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Did You Know? Chilliwack Museum – Our Window To The Past
Explore the Museum at Chilliwack’s former City Hall, today a National Historic Site. Inside, temporary exhibits explore modern issues in a historic light, while permanent exhibits highlight the meeting of aboriginal peoples and early settlers at the time of the 1858 gold rush. In our community gallery, share your experiences of Chilliwack as we look back to our rural roots. Finally, refresh and be inspired by a visit to our second floor Chamber’s Gallery, offering a variety of changing contemporary art exhibits.The Museum’s permanent collection started in 1957 when the first Chilliwack Museum was opened in a room in the local police station. Since then the Museum has moved several times.
The current configuration has the Museum housed in the City’s former City Hall building while the object storage and Chilliwack Archives are housed in a municipally owned structure on the Chilliwack Fairgrounds site
The Chilliwack Museum is open to the general public including tour groups, school children and researchers. Phone ahead to book your group, or drop by during our operating hours. Admission is by donation.
The Chilliwack Archives is the central repository for eastern Fraser valley records. Photographs, books, documents, government records, newspapers, sound recordings and maps are available for use by researchers. Friendly staff can help answer your questions related to the history of the area.
The Archives are operated by the Chilliwack Historical Society which also operates the Chilliwack Museum. The archives are located in Evergreen Hall, and are equipped with a microfilm reader, local history reference library, subject and biography files, reading/ working area and of course – the community’s archives.
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