Frequently Asked Questions about the New Museum

Where will the new Museum be located?

In North Vancouver at 115 West Esplanade in Lower Lonsdale’s Shipyards District.

When will the new Museum open?

We are looking forward to opening the doors to our exceptional new Museum in Fall 2020.

Will the Archives remain in the Community History Centre?

Yes, at 3203 Institute Road, North Vancouver in Lynn Valley.

How much will it cost to build the new Museum?

The project will cost approximately $8.6M, including site design, engineering, construction, exhibit design and installation. The City of North Vancouver and the Government of Canada are contributing $6.1M with $2.5M to be raised through a capital campaign.

Who funds the ongoing operations of the North Vancouver Museum and Archives?

Operational funding is provided equally by the City and the District of North Vancouver. This funding has been capped at current levels (~$500,000 for each) for staff, facilities, programming and administrative costs. Additional funds for enhanced programming and exhibits will be generated through fundraising, along with sponsorships and revenue opportunities created once the new Museum opens. Funding is also received through the BC Arts Council.

Why is the City of North Vancouver the only municipality contributing to the Museum capital campaign?

The Museum will be located within the City and will housed in a City-owned facility. By mutual agreement, the District of North Vancouver provided capital support in the amount of $3.522 million in 2006 (equivalent to $4.4 million today) for the complete refurbishment of the Community History Centre (historic Lynn Valley School at 3203 Institute Road) to provide a permanent home for North Vancouver’s extensive Archives’ collections.

How do I make a donation? Is my donation tax deductible?

The Friends of the North Vancouver Museum & Archives Society is a registered charitable organization (Registered Charity No. 89031 1772 RR0001). Tax receipts will be issued for all donations over $25 and for donations under $25, receipts will be issued at the request of the donor.

There are a number of ways to give:

  • Online:  Just click on the DONATE button in the top menu; you’ll receive an electronic receipt immediately.
  • By mail: Please make cheques payable to “The Friends of NVMA Society” (not the NVMA) and mail to: The Friends of the NVMA Society, 3203 Institute Road, North Vancouver, BC, V7K 3E5
  • By phone: You can call 604.990.3700 (ext. 8002) to make a donation via credit card.
  • Donation of securities: Your financial advisor can provide more information about the benefits of donating securities, rather than selling them and donating cash directly. If you are interested in making a gift through a donation of securities, please contact Laurel Lawry at 604.990.3700 (ext. 8002).
  • Planned gifts (estate legacy): As above, please consult your advisors (financial, legal) and contact Laurel Lawry at 604.990.3700 (ext. 8002) if you have questions. We welcome new members to our Legacy Circle of individuals who are providing for the NVMA in their wills.
  • In kind donations: As above, there are many opportunities to provide goods and services applicable to the NVMA programming and operations in-kind. If you are interested in exploring this option, please contact Laurel Lawry at 604-990.3700 (ext. 8002).

What type of content will the new Museum have?

As a unique community Museum experience, the initial story-telling will focus on three main themes:

  • Passion for Place – celebrating our extraordinary natural landscape from mountains to the sea, including stories of North Vancouver’s First Peoples, the Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, early mountaineering, and local sports (skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking)
  • Connections – focused on our human stories, both the trials and the successes that emerge when cultures meet and sometimes collide. This includes early European settlement, the journey for Indigenous people from residential schools to Truth and Reconciliation, successive waves of immigration (from Iran, the Phillippines, China, Korea and elsewhere), our celebrated artists and athletes, and our varied neighbourhood cultures.
  • Industry and Enterprise – with a focus on the evolution of North Vancouver’s economic development, from early settlement and port activities in Moodyville, homesteading and logging in Lynn Valley to WWII shipbuilding and our diverse waterfront industries, to current film, tourism and technology industry innovation.

What will the exhibits be like?

To ensure this is an engaging 21st century museum experience, care is being taken in exhibit design to incorporate all the senses – touch, smell, sight and hearing. The blend of physical artifacts and digital content will allow frequent changes to programming to deliver a different experience each time someone visits.

What kind of programs and events will there be at the new Museum?

We are excited about having a great “community hub” space to regularly schedule high-appeal programs for the public:

  • events for kids;
  • speakers’ series;
  • community issue forums;
  • “maker” days;
  • exhibit interpretive talks;
  • and more.

Watch for initial programming announcements in advance of the Museum opening in 2020.

What will the hours of operation be?

Details on hours of operation for the new museum are still being worked through and will be finalized closer to the opening date in 2020. It’s our intent to make sure there are daytime, evening and weekend hours available to accommodate everyone’s schedules and busy lifestyles.

Will there be an admission fee?

Details on any admission fees and museum memberships are still being finalized. The goal would be to ensure the Museum experience is affordable and accessible to all.

Will there be a Museum gift shop?

We are working to build a Museum gift shop into the plans. Stay tuned for more details.

Will there be opportunities to rent the space for special events?

Yes, there will be opportunities to rent various event-friendly spaces to accommodate groups of different sizes within the Museum facility, including a beautiful outdoor patio. Rental cost details will be available when the Museum opens in 2020.

How will the Museum be different from the nearby Polygon Gallery?

The Polygon Gallery’s focus is on photography and media-based art; the Museum is community-based and focused on the stories of North Vancouver’s places and peoples – past, present and future.

By 2020 when the Museum opens, with both a Museum and Gallery in the Lower Lonsdale Shipyards area, there will be two great cultural attractions to draw residents and visitors with our very different, but complementary, mandates.


Where do I learn more about the new Museum?

There are a number of ways to keep up-to-date on our progress in creating the new Museum:

  • Sign up for email updates here to have the news delivered to your in-box
  • Look for our booth at community events. We will be delighted to share recent news.
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