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West Vancouver Museum & Archives

680 17th Street, West Vancouver, BC, V7V 3T2

6049257295 | Website

Come learn about the rich history of West Vancouver.



Type | Gallery


Neighbourhood | West Vancouver


Winter (Labour Day to Mid-June) Tues-Sat noon-4:30PM Summer (June 20 until Labour Day) 11AM-5PM Archives Hours: Weds-Thurs 1PM – 4:30PM

Profile Last Updated: January 09, 2009

Where History Comes to Life
Simply put, the West Vancouver Museum and Archives is a wealth of knowledge and information on the rich history of the city. The museum has meticulously preserved West Vancouver’s early history through archives and exhibitions. All of it is housed in one of the community’s most historic and loved buildings. Both the museum and archives are located in the Gertrude Lawson House, which was built in 1939. The building’s architecture is both grand and unusual for the area. Some say it looks like an old Scottish castle.

A Place of Learning
The museum’s main focus is to educate the public about the community’s heritage by creating awareness. The institution also wants to make sure that history is properly preserved. There are detailed lesson packs for students of all ages. Classes can learn about how the city was settled, what West Vancouver’s thriving industries were and the important role nature plays in developing a town. The museum also has programs for the whole family, like guided tours and receptions. Be sure to check the calendar for exhibits and lectures because they are updated regularly. Learn about how West Vancouver grew as a logging town through immigration and the development of the railway. Those who have family in the city will enjoy trying a genealogy search. There are also special programs such as guided historic walks around the city.

Preserving History Through Archives
The West Vancouver Community Archives is a large compilation of materials. They are constantly collecting and identifying items to add to their collection. Everything from photos, diaries, maps and government reports are included. It’s a great place for people doing research as well as the just plain curious. You can literally spend hours pouring over the collection. Prints of historic photos can also be ordered.