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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

“Quesnel: the only city in ‘New B.C.’”, circa 1909

“New British Columbia” was the term used for the area of the province made accessible by the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway system in the early 1900s.  A great deal of provincial energy was directed into the development of this area, which stretched over most of central B.C.  The promise of “New B.C.” was seen as almost limitless, as reported in an article from the British Colonist in 1908:

The settlement of this great and highly promising region has already begun, and next year it ought to be in full swing.  The country is certain to attract very many people. It will have at the coast a fine city in Prince Rupert; it will have smaller towns through the interior. It will have mines of various descriptions, employing thousands of men.  For diversified investment and industries it is perhaps the best part of North America open today for occupation, if we except Vancouver Island. The settlement and the development of this great region will have a profound effect upon the future of the parts of British Columbia that are now occupied. Commercially, socially and politically the influence will be enormous.”

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