Okanagan Heritage Museum

Discover the natural and human history of Kelowna

Experience fascinating displays and learn how the Okanagan Valley was formed, and why it supports tremendous biodiversity. Step into the world of the syilx/Okanagan people, and gain insights into their close connection to the land. Learn about the arrival of traders and settlers, and peer into the windows of a store from Kelowna’s Chinatown. Meet some individuals from Kelowna’s past and present, and be inspired by the Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame.

Hours

Monday, Friday & Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Tuesday & Wednesday Closed

Canada Day Hours

Thursday, July 1 10:00am – 5:00pm

Summer Hours (starts July 2)

Monday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday (open late!) 10:00am – 8:00pm
Friday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm

Location

470 Queensway Avenue
Kelowna, BC, V1Y 6S7

(250) 763-2417

Google maps link

ADMISSION

Admission is by donation.

Suggested donation $5 per person/$15 per family

Feature Exhibit

Artifact or Artifiction?

Experience our Feature Gallery as a game!

February 15, 2021 to September 6, 2021
Okanagan Heritage Museum

 

Can you tell if it’s ArtiFACT or ArtiFICTION?

The Okanagan Heritage Museum’s latest exhibition immerses visitors in a trivia board game. This unique way to explore the museum’s artifact collection is sure to leave you surprised, stumped, and smarter. The game isn’t just for history buffs. Questions cover a broad range of topics, from fashion and medicine to music and osteology.

  • Different levels of play are available for children.
  • The exhibition is a great way for individuals or small groups (social bubbles) to have a fun, safe museum experience. Even if you’re pressed for time you can take the shortcut to play a quick game.
  • Submit your game card to enter the monthly prize draw.

Want to practice first?

Is this ArtiFACT or ArtiFICTION?

This small ‘Cherry Bomb’ firework became popular in North America in the late 1980s. Light the wick, throw it as far as you can… and watch it explode!

Accordion Toggle Closure

Click to reveal the answer

ArtiFICTION!

This is actually a cherry colour comparator, used by fruit inspectors to grade cherries.

CLICK TO CLOSE

Museums Are Living Places

There’s always something new to discover at the  Okanagan Heritage Museum!

In recent years, the permanent gallery of the Okanagan Heritage Museum has been completely transformed. This was a major project that was informed by the vision and expertise of syilx/Okanagan Elders and knowledge carriers, historians, scientists, and members of diverse communities. In particular, we are grateful to staff from the Sncəwips Heritage Museum (Westbank First Nation) for their guidance and support. We are proud to display an Eagle Staff which symbolizes our friendship in telling a story together.
Eric Mitchell, Elder of the Okanagan Indian Band, led the design and construction of a traditional Okanagan Winter Home. These remarkable structures are sometimes referred to as pithouses or kekulis, but Eric taught us the proper name, qʷćiʔ. A highlight of a museum visit is stepping into this gorgeous space. The gallery transformation continues as we layer in new information as it becomes available to us. Visitors remark they are astonished by new insights, engaged by the provocative displays and delighted to see how much children enjoy exploring the museum.

Additional Programs & Services

Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame

The Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame celebrates the athletes, coaches, and builders whose accomplishments have made them a part of history in the Central Okanagan.

Kelowna Public Archives

The Kelowna Public Archives, located at the Okanagan Heritage Museum, is a historical resource centre where public records and historical documents are kept and preserved for informational and research use.

Ursula Surtees Regional Conservation Laboratory

A state-of-the-art Conservation Laboratory offering a variety of conservation services to the public, such as repairs, cleaning and polishing, mounting and protective enclosures.

Upcoming Events & Workshops