Delta Museum and Archives, Delta

Visitors to the Delta Museum and Archives can explore its three floors located in a 1912 Tudor style building in historic Ladner Village located in the corporation of Delta, British Columbia. Filled with a wide range of exhibits focusing on the history of Delta, the museum is an interesting look at this important agricultural and fishing region in southern B.C. CREDIT: Venture Vancouver, SOURCE:

The Delta Museum and Archives is located in a 1912 Tudor style heritage building in Ladner Village and has many exhibits.





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The Delta Museum and Archives is located in an old 1912 Tudor style heritage building in the Village of Ladner in the corporation of Delta. This old building has been restored and provides a view into what the region was like during its early settlement with three floors filled with artifacts and exhibits including a mock village, a restored ground floor to view how the house looked a century ago, and upstairs exhibits honouring First Nations and the region's Chinese settlers as well as important industries such as agriculture and fishing.

Located in a 1912 Tudor style heritage building, the Delta Museum and Archives in historic Ladner Villager offers exhibits, activities and special programs focusing on this south-westerly region of British Columbia. The building was previously Delta's municipal hall and courthouse (its jail cell can still be seen in the basement) and was opened as a museum in 1969. Outside the museum visitors can see totem poles and one of the oldest town clocks in the Lower Mainland.

The Delta Museum and Archives is composed of three floors for visitors to explore with distinct themes:

  • Basement: The basement has been converted into a mock village where visitors can explore what Delta (specifically the village of Ladner) once looked like with buildings such as a jail cell, a school house set up, pharmacist, doctor, dentist, bakery, general store, blacksmith, train station and a representation of Ladner's Landing which was an important ferry dock for new immigrants and supplies along the Fraser River.
  • Ground Floor: The ground floor, where visitors enter the museum, has been transformed into a turn-of-the-century home with a formal parlor, bedrooms, a nursery, kitchen, study and scullery filled with authentic artifacts, photos and information about these rooms and their importance in everyday life as well as a temporary gallery.
  • Second Floor (Attic): The second (top) floor is home to several exhibits honouring Native American groups which once lived in the area with displays of arrowheads, totem poles and woven baskets, a collection of Chinese artifacts from the region's first settlers from Asia as well as agricultural, fishing and hunting exhibits.

The Delta Museum and Archives provides an important location celebrating the history of the corporation of Delta. Along with the archives which are accessible at certain times to the public, the Museum provides well laid out exhibits using artifacts, photos and information to paint a picture of the region spanning the last century and beyond.

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The Delta Museum and Archives has a mock village in the basement, and exhibits on the top floor, however, the ground floor (and entrance) is set up to resemble how the 1912 building would have looked like with a study, kitchen, bedroom, formal living room, nursery and scullery room which was a place where all the messy chores were undertaken (such as butter churning and clothes washing).
The Delta Museum and Archives in Delta, British Columbia has a large section of the top floor dedicated to one of the most predominant industries in the area, agriculture. Dairy farms and crops such as sugar beets were important to not only British Columbia, but the surrounding communities which relied on these crops for the winter months.
Fishing, crabbing and boating were important in the Delta, British Columbia region as fishing was a daily job which provided fish and other sea creatures to eat during the early days of the region. The Delta Museum and Archives has many examples of boats as well as fishing gear on display for visitors to see.
Ladner's Landing which was located not far from the Delta Museum and Archives in Delta, British Columbia is honored in the museum with a small scale replica along with luggage once carried by new immigrants and information and stories about this important link along the Fraser River which brought new people and supplies to the region.
The upper level of the Delta Museum and Archives in Delta (Ladner Village), British Columbia offers exhibits centering on the different pastimes and lifestyles in the region including hunting. Visitors can see different decoys used to lure ducks, kayaks decorated with marsh grass to create floating blinds and other interesting items.
The Delta Museum and Archives in Delta, British Columbia encompasses mock village in the basement where visitors can see the different shops and important locales which were predominant during the areas early days including a bakery, general store, blacksmith, dentist and doctors office.
Housed in an old municipal building, the Delta Museum and Archives in Delta, British Columbia offers three stories of exhibits ranging from farming, to fishing and canning, to hunting, to Native American artifacts and even a mock 1900s village. The outside of the building also has one of the oldest municipal clocks in the province.

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