City of Penticton's R.N.Atkinson Museum and Archives
Région touristique : Okanagan
Experience the tumultuous lives of the gold seekers and railway men and envision the sternwheelers that ran up and down the waterways of the Okanagan. Explore our fine displays of pioneer life, natural history, military artifacts and First Nations collections. The extensive archives are available for researchers of local and regional history.
Renseignements sur les collections
Although Penticton was not incorporated until 1908, it has a history that stretches much further back. The collection represents the life of our pioneers and First Nations people, as well as natural history, industry, and military.
Nombre approximatif d'objets ou de spécimens dans la collection : 10,000 ?
The archives consists of both original and secondary material dating from the 1880's to present. There is a concentration on photographs, railway material, and local history.
Archives are available to the public, but appointments are required.
Reproductions of historic photographs are available for a small fee.
Architectural Records •
Cartographic Materials •
Prints and Drawings •
Films and Videos •
Sound Recordings •
The collection of decorative arts ranges from a large collection of local Schwenk pottery to exquisitely made quilts and rugs.
Ceramics, Porcelain or Pottery •
Furniture or Furnishings •
Musical Instruments •
Textiles or Tapestries
Although the collection of fine art is limited, we do have an exceptional collection of works from Minn Sjolseth, a well-known Norwegian-Canadian painter.
Média : Painting
The human history collection can be divided into four major categories: Pioneer Life, First Nations' History, Industry (Railway, Mining, Orcharding), and Military. Pioneer life is represented by clothing, furnishing, and domestic technology. The First Nations' collection consists of basketry, stone tools, and leather work. As the Kettle Valley Railway was very important to the Okanagan Valley, we have many related artifacts and exhibits, including a replica of a railway station. Our military collection is very large and complete and consists of medals, uniforms, and war artifacts.
Clocks or Time-Keeping Devices
Costumes and Accessories
Exploration and Survey
Furniture or Furnishings
Household Objects or Domestic Technology
Industrial Technology and History
Maps, Charts, Plans or Blueprints
Medical History and Technology
Military History and Technology
Religious or Liturgical Objects
Toys and Games
: Non-motorized ground
The Natural History collection at the Penticton Museum is one of the largest in British Columbia. The 1000 mounts of both birds and animals are displayed against a realistic backdrop. There are also many eggs, nests, fossils, and rocks.
Collections biologiques ou plantes et animaux
Endangered Species • Terrestrial Organisms • Botany • Zoology : Invertebrates : Mollusks (Mollusca) : Spiders (Arachnida) : Insects (Insecta) : Vertebrates : Reptiles (Reptilia) : Birds (Aves) : Mammals (Mammalia)
Sciences de la Terre et collections géologiques
Minerals • Rocks • Precious Stones (Lapidary)
Collections de paléontologie
Fossil Vertebrates (Vertebrate Paleontology)
Services de recherche
Archival Records •
Information Centre •
Slide Library •
Information aux Visiteurs
Information Centre or Desk
Special Needs Facilities
: Wheelchair access
Services de restauration
Picnic Area •
785 Main Street
Penticton, British Columbia
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Ouvert : Tuesday-Saturday
10:00 - 5:00
New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, British Columbia Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day
(Please note: the Museum will be closed on the Saturday preceding statutory holidays that fall on Mondays)
Droits d'entrée :
Admission by donation