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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.

Renovations at the Quesnel & District Museum and Archives

The City of Quesnel has begun renovations of the Quesnel & District Museum and Archives. This phase of the renovation includes the installation of additional compressed shelving in the archives to increase the capacity of this storage area and the renovation of the two exterior display areas. The contract for the latter has been awarded to C2000 Construction. They are reinforcing the foundation, constructing walls with large windows and upgrading the lighting. This will provide increased protection for the artifacts on display and will enhance the exhibits.

Some of the artifacts from the exterior display areas have been placed in storage and will be reinstalled once the work is completed. Others have been transferred to the Antique Machinery Park. The model waterwheel will be relocated to the Barkerville campground. This will provide museum staff with the opportunity to refresh the exhibits when the work is completed.

This renovation is supported by the Province of British Columbia/Canada 150, the Department of Canadian Heritage Museum Assistance Program and the City of Quesnel. The Friends of the Museum are sponsoring the installation of a photo mural on the back wall of the Museum in LeBourdais Park, documenting the recreational activities which have taken place here over the past century.