Britannia Shipyards is partially open with limited hours. See below for information about exhibits that are not accessible during in-person visits.
Richmond Boat Builders exhibit
This exhibit opens with the exploration of the Kishi family experience and history. Their experience as Japanese boat builders in Richmond provides an entry into a variety of stories: immigration, entrepreneurship, expertise, internment and discrimination, resilience and legacy and then expands on the skills, tools and methods of boat building. Tools are showcased and activities are offered to help visitors understand the process of how boats are designed and built all to help visitors reflect on west coast maritime heritage, especially in Steveston, and what the future holds for boat building. Through the entire exhibition, see examples of beautiful wooden boats, big and small!
"Our Coastal Connection"
As part of Richmond Celebrates Canada 150, a new exhibit in the Seine Net Loft building explores our historic connection to the local waterways and what we're doing to keep our rivers and oceans healthy for future generations. Explore the stories of over 20 local groups profiled within the exhibit, all of which have dedicated remarkable efforts in areas of water conservation, education, awareness, recycling and entrepreneurship. In the face of 8 million metric tons of plastic waste entering our global oceans each year, local individuals have taken initiative, groups have formed and remarkable goals have been achieved - all in a fascinating effort to help us remember why we love our waters and what we can do to keep our rivers and oceans clean and safe for everyone to enjoy.
"Seine Net Loft Exhibits"
A new series of interactive exhibits in the Seine Net Loft look at innovation and human ingenuity in the fishing and boatbuilding industries of Steveston. Explore fascinating stories of our changing waterfront and the individuals from many cultures who worked together to achieve prosperity during times of plenty and times of economic, political and social turmoil. Engaging photographs, artefacts, films, audio clips, activity kits and an interactive touch screen will guide you through the rich history that shaped present day Steveston. Explore 4 exhibit zones and the “Innovation Station” full of fun interactive activities for families including a scavenger hunt.
For an interactive 3D exhibit tour, click on the link below. (Works with Google Chrome, Firefox or IE 11+): Seine Net Loft 3D Tour
"A Capture of Memories"
This short film explores the Japanese Canadian experience through the memories of the Murakami family at Britannia. Young Japanese Canadians like Asayo Murakami’s great granddaughter Caitlin are continuing a legacy of strong ties to Steveston, not broken by the 1942 Japanese Internment and subsequent years of hardship. Viewers will be inspired to see that in spite of past injustices, we are moving forward to repair relationships and create a strong community with a bright future.
This new addition to the exhibits at Britannia was a joint effort between local filmmaker Susanne Tabata, Murakami family members, the City of Richmond and the Britannia Heritage Shipyard Society.
Press the play button and then the square button in the bottom, right-hand corner to watch the video in full screen HD.
For an interactive 3D exhibit tour, click on the link below. (Works with Google Chrome, Firefox or IE 11+): Murakami House 3D Tour
"Chinese Bunkhouse Exhibit"
This exhibit explores the incredible stories of the Chinese cannery workers. Be inspired by remarkable courage in the face of hardship and discrimination, Interactive displays, rare photographs and short films bring the exhibit to life and provide visitors with a new perspective on life in Steveston in the early 20th century.
For an interactive 3D exhibit tour, click on the link below. (Works with Google Chrome, Firefox or IE 11+): Chinese Bunkhouse 3D Tour
“How We Lived Exhibit”
This exhibit explores the stories of work and play at Britannia between 1910 and 1930, in five buildings situated over the Fraser River: the Murchison Visitor Centre, the Manager’s House, the Men’s Bunkhouse, the Point House and the Chinese Bunkhouse.
Situated in a unique waterfront setting, this exhibit reveals the captivating stories and cultural diversity of the Britannia Shipyard National Historic Site. Indoor and outdoor exhibits allow the visitor to experience the everyday activities, lifestyles and personal relationships that took place at the Britannia Shipyards. Innovative displays, hands on activities, and audio/video components animate the daily lives of people living around Britannia between 1910 and 1930. Explore society and community, ethnicity and cultural diversity, and the all-round bustling interconnectedness of the local cannery and boatbuilding industries.
For interactive 3D exhibit tours of the Manager's House, Men's Bunkhouse, Point House and Visitor Centre, click on the links below. (Works with Google Chrome, Firefox or IE 11+):
Manager's House 3D Tour
Men's Bunkhouse 3D Tour
Point House 3D Tour
Visitor Centre 3D Tour
"Industry on the Waterfront Exhibit"
The exhibit “Industry on the Waterfront,” examines the workings of the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site and its role in British Columbia’s industrial heritage.
The exhibit showcases the historical uses of the shipyard, carpentry shop, engine shop and machine shop that once served the fishing fleet of the Anglo British Columbia Packing Company. Each shop houses authentic machinery, tools, interpretive text and interactive demonstrations, which help recreate the different work areas and activities that took place. New photographs, new stories and new explanations will help our visitors rediscover the history of Britannia, and understand some of the complexities of a working shipyard.
For an interactive 3D exhibit tour of the Shipyard, click on the link below. (Works with Google Chrome, Firefox or IE 11+):
Shipyard 3D Tour