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.


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

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Karen Dearlove is working hard to carefully prepare and select artifacts such as this mariner’s sextant, from the museum collection, for display.

Exhibit Fabricators

3DS (Three Dimensional Services Inc.) is fabricating the exhibits for the new site.  The principal, Ross Ireland is a North Vancouverite.

Streetcar Restoration

West Coast Railway Association is completing restoration of Streetcar 153. This video shows work on ‘the trucks’ (wheel assemblies). Also the North Shore News ran this article ‘Restoration revives North Van streetcar’.

Keep up-to-date on what the team is doing with the new museum project …

Community Input

The Friends of the NVMA polled residents and learned that a museum that is bold, edgy, and active is wanted.

Public Program Planner

Pam Roberts, an experienced public program specialist is developing programs that will inspire curiosity and wonder in audiences both old and new.

Advisory Group

The Indigenous Voices Advisory Group recommends how indigenous culture will be presented in the new Museum as well as at The Polygon Gallery.

Exhibit Planning

Kei Space Design developed the concept plan and is designing the exhibits for 3DS to fabricate. Kei is led by North Vancouver’s Juan Tanus.


Indigenous artist Wade Baker is creating a carved cedar panel of a Coast Salish legend, ‘The Sisters’ for the lobby.  Funded through North Vancouver’s Public Art Program.

Architectural Design

Urban Arts Architecture has worked with City of North Vancouver staff to design the Museum’s interior as a welcoming gathering place for residents and tourists.


Help us to create a lasting legacy and build a new museum as extraordinary as the community it will serve!

Private Funding Campaign

$2.5 Million in Private Funding is needed to build interactive exhibits, outfit spaces and provide engaging programs.


We have reached 75% of our funding goal.

Public Funding Received

$6.1 Million in Public Funds

  • $3.1 Million from the City of North Vancouver
  • $3.0 Million from the Government of Canada (Canada Cultural Spaces Fund)

Funding Allocations

25%  Permanent Gallery Exhibit Enhancements – including interactive features and multi-media content.

25%  Building Upgrades – facility improvements to enhance our ability to create a wow experience.

10%  Temporary Exhibit Program – development and installation of our first temporary exhibits, and the mobile exhibit program.

15%  Enhanced Public Programs – including a museum theatre troupe, children’s activity carts, animateurs, tour guides and workshop leaders.

10%  Marketing, Branding and Launch of the new museum.

15%  Contributing to NVMA’s ongoing financial support through a legacy fund.


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.


• 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.

• 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

New Museum Building Site from 1925 to 2019. Watch It Grow!

100 Block West Esplanade Over Time

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