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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

Easter Egg Hunt at Highland Beach, Sunday April 2,1961

Cariboo Observer, Thursday, April 6, 1961:  “Powell’s Parade” column reported that “Close to 300 children under the age of 10 years took part in an exciting Easter Egg Hunt held Sunday afternoon at the Highland Glen Auto Court.  The event was organized and sponsored by Ross Collins and Alf Spencer. Both chaps are still glowing today with the adoration of their 300 new friends. It was a splendid egg hunt and the adults enjoyed the outing as much as the youngsters.  Oh, yes, Rollins and Spencer gave away three live Easter bunnies as special prizes. These were won by Percy Lockhart, Arnold Fardal and Randy Hornfeldt, three extra happy youngsters.”

The young lad pictured here can’t wait to sink his teeth into his big chocolate egg.

P2003.24.2380 - Advertiser/Northern Pictorial Negative Collection