Okanagan Wine & Orchard Museum

Exploring our agricultural roots

Unearth the agricultural treasures that make our region unique at the Okanagan Wine and Orchard Museum in the historic Laurel Packinghouse. Vibrantly coloured fruit crates, fierce-looking equipment and a live beehive (currently dormant for the winter season) are juxtaposed with barrels, bottles and machinery. Meet the determined people who lived the trials and triumphs of the tree fruit and wine industries. Discover how growing, processing, transporting and enjoying tree fruits and wine diversified our landscape and communities.

The museum has limited hours for drop-in visitors, but is available year-round to pre-booked groups. Our guided tours are a delightful way to learn about Okanagan’s iconic orchard and wine industries. Click here to learn more about how to book a tour!


Thursday – Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday – Wednesday Closed



Located inside the Laurel Packinghouse

1304 Ellis St
Kelowna, BC, V1Y 1Z8

(778) 478-0325

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Admission is by donation.

Suggested donation $5 per person/$15 per family

What will you find?

The Laurel Square

Now Open!


Opened in 2020, the Laurel Square is an outdoor gathering space in the heart of Kelowna’s Cultural District. Located next to the Laurel Packinghouse in the downtown core, this interpretive green space tells the story of Kelowna’s agricultural history with special features including an irrigation flume to demonstrate how early irrigation was managed in the area, a giant ‘Codling Moths & Ladders’ game, ‘Shunty’ the historic shunting truck and more. The landscaping features plants indigenous to the Central Okanagan — selected in consultation with Elders from Westbank First Nation.

An initiative of the Kelowna Museums Society and the City of Kelowna, the Laurel Square is a great place to sit and read, to catch up with a friend, play a game with the kids and learn about the agricultural history that has been so vital to our region. We hope you’ll come and enjoy this special green space in the heart of urban Kelowna!

Did you know? You can rent the Laurel Square in conjunction with an event planned in the Laurel Packinghouse!  Please contact bookings@kelownamuseums.ca for information.

The Okanagan Wine Industry


The first large scale Okanagan vineyards were planted in the 1920s. Early experiments in commercial wine production resulted in a startling diversity of product which was described by no one as a ‘fine vintage.’ Over the years, growers and wineries experimented with terroir, variety and technique. Experienced wine makers moved to the Okanagan and the wine got better and better. Today, history is being made as the orchard and wine industries continue to shape the Okanagan. Find out how each of us is part of that unfolding story.

The Okanagan Orchard Industry


Beginning in the 1890s, land companies began to divide ranches and grain fields into irrigated orchard plots and tempt eager new growers into buying them. Within 25 years, packinghouses and canneries hummed and clattered in the rapidly growing industrial district north of downtown Kelowna. Conveyors groaned with colourful fruit while workers sorted and loaded apples, cherries, apricots, pears, peaches, and plums. Women working the packing line were called “Apple Wrapper Flapper,” and skillfully packed 160 boxes a day. The evil-looking cherry pitting machines were nothing to spit at, and box makers banged out 100 fruit crates every hour.

Kelowna Museums’ Upcoming Events and 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!

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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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