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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

Nugget Café, 1920-1925

Won Kee opened a new restaurant next door to his laundry business on Barlow Avenue on June 23, 1920.  The premises also had rooms for rent, and in January, 1922 underwent renovations to create more space in the café, as well as access to the upstairs rooms from the front of the building.  The roof was covered with metal sheeting in September, 1924 and the building burned down on June 25, 1925.  Undaunted, Won Kee purchased the Globe Hotel directly across the avenue, renovated and opened as the Nugget Hotel and Café on July 12, 1925.  The restaurant operated in this location until 1966 when Jimmy Chow, with two partners, Chew and Lee, took over management and renamed the restaurant with their initials, CJL.

Although the men in the photo have not been identified, the man behind the counter could possibly be Won Kee.

P2004.1.54  C. S. Wing Photograph