Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel
6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, BC, V5G 3T6
Pretend you’re living in the past at the authentic 1920s Burnaby Village Museum.
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|Cross Street |||Canada Way|
|May 3 to Sept 1 11:00AM to 4:30PM, Nov 22 to Dec 10 & Dec 26 to Jan. 4 12:00PM to 5:30PM Dec. 11 to Dec. 23 12:00PM to 8:00PM|
Profile Last Updated: April 23, 2008
Ever wondered what it was like living in 1920s Burnaby? Well you can do just that at the Burnaby Village Museum. This little 10-acre village was created with both heritage and replica buildings to show visitors what a typical village of that era might have looked like. It’s a true experiential open air village with costumed interpreters giving demonstrations in the houses, businesses and shops that comprise the attraction. Visitors are invited to participate in traditional entertainment, demonstrations, hands-on activities, and exhibits that were prevalent at the turn of the last century. On holiday and special weekends, extra events are offered so those are always good times to plan a visit. And, if you’d like an historic-style wedding, you can hold your nuptials at the village which has a church and reception facilities.
10 Acres of History
Burnaby Village exhibits a variety of interesting buildings including an old-fashioned Ice Cream Parlour where you can buy light meals and snacks. As you might expect, the Village has a gift shop if you want to pick up a souvenir. Always popular with the kids is the fully restored 1912 C.W. Parker Carousel from an Illinois native who once owned several travelling shows throughout the American west and mid-west, as well as Canada. Because people of all ages and sizes could ride the merry-go-round, Parker called his a “Carry-Us-All” but most of us more commonly refer to it as a carousel, as does the Burnaby Village Museum. Rides are accompanied by music from a grand 1925 Wurlitzer organ.
Discover Restoration Techniques
Restoration plays a large part in presenting an authentic village like the Burnaby example. Ongoing projects can often be viewed – projects like the restoration of a home’s 1930s bathroom or replacement of 1920s wallpaper. Work must be consistent with the era in which a building belongs and staff work hard to reproduce originals. Historic vehicle restoration is also carried out at the Museum and the working garage is sometimes open so that the public can share information with the experts. The Royal Oak Garage has restored a 1910 CCM Model 10 motorcycle which should excite all those bike enthusiasts out there.
Take Note: Annual special passes available.