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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

Quesnel’s Japanese Gardens Opens 30 Years Ago

This photograph from our Quesnel Cariboo Observer Collection depicts the opening of Quesnel’s Japanese Gardens at the Quesnel and District Recreation Centre. It will be 30 years this July 18th since the Gardens were officially open.  In 1986, these Gardens were commissioned as part of a project to commemorate the 5 year anniversary of the sister-cities campaign between Quesnel and Shiraoi. Quesnel and Shiraoi officially became sister-cities following a signing between the two cities’ mayors, Mayor Mike Pearce and Mayor Kazuo Yamate, on July 13, 1981. 
Quesnel still maintains its relationship with its sister-city, Shiraoi. The two communities exchange delegations with each other regularly.

From left to right: Phil Warden, Serge Coccia, Hidefumi Saiko, Mike Pearce, Charlotte Friesen, Steve Wallace, and Toshiro Ito.

Collection: Quesnel Cariboo Observer, P2014.2.2217