Discover, Explore & Celebrate at the Burnaby Village Museum
Travel back in time at the historic Burnaby Village Museum. Featuring educational workshops, walking tours and special events – the museum offers unique experiences and fun activities throughout the season.
This uniquely recreated and restored village officially opens for the summer on May 1st, offering visitors an opportunity to be transported back in time to the historic 1920s.
Tour the BC Electric Railway tram, visit the blacksmith’s shop, take a ride on the restored 1912 carousel (fun for the young and young at heart!), and then round out your day with a visit to the old-fashioned ice cream parlour for a well-deserved treat.
The Burnaby Village Museum’s four-hectare open-air museum offers fun for the whole family with an exciting array of experiences and hands-on activities:
Tools of the Trade
This year, experience the trades from the 1920s at the museum. Upon arrival, visitors will receive character cards that represent workers from Burnaby’s past. The workers’ lives, skills and tools of the trade are revealed through various displays and activities.
Mechanics: On Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, the museum’s working garage is open to the public from noon to 3:00 pm. Visitors can talk to the volunteers about the work that goes into maintaining the historic cars in the collection – including Model T Fords, Tudhope Everitt, and a rare 1929 Nash 2-Door Roadster.
Mad as a Hatter? Check out the Canadiana Costume Society’s presentation of The History of Millinery and Hat Making, which showcases an interesting and fun range of original hats (from 1800 to 1970) – along with the tools and equipment used to make them. Demonstrations of the millinery (hat-making) craft will take place on Thursdays and Saturdays.
What’s that? Stop by the Real Estate Office to check out the What’s It Wall. There have been some unique tools used over the years. Can you identify them all?
Dressing the Part – truly be the character on your card. Use the Try Me on Trunk to “dress the part” and completely transform yourself.
Pomp and Ceremony at the Burnaby Village Museum
Join the Burnaby Village Museum to celebrate Victoria Day on Monday, May 24. To honour this special occasion, the museum will feature a variety of entertainers and musicians to ensure this holiday is celebrated with the requisite “pomp and ceremony,” and be sure to listen in as the Seymour Artillery fills the air with booming cannon salutes.
The Burnaby Village Museum also offers a variety of programs and workshops. Pre-registration is required. Prices quoted exclude taxes. For more information, please call 604-297-4565.
Saturday, April 17 from 10:00 am to noon
A walking tour of Burnabians in New Westminster cemeteries. Visit Burnabians with names such as Gilley, Homes, Edmonds, Stride, Love, Brown, Hart, Black and Byrne. Historian and cemetery authority Archie Miller leads this tour. Pre-registration is required, $15.00, code 218140.
At the Forge
The museum offers four levels of blacksmithing classes. All classes are Saturdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Cost: $75 per class
Basic Blacksmithing – April 10, May 8
Basic Blacksmithing for Women – May 22
Forge Welding – April 17
Tool Making – May 29
Open Forge – April 24
The Burnaby Village Museum is open from May 1st through September 6th, Tuesdays through Sundays (including statutory holidays). Hours are 11:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Find more information on the historic Burnaby Village Museum, or phone 604-293-6501.