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The Quesnel Museum

There is always plenty to discover at the Quesnel Museum. Learn the secrets of "Mandy, the Haunted Doll." Listen to the stories of Chinese and First Nations Elders or visit a Sikh temple through interactive video installations. Meet the residents of early twentieth century Quesnel through the remarkable photographs of C.D. Hoy and C.S. Wing. Dress up in the children's activity centre or participate in a scavenger hunt. Click here to view our upcoming special events and programs.

Favourite exhibits include the Titanic, Footprints in Stone, dedicated to local First Nations culture, and vignettes recreating Quesnel's pioneer homes and businesses. From rare Chinese artifacts used during the gold rush era, to ephemera that will evoke childhood memories, the extensive collections are sure to appeal to all ages and interests. Come and see why the Quesnel Museum has been proclaimed one of BC's top 10 community museums.

Featured Photo of the month

Spring 1909

Girls from two pioneer families are depicted here; the Carson’s and the Moffat’s.  Alfred and Mary Ann Carson had a blacksmith shop and house on the avenue in town that was named for them, as well as a farm on the east bank of the Quesnel River.  Of the four Carson children, born between 1888 and 1896, Maud was the only one to marry and raise a family of her own.  Janet became the family homemaker at the age of nine, after their mother passed away.  She continued to care for her father at the house on Carson Avenue and her two older brothers at the farm as an adult.  Janet was an avid photographer who recorded outings, gatherings, farm work and animals, travels, pets and much more with her camera.

Henry and Jeanie Moffat owned a farm and stopping house south of Quesnel where their first six children were born between 1891 and 1898.  Henry purchased a house in Quesnel close to the log schoolhouse when it came time to educate them.  The last three children were born in this residence in 1903, 1905 and 1907.  The children lived in town with their mother during the school year, and spent summers at the farm.  Frances married an accountant, Tom Wall, raised a son in the United States, and moved back to Quesnel after Tom’s retirement.  Agnes ’Aggie’ married Clifford Johnston and raised two children in Quesnel, while also working as a nurse.  Aveline worked at Allison Drug & Book Co. in the old Hudson’s Bay building, married Lynn Hill, and raised two children while working with her husband at their butcher shop on Front Street.  Aveline had a radio program, ‘A Line from Aveline’, saved the H.B.C. building from demolition and was instrumental in having the building designated as a Heritage Building.

L-R:  Frances Moffat, Maud Carson, Janet Carson, Aggie Moffat, and Aveline Moffat in front
Identified on back as "Spring 1909 taken across the Street from Wah Lee’s store by King”
P1997.24.27