The North Vancouver Museums and Archives displays dozens of artifacts and information from the area's rich history.
The North Vancouver Museum is located in the Presentation House is a collection of artifacts, photos and information ranging from the first settlement of the region to present day. The building the Museum is housed in was constructed in 1902 and was originally a school for grade one to twelve. In 1913 it was converted to the North Vancouver City Hall which occupied the space for sixty-two years and afterwards, it served a variety of other municipal uses until 1975 when it was given to the Arts Council to become a community building. On September 12, 1976 the Museum was opened to the public and continues to operate today.
The collections encompass thousands of artifacts, over 40,000 historic photos, and information. The Museum's many exhibits range from logging equipment, tools, artifacts from the Burrard Dry Dock which was a main employer for North Vancouver over the last century, maritime tools and historical pieces, items from the construction and conception of the Lions Gate Bridge and even remnants from the buildings schoolhouse.
The Museum and Archives displays temporary exhibits throughout the year. Ranging from events that shaped the city to showcasing residents and their contribution to North Vancouver.
Although the Museum remains at the Presentation House, the Archives have since been moved to the Community History Centre at 3203 Institute Road in Lynn Valley. The Research Room is open to the public from Tuesday to Saturday.
The present building housing the North Vancouver Museum has long outgrown its space and its collection is slated to be moved to a new building in the near future on the waterfront. For now, the Museum continues to be an interesting place to learn about the history of North Vancouver through exhibits, information and photos.
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