17710-56A Avenue, Surrey, BC
This 24,000 square foot museum is the first new museum built in B.C. in the 21st century!
|Museum:Tuesday-Friday, 9:30am-5:30pm and Saturdays, 10:00am-5:00pm|
Profile Last Updated: March 28, 2008
History from the Outside In
In Surrey’s historic Cloverdale, two neighbouring buildings are a constant reminder of how the past has shaped the future. The brand new state-of-the-art Surrey Museum opened in 2005. The city’s second Municipal Hall, built in 1912 and is next door, became home to the Surrey Archives in 2006. The location itself is full of history. Step inside one of Surrey’s premier heritage buildings or the spiffy museum and you’ll be treated to even more history. Surrey pioneer Eric Anderson’s 1872 log cabin is even located on the museum grounds!
Inside the Museum
The 24,000-square-foot facility is the first new museum built in B.C. in the 21st century. The museum boasts a 42-seat theatre, a textile library and demonstration studio for the Hooser Weaving Collection — a unique collection that makes the museum the unofficial centre for weaving and textile arts in the Lower Mainland. The museum’s permanent community-history collection, one of the largest in the province, tells Surrey’s tales, past, present and future. Temporary exhibits enhance the collection with diverse and exciting themes, many traveling from across the country.
Always striving to engage and entertain as many Surrey residents and visitors as possible, the museum puts on community displays that allow locals to become curators. The 2006 exhibit “Made by the Movies,” for example, invited movie memorabilia collectors to show off their treasures — toys, dolls, games and action figures created to market big screen blockbusters.