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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

May Pole Dance, May 1, 1937

Excerpt from The Cariboo Observer, May 10, 1930

“MAY:  MONTH OF BEAUTY

Now comes May, one of the prettiest and usually, one of the most pleasant months of the year.  Winter has done, the sudden showers of April are past, the heat of summer has not yet come and vegetation prepares to spread with lavish hand its beauty all about us.

Originally, May was the third month, but it became fifth when the Romans placed January and February at the beginning of the year. It always has had 31 days.  Its special flower is the hawthorn and its gem the emerald.

Since earliest times the first of May has been marked by outdoor festivities, and children have danced about a Maypole for hundreds of years.

The object of the dance was to create a beautifully plaited pattern of ribbons around the pole, which was usually adorned with flowers. Although Maypole dances were originally executed by young girls of the village, it appears in Quesnel, at least, young lads were participating by 1937. 

P1993.35.8 Allison Family Collection