More than exhibits
Revelstoke Museum & Archives offers an immersive experience into the history of the region. We have something for everyone. Do you like to press buttons? Try the language lessons in our Sinixt exhibit. Do you want to leave your mark? Add your name to our “Where in the World Are You From” map on the second floor. Do you like to read more about the place where you are visiting? After viewing the exhibits, check out the reference library for more information. Do you want a quiet spot to think about all that you saw? Visit our peaceful heritage garden. We hope you find just what you are looking for at Revelstoke Museum & Archives.
Revelstoke CPR Station from the hill above, circa 1940s. Earle Dickey photograph.
Relax and unwind in our beautiful garden getaway. This space is open to the public during museum hours and entry is free of charge.
Heritage Garden was opened in 2004 when the former Post Office delivery lane was turned into this peaceful downtown greenspace. The garden is maintained by a group of dedicated volunteers. If you wish to join them please let us know. They are always happy to find new people who wish to tend the garden. Watch throughout the season for sales of plants, as the gardeners raise money to purchase new plants.
The Heritage Garden was presented with an Award of Honour from the B.C. Heritage Society in 2005. Landscape Architect Barbara Johnstone Davidson and Curator Cathy English accepted the award on behalf of the Heritage Garden Committee.
The Gift Shop
We proudly offer locally made items, as well as products by artisans throughout the province. We carry Murchies Teas and Rogers Chocolates, two pioneer B.C. brands. Find vintage t-shirts, patches, key-chains, and stickers reproduced from actual ski club badges. We have a wide variety of photographs and posters from our archives - framed or unframed. There is no charge for coming in and browsing our Gift Shop – drop in and see what we’ve got; stock is always changing!
Take a rest during your visit in our beautifully furnished parlour room. Try out our trivia quizzes, fold a paper crane using our origami paper, or look at the 3-D stereoscopic viewer. Trained pianists are welcome to play the 1898 piano from the former Selkirk Hall lodge building.
The archives and reference room contain thousands of records allowing in depth research of our community as far back as the late 1800s. In the Reference Room you will find clipping files, reference books, phone books, school annuals, and other materials. The archives contain CPR files, community records, property tax rolls, maps, and community newspapers from 1890 to 2007. Ask a staff member for assistance with your archival and reference questions.
You will find a variety of activities to do throughout the museum. Try a scavenger hunt - yes adults can do them, too! Try our “Then and Now” matching game - there are a couple of very tricky ones which might stump you. Try your hand at folding an origami crane to remember the people lost in the 1910 Rogers Pass avalanche. Learn a few words in the Sinixt language in the Sinixt First Nation exhibit. Check out the interactive avalanche map in the Land of Thundering Snow exhibit. Once you get upstairs, leave your name on our “Where in the World Are Your From” map, and dive into the interactive map in the Stories Beneath the Surface exhibit.
Children's Play Area
Exploring a museum with young children can be a challenge. The upstairs play area is a fun space for children and families to relax and play. Put on a puppet show, put together a floor puzzle, or build a castle with the wooden blocks. Craft materials are always available. Scavenger hunts are available at the visitor’s desk and can be a fun and engaging way for children to explore the museum.
A Building with a history
Our beautiful building was constructed in 1926 as the Revelstoke Post Office and Customs, on a site chosen in 1910 by Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier. The building became home to Revelstoke Museum & Archives in July 1974.