Irving House/New Westminster Museum
Activity:New Westminster, also referred to as the Royal City was the first capital city of British Columbia. There's a lot of history in this city. When I was a boy I used to go "downtown" to Columbia St. in New Westminster. It was a vibrant street with shops (Eatons, Army and Navy, Kelly's Records), movie theatres (The Paramount and The Columbia), and lots of people walking up and down the sidewalks on a Friday night. New Westminster has fallen on quieter times in the past thirty years, as other areas in the Vancouver area have grown. For a taste of its history check out Irving House/New Westminster Museum. Irving House (former home of riverboat captain William Irving) is a restored 14 room home furnished in the period 1864-1890. The museum building, adjacent to Irving House, has artifacts, photos and materials relating to New Westminster's history.
Details:Open all year : May 1 - Mid-September: Tuesday - Sunday, 11 am - 5 pm; Mid-September - April 30: Saturday and Sunday, 1 pm - 5 pm.
Office hours/tours/archives; Wednesday - Sunday, 9 am - 5 pm by appointment.
Free admission, donations gratefully accepted.
302 Royal Avenue, New Westminster. For information phone: (604) 527-4640.
Curator Archie Miller with a visiting family