Products
T-Shirts or Sweatshirts or Caps
Other: commemorative souvenirs
302 Royal Avenue
New Westminster, British Columbia
Hours of Operation
Open: Hours of Operation:
Spring / Summer (May - August)
Irving House, New Westminster Museum & Archives:
Wednesday to Sunday, 12:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.
Fall / Winter (September - April)
Irving House: Saturday and Sunday 12:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.
New Westminster Museum & Archives: Wednesday to Sunday 12:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.
* Archives: Wednesday to Friday by appointment. Please call 604-527-4640
Samson V Maritime museum: Operates the same hours and New Westminster Museum & Archives.
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day