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 10:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Friday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday 11:00am – 4:00pm

Special Hours

Monday, August 5 11:00am – 4:00pm
   

 

Location

470 Queensway Avenue
Kelowna, BC, V1Y 6S7

(250) 763-2417

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ADMISSION

Admission is by donation.

Suggested donation $10 per person/$25 per family

Feature Exhibit

Dinosaurs of BC

June 6, 2024 to September 30, 2024
Okanagan Heritage Museum

ROAR!!! Step back in time with the Dinosaurs of BC!

Join us for the Opening Celebration on June 15.
Click here for all the details.

Dig into prehistoric British Columbia and get up close and personal with the dinosaurs that once roamed the province’s highest peaks, densest forests and most remote river basins. Through research done by the Royal BC Museum’s palaeontology team, we’re learning just how many ancient creatures once called these lands home. Follow the footsteps of tyrannosaurs and ankylosaurs, see beautifully preserved marine fossils and meet ‘Buster,’ BC’s own reigning resident ferrisaurus.

Dinosaurs of BC is a travelling exhibition produced by the Royal BC Museum. Special thanks to the generous support of the Government of Canada (Canadian Heritage) and Chances Casino for making the rental of the exhibition possible.

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

Dino Sundays

Dino Sundays

Date July 21, 2024

For the little dinosaur lovers in your family. Kelowna Museums introduces drop in Sundays with Dinosaur themed games, crafts or talks on the wonderful world of Dinosaurs in BC. Each week will be a different activity. It would be T-reffic to see you!

Event Info

Dinosaur Roar of BC

Dinosaur Roar of BC

Date July 25, 2024

Dinosaurs were HOW BIG? Using real paleontology equipment and fossil exploration, we will imagine a land filled with dinosaurs. Then tag along as we give you a mini tour of our Dinosaurs of BC exhibit. It’s going to be Roar-some!

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