Richmond Museum

Exhibits & Events

Museum Exhibits
In a 2000 square-foot gallery space in the Richmond Cultural Centre, the Richmond Museum displays regularly changing exhibits throughout the year that cover a multitude of topics reflecting the society's mandate. Topics have included, First Nations, Finn Slough, pioneer history, heritage and environmental issues, multiculturalism, aviation, the Interurban railway and archaeology. There are also five display cases on the main floor of Richmond City Hall. Three of the cases feature Gifts to the Mayor; the remaining three have regularly changing topics.

For information on our exhibition program contact our Exhibit and Program Coordinator at 604 247-8333 or by email at

Main Gallery Exhibits
Language of Learning

February 25, 2014 - October 2014
Opening Reception: Tuesday, February 25, 5:00 pm

This exhibition showcases the evolution of education in Richmond, from the early one-room schools to the development of technical schools, trades schools and colleges. Non-traditional educational experiences and the concept of life-long learning will also be explored. The exhibition will draw upon the Museum’s own collection of education artefacts and relevant materials gathered from other institutions and the community.

City Hall Exhibits

Reclaiming the Past
March 3-June 2, 2014
When an old building or site of some heritage significance cannot be preserved, the Museum actively collects at least some of the smaller materials from the site, such as signs or other artefacts. This display is a selection of historical treasures that have been salvaged and preserved for the Museum's collection.

Steveston's Japanese Community
March 27-June 2, 2014
The Richmond Museum's Spring Break Camp created this display about Steveston's Japanese community using "artefacts" from the education collection and photographs from the City of Richmond Archives.

History With Teeth
June 2-September 7, 2014
The technology of dentistry is the subject of this display of photographs and artefacts from the collection of the Richmond Museum. New acquisitions to the collection, from two local dentists who practiced dentistry in Richmond in the 1950s, are featured.

Online Exhibit
In Their Words: The Story of BC Packers
Richmond Museum and Heritage Services has created an online exhibition that documents the history of BC Packers Ltd. through the voices of its workers. This project explores the development and impact of BC Packers Ltd. upon the region's culturally diverse communities.

Utilizing oral, visual and textual resources, the stories of the First Nations, Japanese, Chinese, Indo-Canadian and European workers are presented as one story.
The project is being supported by the Department of Canadian Heritage and by numerous community partners including the City of Richmond Archives, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery and School District No. 38.

Museum Events
12th Annual Richmond Delta Regional Heritage FairHeritage Fair 2013 - student project
May 2-3, 2014
Let's make history together! Students from local schools are encouraged to explore any aspect of Canadian history and then present their research in a creative project display during a two-day, history and heritage extravaganza. For more information, visit

Doors Open Richmond 2014
June 7-8, 2014
Doors Open 2014 is Richmond's 7th annual arts, culture and heritage festival. Coordinated by the Richmond Museum Society and Doors Open Steering Committee, this free event allows visitors of all ages to explore Richmond's arts, culture and heritage at up to fifty partner sites through the use of a Doors Open colour brochure guide with complete listings, posted on-line, and available at local facilities and in the Richmond Review in May 2014.

Since 2008, artists, arts, cultural and historic facilities, museums, aboriginal organizations, religious institutions, parks and other public and private Richmond organizations have, not only open their doors to the public for free, but also provided free specialty programs and behind the scenes tours.

This year, as part of Doors Open, an evening of music, heritage, and performance is planned for Friday, May 6th, 7:00 pm, which will serve as a kick-off to Doors Open celebrations. The festival will also include a major art exhibitions entitled, plus public art, gallery and artist studio tours. Heritage exhibits and cultural experiences will also be featured. Visitors will also enjoy interpretative performances, dance, storytelling, demonstrations and tours at Richmond's historic buildings and sites.

Host Partners 2014
Sign up now as a participating partner.
If you are interested in registering to be a host venue participant for Doors Open Richmond June 7-8, 2014, register your venue with us.

Sign up now as a volunteer by completing an application at

Past Sponsors:
British Columbia Arts Council
Government of Canada, Canadian Heritage
City of Richmond
Richmond Museum Society
Richmond Review
VanCity Savings
Tourism Richmond

For sponsorship opportunities contact:
Doors Open Richmond Chair
c/o Richmond Museum & Heritage Services
Phone: 604-247-8333

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