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Arts Council of the
140-1735 Dolphin Ave,
Kelowna, BC V1Y 8A6
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Elke Lange, Executive Director
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Okanagan Heritage Museum|
470 Queensway Avenue
Kelowna BC, V1Y 6S7
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Phone: 250-763-2417 Fax: 250-763-5722
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The Okanagan Heritage Museum has provided the area's residents and visitors with on-going interpretation of the Okanagan and beyond since 1936 when the Museum was founded as a public interest. In 1951 the Kelowna Museum became a registered society, and today it operates as The Okanagan Heritage Museum, part of the Kelowna Museums Society, a non-profit and charitable organization. |
The Okanagan Heritage Museum maintains the definitive collection of Okanagan regional history, and representative collections from other areas that document the development of human culture and the natural world, to produce exhibitions and events of relevance and interest to the Museum's various patrons. The Okanagan Heritage Museum provides a window on the world for the community and gives the community access to examples of human cultures and natural history.
The permanent exhibits explore a range of themes including First Nations, Kelowna history and settlement, African cultures, pre-Columbian pottery, and cultures of the Pacific Rim. The Okanagan Heritage Museum's Natural History Gallery includes animal specimens representative of the region.
The Okanagan Heritage Museum also houses rotating and Special Exhibitions from around the world, ensuring visitors something new to see every time they visit.
In addition to its extensive collection, the Museum has a state of the art Conservation Lab. The Museum's Archive and Reference Library that are open for public research.
The Okanagan Heritage Museum has an Education & Public Programming Department that further expands the public's access to its collections and artefacts. Education & Public Programming runs various school programs for students of all ages on topics such as Okanagan First Nations, Dinosaurs, Ethnobotany, the Fur Trade, Ancient Egypt, and the Gold Rush. Guided tours of the Okanagan Heritage Museum are also available upon request.
For more information on the Okanagan Heritage Museum please call 250-763-2417. To book a school program or guided tour call 868-4836.
The Okanagan Heritage Museum is open Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm. Admission by donation.