New Museum in North Vancouver

Building a Museum as Extraordinary as the Community It Will Serve.

A new Museum is now under construction in Lower Lonsdale’s cultural precinct.

Learn more about the Team, Location, Place, Funding and Experience.

Exhibit Fabricators

3DS (Three Dimensional Services Inc.) will work with the NVMA team to fabricate the exhibits for the new site. Their portfolio includes interactive exhibits and themed environments used in Museums, Science Centres, and Children’s Exhibits across North America. The principal, Ross Ireland was raised in North Vancouver.

Architectural Design

Working with City of North Vancouver staff and Urban Arts Architecture, we have reviewed many aspects of the museum’s interior design. The vision is for a fresh and forward-looking museum.  With what Urban Arts calls “social glue spaces” it is to be a gathering place that encourages participation and interaction amongst visitors.

Streetcar Restoration

West Coast Railway Association will soon begin completion of the restoration of North Vancouver’s Streetcar 153. Their team of experienced rail experts and volunteers will work to ensure the streetcar becomes publicly accessible and accurately tells the story of one of our earliest urban transportation systems.

Exhibit Planning

Kei Space Design developed the concept plan for the new North Vancouver Museum and is currently designing the exhibits that 3DS will fabricate. Kei Space Design uses Knowledge, Education and Insight as central communication tools; this team of designers, writers and planners is led by North Vancouverite Juan Tanus.

Community Input

Members of the Friends of the NVMA have polled residents to determine what they want their new Museum to be. The response was great with recommendations for being bold, edgy, and active. The NVMA is now working with representatives from the sports, Iranian and other communities to ensure the stories reflect all interests!

Indigenous Voices Advisory Group

An Indigenous Voices Advisory Group has been formed to provide input on programs and exhibits at the New Museum. The Group advises as to how indigenous culture may be authentically presented in the new North Vancouver Museum as well as at the new Polygon Gallery.


Building a museum as extraordinary as the community it will serve takes teamwork.

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Located at 115 West Esplanade, in a City-owned amenity space, the purpose-built museum will be located in the heart of Lower Lonsdale’s new Shipyards District.


The new museum will:

• Be as extraordinary as the community it will serve.

• Be a curated and secure repository for the treasures and stories of our shared heritage.

• Play a vital role in education for youth and provide an interactive alternative to classroom education.

• Be an exciting new venue for events in the heart of Lower Lonsdale.

• Contribute significantly to the tourism economy.


• 16,000 sq ft.

• an arrival lobby (containing Streetcar)

• spacious rooms for community programs

• a garden terrace

• temporary exhibit gallery

• permanent gallery

• meeting spaces, administration area, and collections workroom


Your donation today to the New Museum Capital Campaign will help open the doors in 2020 and make a lasting legacy on the North Shore for generations to come.

Join in building a museum as extraordinary as the community it will serve!

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