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New Westminster Museum & Archives

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We went to the “People Gotta Move” Lego exhibit (Free and limited time exhibit until Nov 15, 2018... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Vancouver, Canada
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Very good and free!

Very good museum. It only takes about 30 minutes to get round so not too onerous. Lego display very... read more

Reviewed 29 September 2018
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“anvil centre”(9 reviews)
“hall of fame”(4 reviews)
“irving house”(2 reviews)
The museum consists of three galleries. The permanent gallery at Anvil Centre takes you on a journey of discovery, covering over 10,000 years of New Westminster history and ending in 2010. Gallery 7 picks up where the permanent gallery leaves off...more
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777 Columbia St, New Westminster, British Columbia V3M 1B6, Canada
+1 604-527-4640
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Reviewed 17 April 2015

This little museum, now located on the third floor of the Anvil Centre (the photo shown on Trip Advisor must be of the previous location), appears to be a work in progress. From the sights and sounds in the space next to the museum, they...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to the “People Gotta Move” Lego exhibit (Free and limited time exhibit until Nov 15, 2018). The overall experience was very pleasant. Easily accessible via transit. In the exhibit room, we saw various modes of transportation displays with New Westminster downtown background. Thanks...More

Thank Wenyager
Reviewed 29 September 2018

Very good museum. It only takes about 30 minutes to get round so not too onerous. Lego display very interesting. Great for the history of New Westminster, and its free! Also includes Lacrosse hall of Fame.

Thank Mad-Maz999
Reviewed 18 June 2018

This an excellent part of the Anvil Centre. It is really interesting to be reminded of the history of our city. Some wonderful old photos that chronicle a lot of the changes we've witnessed.

Thank Leslie1958
Reviewed 27 February 2018

Free, not too big, well organized, well located, ... We moved to New West four years ago, and didn't know much of its history. A short visit here quickly remedied that, and it's quite an interesting history, what with being BC's capital for a while,...More

Thank kawaguy
Reviewed 7 February 2018

Interesting for adults and children. Thought provoking displays and signage in the open areas of the Anvil Centre before going into the museum. An interesting mix of subject matter in the museum itself. The perfect place to go at the pace which suits you, and...More

Thank Sunshine987654
Reviewed 31 December 2017

For a relatively small collection in a compact location, I found the museum surprisingly interesting. It traces the history of New Westminster from pre-European settlement to contemporary times. Who knew that one-third of New Westminster, western Canada’s oldest city and once the capital of British...More

Thank Tripsterchick
Reviewed 22 October 2017

After two trips each to China and Europe, one is impressed with how little history we have here at home. All the more reason to take what we can get. The City of New Westminster is to be commended on what, it is hoped, is...More

1  Thank Chris D
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

It's a great little museum and it is deliberately hidden so nobody but us will find it. No sign..not even a sandwich board on the sidewalk. We only discovered it after sticking our head in the door of the Anvil Centre and walking around. The...More

Thank Randy H
Reviewed 14 June 2017

Right downtown New Westminster, this museum looks very modern until you look closer to the pictures and stories. New Westminster once the capital of B.C. has an outstanding history. Much of the past went down right here before it moved onto present day values. You...More

Thank Patrick W
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Went for a visit to the now location of the new Museum & Archives. Quite impressed with the layout and all the information they have on New Westminster. I enjoy learning the history of any place I visit, its even better when it is your...More

Thank Kendalll
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