A Visit to Burnaby Village Museum & Pictures

Burnaby village museum is a thematic museum displaying the period lifestyle of Vancouver from the past century. Along with the small township, the carousel is another highlight of this place.

I went to the Burnaby Village Museum on the British Columbia day holiday in August first week in 2018. On each special holiday, the Burnaby village museum organizes some events for the visitors. Those events could be live music, live games for kids, live training and hands-on, live tour, shops etc. When I went there, there were three events organized and live music by Celtic lasses was one of them. Here is the video:

There was no entry fee. Just at the entrance, their performance was going on. So I decided to sit and join in. They played a lot of different fiddles. I was really impressed by the Music. There were three girls named Audrey, Emily, and Annika. Two of them were playing violins while the third girl was playing pennywhistle and bodhran. The music lasted for around half an hour. Then I moved on across the small bridge to the township.

Township at Burnaby Village Museum

Once I entered the township/ village, it was a completely different world. My clock had suddenly re-winded 100 years back and I was in a different world. If you want to relate more, remember the village from the movie Django Unchained. It was almost the same.

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The township actually has most of the elementary things that make a township such as

  • Railway & platform
  • Barber
  • Chemists
  • School
  • Theatre
  • Steam Engine
  • Bank
  • Post office
  • Bakery shop
  • Newspaper shop
  • Music shop
  • grocery shop etc.

Here is the map of the Burnaby Village Museum:

Burnaby Village Museum Map

Orchard at Burnaby Village Museum:

Orchard at Burnaby Village Museum is mainly dedicated to the different types of seasonal fruits and vegetables that were grown at that time. If you go there, you can see a person working in the orchard. That person plays the role of the farmer from that time. In fact, at any shop you go, you will see a person playing the role.

gardener at burnaby village museum

A gardener at Burnaby village museum

Vorce Tram Station & Tram Barn

Vorce tram station replicates a tram station of that time. If you want to see the real thing, go inside the tram barn. You can still see an old tram carriage hanged up in the barn. There are two parts to the tram. One was for the smokers and another one was for the non-smokers. Even these two designated parts of the same carriage have the different seat materials. There will be a guard and a driver. You should ask them more about the tram.

Locomotive barn

Locomotive barn

Inside train carriages

Inside train carriages

Inside train carriage

Carousel

Carousel is something that the Burnaby Village Museum is known for. Entry to the Museum is free but if you want to take a ride at the carousel, you have to pay around $2.5. There won’t be a long line. But the carousel ride is surely something to experience.

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Elworth

Elworth represents a house from the 1920s with all the household items from the same time such as the dinner set, coffee maker, teapot, beddings, bathroom etc. Elworth was the garden house of a known personality and one of the main buildings to see in the Burnaby Village Museum.

Elworth

Elworth

Elworth drawing room

Elworth drawing room

Elworth's bed room

Elworth’s bedroom

Drugstore

A drug store from that time will be full of chemicals. There was also a rotating chart which helped the general patients based on their general symptoms identify the common disease. Apart from that, each chemist will have a shining globe made up of different colors in front of their stores. The colors showed how seasoned the chemist was.

Barber shop and the drug store

Barbershop and the drug store

Lightening globe at chemists shop

Lightening globe at chemists shop

Drug store chemicals

Drugstore chemicals

Burnaby Lake General Store

This was another interesting shop to visit at the Burnaby village museum. It had a lot of stuff from that time including coffee beans, cleaning items, daily groceries items etc.

At Burnaby lake store

At Burnaby lake store

Barbershop

As far as the barbershop was concerned, I found the barbershop pretty amusing because it relatively looked much more modern compared to other shops from that time. Here is the picture:

Inside barber shop

Inside barber shop

The Central Park Theatre

The central park theatre had a capacity of around 20 people. Inside there will be a small screen of size around six by six feet. There was a moving fan. The theatre was even smaller than our modern day TV room. Have a look at it:

Inside central park theatre

Inside the central park theatre

central park theatre at bunaby village museum

central park theatre at Burnaby village museum

Here are some more pictures

The stride studios

The stride studios

A real estate shop

A real estate shop

Bell's dry goods

Bell’s dry goods

Bread at the bakery shop

Bread at the bakery shop

Burnaby village museum main street

Burnaby village museum main street

Burnaby village Museum

Burnaby Village Museum

The Burnaby post

The Burnaby post

log house

log house

clothing from 1920s

clothing from the 1920s

Seaforth school from 1922

Seaforth school from 1922

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