Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel
Tourism Region: Lower Mainland
Transport yourself to the 1920s - costumed townsfolk welcome visitors and give demonstrations in the homes and shops of a traditional village along the BC Electric Railway tram line. Be sure to take a whirl on the 1912 CW Parker Carousel and explore the full restored Interurban Tram #1223.
Amenities include an ice cream parlour which offers a menu for light meals and snacks, picnic tables, and a gift shop. The site is wheelchair accessible.
2011 ADMISSION RATES
Gate Admission is Free.
Annual Membership (includes carousel rides)
Youth (13-18 years) $31.32
Children (6-12 years) $24.36
Carousel Admission Rates
Single tickets(All ages/per ride) $2.30
Baker's Dozen (13 for the price of 12) $27.55
NOTE: Hours and admission rates are subject to change. Please confirm before your visit.
The collection is one of the working people of Burnaby. It includes complete historic buildings (original on site, originals moved onto the site and replicas); railway stock (including a, 1800's locomotive used to help build the CPR in 1885-6; and a 1912 B.C.E.R. Interurban tram); vintage cars (4); bicycles; motorcyles; historic clothing; tools; medical equipment; household furnishings etc. Major exhibits include: school, general store, blacksmith, printshop, bank, bakery, auto shop, theatre, Chinese herbalist, pharmacy, tinsmith shop, dry goods store, log cabin, steam equipment, Japanese Ofuro (bath house), country retirement home, bachelor's house, farm house, 1912 carousel (C.W. Parker #119 ex-Kansas, Texas, California, Vancouver BC). Reserve collection is stored in various locations, with the best items stored in the 1989 Administration Building in environmentally controlled storage on mobile shelving, art racks, cabinets etc.
Approximate number of objects in the collections: 45,000+
Archival records relating to the history of the City of Burnaby. There are two archival collections held at the Burnaby Village Museum, i.e. those of the Burnaby Village Museum and those of the Burnaby Historical Society (called Burnaby Community Archives). Official city archival records are held by a separate facility called the City of Burnaby Archives located at McGill Library in North Burnaby.
Documents architecturaux •
Documents cartographiques •
Films et vidéos •
The collection in general is one of the working people. The historic costumes fopr example are strong in representing work clothing and ordinary day to day clothing as opposed to high fashion.
Céramique, porcelaine ou poterie •
Meubles ou mobilier •
Ferronnerie, argenterie ou orfèvrerie •
Instruments de musique •
Textiles ou tapisseries
The Burnaby Art Gallery collection is stored at Burnaby Village Museum for environmental reasons.
Moderne • Historique
Other Period: Victorian, Arts & Crafts, Edwardian
Peintures • Estampes et dessins • Carnets à croquis ou albums
The bulk of the collection relates to the history of the ordinary people of the City of Burnaby. In the collection are virtually anything that one would find in a home or business in Burnaby in the early 1920s, as well as some items from much earlier times peirods and some from later time periods. Items outside the village time period are not displayed in the village, but only in the gallery or in travelling exhibits.
Horloges ou instruments qui marquent le temps
Équipement de communication
Costumes et accessoires
Exploration et relèvement
Meubles ou mobilier
Objets et technologie domestique
Technologie et histoire industrielles
Cartes, tableaux, plans ou bleus
Histoire et technologie médicales
Histoire et technologie militaires
Instruments de musique
Impression et reliure
Objets religieux ou liturgiques
Équipement de sports
Jeux et jouets
: Terrestre motorisé
: Terrestre non motorisé
Armes et armements
A few pressed flowers books and a pressed Poppy flower from World War I in a frame. Caribou head, deer head and stuffed pheasant.
Plants and Animals (Biological Collections)
Services & Activities
The Museum operates public and school programs throughout the year. Attendance is about 136,000 of which about 25,000 are school children on programs.
Basic research on the history of Burnaby, identification of items. Very limited access to the Museum's archives (due to lack of staff).
Dossiers d'archives •
Identification d'objets ou de spécimens scientifiques
Additional details on our website.
Tools & Fuels
The 3 R's
Home Sweet Home
Business As Usual
Celebrating the Carousel
Spring Discovery Days
Regional Heritage Fair
Vintage Escapes - Spring Break Camp
Heritage Adventure Camps - weekly themes, July-August
Walking Tours - on and off site
Blacksmithing 1 - Beginners
Blacksmithing 1 - Beginners for Women Only
Blacksmithing 2 - Advanced
Blacksmithing 3 - Introductory Tool Making
Blacksmithing 4 - Open Forge
Cours ou ateliers
Programmes pour la famille
Programmes pour les écoles
: 5-11 ans (Maternelle à 6e année)
: 18 ans et plus (Postsecondaire)
Other: ESL, Social Stories
Basic visitor services such as washrooms, wheelchair access, lost and found, food services, gift shop, information (bus routes, directions, other attractions etc.).
Film et vidéo
Près des transports en commun
Activités et services pour jeunes
: Salle réservée à l'allaitement ou table à langer
: Nuit au musée
Location de salles de réunion
Sentiers d'interprétation de la nature ou jardins
Aménagement pour besoins spéciaux
: Fauteuils roulants disponibles
: Accessible aux fauteuils roulants
Other: Site maps for self-guided tours are available in English, French, Spanish, Korean, Chinese & Japanese.
Services de bénévoles offerts •
Formation aux bénévoles offerte
Number of Volunteers: 115
Activities: Curatorial - vehicle maintenance (Model T, 1929 Nash)
Registration - Numbering new accessions
Volunteers - Conducting school groups through the education programs
Sewing - assistance with costume creation
Teen Volunteers assist Museum Interpretors on site
- 10% off in gift shop
- 10% off registration in museum programs
- unlimited carousel rides with membership
- member only events
- complimentary site tours
- free upgrade from 1 scoop to 2 scoop ice-cream cone
Restaurant on site called the "Ice Cream Parlour" offers a menu of the light meals. Restaurants and a convenience store (gas/food/film) across the street from the museum.
Casse-croûte ou distributeurs automatiques •
Aire de pique-niques •
Services de traiteur •
Infrastructure d'accueil •
Other: City Catering is based at the Museum.
Local Tourism Links
Publications & Products
The museum publishes annual reports. These are available on line.
Guides du musée •
Cartes postales •
T-shirts, sweatshirts ou casquettes •
Souvenirs commémoratifs •
Other: 30th Anniversary Exhibit booklet - "30 Years of Heritage Preservation - Burnaby Village Museum 1971-2001"