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Burnaby reopens village museum for free during spring break

Burnaby is making history, well, return.
Burnaby Village Museum. NOW file photo

Burnaby is making history, well, return.

Burnaby Village Museum will reopen to the public for spring break from March 15 to 26, said a city news release, offering the opportunity to enjoy a stroll through the 1920s village and explore historical exhibits.

Families can stop by the Burnaby Lake General Store and learn about popular store purchases in the 1920s or visit the newly renovated Way Sang Yuen Wat Kee & Co. herbalist shop to discover the role Chinese medicine has played in shaping communities like Burnaby.

Returning to the museum as this year’s feature exhibit is Across the Pacific, featuring stories, photographs and artifacts illustrating the history and legacy of Chinese Canadians in Burnaby. The exhibit is presented in three written languages – English as well as traditional and simplified Chinese – and includes audio components featuring several Cantonese dialects.

“We are thrilled to reopen Burnaby Village Museum to the public for spring break,” said Deborah Tuyttens, cultural heritage manager, in a news release. “Museum staff have worked hard to create a safe and secure visitor experience that follows COVID-19 safety protocols and recommendations set by our local and provincial public health and safety authorities. We welcome everyone to come and visit us to re-discover what our museum has to offer.”

Sadly, the carousel and gift shop are closed at this time.

How to Book Your Visit:

  • Admission is free. Advance online reservations are required.
  • Reserve your day and time here.
  • Maximum of six people per reservation. Visitors should be from the same household or core bubble.

COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place. Face masks are recommended at all times for visitors.
Where physical distancing of two metres (6 feet) cannot be maintained, visitors are required to wear a mask. Masks are required in all buildings. Contact information will be collected for the purpose of contact tracing.