Rail Related Displays
The Museum is located in a CPR live-in train station built in 1908. The station was in use until the 1970s. Some rooms show a recreation of life in the station at different periods of time. The museum’s telegraph office features an operational telegraph system, original station desks with antique typewriters, adding machine and safe. The kitchen is displayed in a late 1920s style complete with Hotpoint stove and early General Electric refrigerator. The parlour contains an antique gramophone and a Dominion organ from the Ioco United Church.
The railway display outside the museum exhibits 3 four-man handcars and a boomcar. These were originally used by track crews for transportation and for delivering supplies for maintaining the railway right-of-ways.
At the front of the Museum property you will see a CPR sleeping car – the Venosta – built in 1921. It features a ladies’ powder room with 1920s accessories and two sleeping compartments with original fixtures. One compartment shows the top and lower berths set for night use. In the second compartment the lower berth has been converted into a couch for day use and the upper berth is recessed into the wall.
Special events held in the Venosta include Mother’s Day and Holiday Teas. The Venosta is available for parties and meetings. Contact us to rent the Venosta for your party.
Port Moody History Displays
In the former station mail room and freight shed you will find displays about the early history of Port Moody. Prior to European settlement, many First Nations groups came to the north end of Burrard Inlet each summer. The First Nations section displays some of the objects found at archaeological excavations around the Inlet as well as Coast Salish basketry.
Port Moody was named in 1860 for the Royal Engineer Col. Richard Moody. The early settlement area includes items representing the Royal Engineers and early fur traders passing through this area. The CPR played an important role in the development of Port Moody when it announced it would be the Western Terminus of the trans-Canada railway. Our CPR display shows items relating to the building of the railway and CPR passenger service.
Our early Port Moody displays exhibit items from the first schools, general stores, City Hall, Dr. Symmes home and other community services. In Clarke’s Real Estate Office display, see the survey map that John Murray Jr. created.
The lumber industry began with the announcement of the CPR and continued long after to become the sustaining industry of the town for decades. The lumber display shows tools of the lumber trade and information about the many sawmills located around the inlet.
Our heritage garden was created in 2001 with the help of volunteers and community grants. Our garden is typical of the style seen in early CPR stations. Gardens were seen as a method of enticing people to the area showcasing their beauty and fertile soil. The garden is maintained by volunteers and contains many heirloom or heritage flowers, shrubs, fruit trees and vegetables. Any food produced in the garden is given to Port Moody’s Share organization.
Artist’s Statement: Have you ever uncovered a space? It’s all grown over so you have to go through layers and layers but the bones of it are already there. It is asking to be discovered and in return, it will give you an experience you are so grateful to have because it’s not an ordinary space that you uncover. It’s a contemplative space, a space to meditate, to clear space in your own mind so that the clarity that is already there may peek through.
With a massive holly tree at your back and a bare, orange brick floor to plant your feet and a huge, flat rock to sit upon, the space is as raw and as tender as we humans are at the centre of our being… The process of uncovering the space is as metaphoric as any creative experience can be. The weeds are relentless, just like the busy thoughts one encounters during meditation. Busy hands grapple with them: pulling, digging, twisting. Bare hands sift through topsoil in newly formed beds, filtering out long strands of roots hiding underneath. A small mountain of pulled out weeds grow up behind the garden.
More hands make pathways into the space, making it accessible, making it inviting to enter into… So come in, sit down if you like. Breathe in…and…feel your mind let go.
Linda Moncur, Volunteer Gardener/Floral Artist