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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.

Special Projects

Restoration of Quesnel’s Cornish Water Wheel

The Cornish waterwheel was erected on Front Street, beside the Fraser River Bridge in 1930 as a memorial to the Pioneer Miners of the Cariboo. Repaired and rebuilt a number of times in the intervening years, when the Friends of the Quesnel Museum commissioned conservator, Carl Schlicting to prepare a conservation plan for all the large industrial artifacts located along the Riverfront Trail in 2014, he concluded that a plan should be developed to rebuild the wheel.  The original metal elements (the axel and crank arm)  were reused and the rebuild incorporated conservation measures to extend the life of the new wood timbers. The project was initiated in 2015 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Cariboo Wagon Road.   

The Quesnel Museum wishes to acknowledge the workmanship of the team from C2000 ( Dave & Angela Lakeman, Rina Hofer and Doug Aspinal) and WestFraser Mills for supplying  suitable air dried Douglas Fir. We gratefully acknowledge all those who contributed financially to this project:

La roue d’eau a été restauré pour célébrer le 150e anniversaire de la complétion du Cariboo Wagon Road en 1865.

The Quesnel Museum seeking images for LeBourdais Park Mural

The Quesnel & District Museum and Archives received a grant through the British Columbia - Canada 150 Fund to renovate the exterior exhibit spaces at the museum. As part of this project the Friends of the Quesnel Museum are funding a photo mural which will be installed on the back wall of the museum. The mural will document all the recreational activities that have taken place in LeBourdais Park over the past century or more.

The Museum & Archives can supply many of the images needed to complete the project, but we still need your help. Some of our photos are not of sufficient quality to be enlarged, so we are still looking for better images of people playing golf at the Willingdon Golf course, the horse races that used to take place in the park or the old outdoor pool.

We also want to include some more modern images of community celebrations and we need the permission of both the photographer and the people appearing in the image to use their pictures. Do you have a great picture of members of your family enjoying the splash park, or taking part in activities for Family Day, Aboriginal Day, Canada Day, or the Relay for Life? How about enjoying an amusement ride or sampling your favourite arcade food during Billy Barker Days? We also need a good picture of children tobogganing on the hill in winter or an action shot from the baseball diamond.

If you have images you are willing to lend for possible inclusion in the photomural please bring an original print or negative to the museum. Because of the scale of the project the images need to be professionally scanned and then they will be returned to you. If you have a digital camera, the image needs to be an original full resolution version. The museum will be collecting Images until July 7th.

Drop by our booth during Canada Day to vote for your favourite images. We will also be posting images on the Quesnel Museum Facebook page. Like your favourites to help us narrow the selection. For more information contact Elizabeth Hunter at 250-992-9580 or ehunter@quesnel.ca