Volunteers Wanted!

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Looking for an opportunity to get involved with the community? Need more volunteer hours for graduation?

Then this is the place for you!

The Port Moody Station Museum is looking for dedicated individuals to join us in celebrating Canada on July 1st, 2015. The day will involve opening ceremonies, face painting, guest speakers, and much more! We look forward to a busy day full of sunshine and fun.

Volunteers will be doing activities such as working at a  the concession stand, representing us at our display, and face painting. All volunteers will also be provided with lunch and will be given breaks.

To apply, or for more information please e-mail Brianne at info@portmoodymuseum.org

The McKnight Trench digging is under way…Learn more about LIFE IN THE TRENCHES!

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Celebrate Our Aboriginal Heritage – June 21st noon to 4:00 pm – Salmon BBQ

Kwikwetlem First Nation

Kwikwetlem First Nation

Join us Saturday June 21st from noon till 4:00 pm for a wonderful celebration of our Aboriginal Heritage. Kwikwetlem First Nation and the Port Moody Heritage Society are proud to partner for this special event. It is with great respect that we take this National Aboriginal Day to celebrate our First Nation Heritage. We will share a Salmon BBQ and activities that educate and share our History. The event is free and the Salmon BBQ dinner is $11.00 per plate.

Activities include: Salmon ‘run’ game, craft activities and various entertainment through out the day.

Mother’s Day Tea on Board the ‘Venosta’ 1921 Rail Car

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Tea with Mom

The Port Moody Heritage Society is proud to invite you to our Mother’s Day celebration. Tea on board the ‘Venosta’ rail car is a tradition in Port Moody and this year you may choose from one of 3 reserved seatings: 1:45 to 2:45 or 3:00 to 4:00. (Our 12:30 to 1:30 seating is SOLD OUT-Thank you!)

Treat your Mum and your family to our live entertainment and a relaxing Tea with sweet treats in our finest china!  The cost for this fundraiser is $10.00 per person (cash). You will enjoy a leisurely tour of the Museum, a stroll through the Heritage Garden and time to reminisce. Take time for family Sunday May 11th and celebrate our Mum’s at Port Moody Heritage Society’s Museum!

See you at Port Moody Station Museum!

Sunday May 11th 2014

For reservations please: call, email or stop in:

2734 Murray St. Port Moody, BC.              604-939-1648                     info@portmoodymuseum.org

Mark Your Calender, Monday Feb 10th – Family Day…All Aboard!

Join us and create family history moments. Celebrate your ‘Family Day’ by hammering your message in metal and affixing to our railroad tie. Then get started on your ‘family tree’ with the Station template as your guide.

 $10.00 per Family, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

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New Scouting Display Opens November 24

Port Moody Scouts march down St. John’s Street in the 1940 May Day parade.

Port Moody Scouts march down St. John’s Street in the 1940 May Day parade.

Scouting: History in the Making

Created in partnership with the 40th Canadian Baden-Powell Guild (Tri-Cities), the Port Moody Station Museum is proud to present Scouting: History in the Making. The display highlights the changes in the scouting movement over the past century.

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Scouting was first established in Port Moody and much of North America in the 1920s. Since this time the movement has changed greatly. While the emphasis on community service remains a central part of the movement, how this service takes shape looks much different. Even staple activities like camping have been altered with the consideration of environmentalism. This interactive display illustrates these changes and what the scouting movement looked like then and now.

The display includes special program days for visitors to participate in scouting activities, both old and new. Wendy Williams, Guild Master of the 40th said, “We wanted the display to be engaging, keeping the OUT in scouting. So we included weekends and evenings of programs that show, hands-on how scouting has changed with the times.”

The display opens at the Museum November 24th with special pioneering activities for opening weekend.  Additional weekend and evening activities will take place for the duration of the display. For more details, check out our Upcoming Events page. Like scouting, the programs go on rain or shine. The display ends on March 10th, 2013.

“Chinese Legacies” exhibit on now at the Station Museum

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From May 14th to November 16th, 2012 the Port Moody Station Museum is proud to host the travelling exhibit Chinese Legacies: Building the Canadian Pacific Railway. The exhibit, created by the Revelstoke Railway Museum and the Revelstoke Museum & Archives, explores the story of the thousands of Chinese labourers who contributed to the building of the CPR between Port Moody and Craigellachie, BC.

As the original terminus for the CPR, Port Moody has a deep historical connection to the Chinese railway workers. To provide additional labour to build the railway from Port Moody to Kamloops Lake, Andrew Onderdonk recruited thousands of men from China. These men, along with other supplies for building the railway, came by ship into Port Moody before traveling onto the construction site. Many of these workers tragically fell ill with Beri Beri disease upon their arrival and were buried on the hillside in Port Moody, later to be exhumed and brought back to China for final burial.

The exhibit recounts the difficulties that faced the some 15,000 Chinese workers between 1880 and 1885 and includes a diorama of a typical Chinese worker’s campsite, artifacts such as opium pipes, coins, incense burners, as well as a slide show of historical photos.  It is estimated that between 600 and 2,200 workers lost their lives due to malnutrition, dangerous working conditions, and disease during this time. Discrimination was a daily reality for these workers, who would be paid half the salary of the white workers and were forced to do the most dangerous work in the camps.

To honor the exhibit, the Station Museum is offering educational programming for children and special Family Days. Starting Canada Day weekend, the Museum will host weekly Family Days every Sunday, from 11 to 4, in July and August.  On this day, families can participate in guided activities and crafts such as spike driving, lantern making, a scavenger hunt and demonstrations of Chinese culture. Check our Upcoming Events page soon, for more details. 

For more information about the exhibit or to book a program, please contact us at 604-939-1648 or info@portmoodymuseum.org.

New Feature Exhibit – “Negotiating Spaces”

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During the late nineteenth Century in Canada, traveling on the train connected the individual traveler to a collective whole. This means of transportation made the confederation visible. Today, traveling on those tracks speaks of a national memory that has almost been forgotten. In today’s age, saturated with social media and rapid transport, it is archaic to think this nation was once connected through the building of metal tracks, yet this poetic nationalism is alluring.

NEGOTIATING SPACES: Visual Recollections of Train Travel in Canada, is an evolving art installation exploring contemporary train culture in Canada, comprised of medium format and Polaroid photography, video, audio and written blog accounts. Negotiating Spaces works to re‐initiate a dialogue between the individual and the land by critically investigating Canadian perception of space, myth of the land and the reality of the rail travel experience. Created through a two‐month journey from Vancouver to Halifax and Winnipeg to Churchill, this body of work confronts traditional landscape imagery and looks to re‐define what being a Canadian means via rail.

Artist Lindsey Bond is a third generation Canadian, born in Alberta and brought up in the vast prairies and wide skies of the western belt.  According to Bond, “This land and light taught me what being Canadian meant.” Upon returning from living abroad, Bond realized that she had very little first-hand experience of the country she called home. It was this realization which inspired Bond to seek out what the term home meant to her. Negotiating Spaces is the result of this exploration. Bond says, “This exploration pushed me to de-mystify gaps in my own knowledge about the history, people and ultimately the identity of Canada, landscape and myself.”

The newest component of the project is The Story Line, a blog where visitors can contribute their own railway memories, photographs or drawings.  In exhibiting Negotiating Spaces at the Port Moody Station Museum, Bond hopes to further the dialogue critically investigating Canadian perception of space. We encourage you to share your own rail travel experiences on The Story Line blog at home or when you come to see the exhibit at the Museum.

As part of our celebration of the 125th anniversary of the 1st trans-Canada passenger train, the Port Moody Station Museum is pleased to host Negotiating Spaces on now until February 26th, 2012. You can preview the exhibit on Ms. Bond’s website

New Exhibit – Connected: A Modern History of Communication.

Starting this summer, the museum is hosting Connected, a new exhibit that details the many ways our society has communicated throughout modern history.

This exhibit, which will be on display until the end of October in our temporary exhibit area, features many artifacts dating back to 1890. Included are typewriters, radios, telegraphs, telephones, vintage magazines and newspapers, postcards, a television produced in Port Moody, and an interactive component featuring a typewriter and a telephone.

Also particularly informative exhibit features extensive display panels detailing the history, uses, and social impacts of each featured communication device.

Connected: A Modern History of Communication will only be on display from now until the end of October, so be sure to visit before it’s too late!

Heritage Week Events!

Community Display

February 10th – 28th

Daily in the City Hall Galleria,
Wednesday to Sunday at the Port Moody Station Museum

Come see sports and recreation of Port Moody’s past at the Galleria in City Hall and the Port Moody Station Museum. Historic photos and artifacts relating to the theme of sports and recreation will be on display. Participate in our community display by bringing your vintage sport or recreation artifacts to the Station Museum.

Contact Rebecca at the museum at 604.939.1648 or pmmuseum@telus.net for more information.


Community Display Opening Night

February 15th (Mon)

Open House 7-8:30pm at the Port Moody Station Museum

See what locals have to offer in the Community Display at the Port Moody Station Museum. Local recreation historian Don Cunnings will give a presentation on the history of sport and recreation in Port Moody and the Tri-City area. Light refreshments provided. Admission is free.

Contact Rebecca at the museum at 604.939.1648 or pmmuseum@telus.net for more information.


Silent Movie Matinee

February 14th (Sun)

2-4pm at the Port Moody Station Museum

Miss the slapstick and corny puns of early cinema? Come by the Port Moody Station Museum for an early Valentine’s Day treat. See a variety of silent movie shorts featuring well known performers. Fee is $10 per person, free to Heritage Society members.

Contact Rebecca at the museum at 604.939.1648 or pmmuseum@telus.net for more information.


Antique Appraisals

February21st (Sun)

1– 3pm at the Port Moody Station Museum

Have a treasure you think is invaluable? Well known local appraisers Al Bowen of Bowen and Associates Appraisers and Ray Stonehouse of “Great Canadian Collectables” on St. Johns Street will be available to appraise your items. This year’s focus is on sports and recreation artifacts and memorabilia. Cost is $15 for two items.

Contact Rebecca at the museum at 604.939.1648 or pmmuseum@telus.net for more information.