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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

The New Cariboo Hotel bar, 1915

In 1900 John Strand purchased a saloon on Front Street called the Hotel Cariboo from a recent widow, Mrs. McNaughton.  A few years later he torn down the existing building and replaced it with a three-storey business he named the New Cariboo Hotel, which opened on February 7, 1911.

The hotel was complete with baths, dining room, meeting hall, barber shop and first class bar.  After the barber moved out in 1913, John removed a partition and enlarged the bar room.  The saloon continued to cater to thirsty men of the area until the disastrous fire of January 15, 1916, which razed the hotel along with half of Quesnel’s business section.

Pictured here are: (left -right) Frank Delong, John Strand, Frank Cannon, George Broughton and Kit Carson.  Judging from the litter on the floor, it appears someone forgot to sweep up.

1998.3.2 Eileen Seale (nee Kew) Collection