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.
The township actually has most of the elementary things that make a township such as
- Railway & platform
- Steam Engine
- Post office
- Bakery shop
- Newspaper shop
- Music shop
- grocery shop etc.
Here is the map of the Burnaby Village Museum:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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: