Throughout the year the West Vancouver Museum offers temporary exhibits ranging from the area's history to local artists and their work.
The West Vancouver Museum is situated in the Gertrude Lawson House, a historic site in the city. Built in 1939, the house was built and owned by Gertrude Lawson, daughter of John Lawson, a well known pioneer - she was one of the first women in British Columbia to hold a mortgage. Its stone exterior is a mixture of Capilano River rock and her father's ship's ballast. During the Second World War she rented out suites in the house to low income women in need and continued afterwards to supplement her income. In 1990, the building was recognized as a heritage site and in was renovated in 1991. in 1994 the building was opened as a Museum by the West Vancouver Historic Society.
The Museum and Archives in West Vancouver is home to artifacts, photos and other materials from the area's history from the 1800s - most of which are housed on the second level. The stairway up (the archives are accessible to the public Wednesday and Thursday afternoons) has a large collection of historic photos.
The first floor is the location of the gallery area which holds temporary exhibits throughout the year. Local artists, native artwork, historic artifacts and seasonal exhibits are on display as well as elements of the historic house such as the wooden floor and stone fireplace. There is also a gift shop to explore.
Along with events, programs and art classes, the West Vancouver Museum and its Archives is a place to learn, enjoy and appreciate the most north-westerly city in the Greater Vancouver Region.
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