Free Summer Fun at Burnaby Village Museum

This summer at Burnaby Village Museum you can explore featured exhibits and experience live demonstrations, ride the restored C.W. Parker Carousel, savour a picnic lunch in the meadow or grab a snack at the cafe, and enjoy the beautiful 10 acre open air museum site.

Burnaby Village Museum Bakery
Photo submitted

Summer at Burnaby Village Museum

  • When: May 4 to September 2, 2024
    • 11:00am to 4:30pm (last admission 4:00pm)
    • Tuesday to Sunday, including statutory holidays
  • Where: Burnaby Village Museum (6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby)
  • Admission: FREE! Ride the restored 1912 C.W. Parker Carousel for $2.52 +tax

Please note: Main entrance closed due to bridge construction. Please enter through the carousel entrance (see map)

Spring Break at Burnaby Village
C.W. Parker Carousel – Photo Submitted

Visit the traveling exhibit OVERCASTE curated by the Public Justice Society, and the feature exhibit Truths Not Often Told: Being South Asian in Burnaby, which highlights the stories of Burnaby’s South Asian Canadian communities as they migrated to Burnaby in the early 1900s to find jobs, experienced restrictive policies and worked together to build community supports.

Experience daily and weekly activities throughout the site all summer long:

Daily Activities

Scavenger Hunt
Throughout the site: Pick up your scavenger hunt at the gates and explore the scents of South Asia.

Bell’s Basics
Bell’s Dry Goods: Learn about matching, measuring and patterning fabrics.

Coffee Grinding
General Store: See and smell the coffee beans ground by hand.

Cedar Basket (beginning June)
Love Farmhouse: Learn about Hazel’s cedar basket.

Ruby’s Lunch
Seaforth School: What is in Ruby’s lunch? Find out at the schoolhouse.

Blacksmith Shop: Watch the metalsmith heat and hammer metal objects.

Temporary Exhibit Closures: During the month of May, some exhibits may be closed weekdays from 11:00am to 2:00pm for school programs.  

Burnaby Village Museum Tram Barn
Tram Barn – Photo Submitted

Weekly Activities

Gardener in Residence (beginning June)
Sundays 12:00pm to 4:00pm in the Orchard
Plant, pull, weed and seed seasonal veggies in the market garden.

Bell’s Basics with The Quilters
Tuesdays (times tbc) at Bell’s Dry Goods
Learn about matching, measuring and patterning fabrics with The Quilters’ Guild as they showcase their knowledge and talents.

Tuesdays 2:00pm at the Indigenous Learning House
Engage imaginations through story telling

Steam Demo (beginning June)
Wednesdays throughout the day at the Steam Shed
Learn about how steam pressure runs machinery.

Indigenous Outdoor Games
Thursdays at 2:00pm in the Meadow
Participate in a variety of fun hands-on sports games.

Fridays 1:00pm to 3:00pm at the Herbalist
Participate in this Chinese game of strategy, skill, and summation.

Coast Salish Seed Balls (beginning June)
Saturdays 2:15pm at Brookfield Hall
Make a seed  ball with Coast Salish plant seeds.

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