Revelstoke Museum & Archives is a great place for a family visit. The museum is free for children 12 and under, and we also offer a special family rate of $12 which makes it affordable to come in with older children or young adults. You decide what constitutes a family! Grandparents and children, or parents with adult children all qualify for our family rate (up to 5 teens/seniors/adults in a group.) For nursing mothers, we invite you to find any comfortable spot in the museum to breastfeed your child.
Are you hosting a family reunion in Revelstoke? Talk to us about including a group tour or presentation for your family.
Revelstoke CPR Station from the hill above, circa 1940s. Earle Dickey photograph.
If you are visiting with children, you may enjoy the scavenger hunt, which is available on the visitors’ desk. It can be a great way to help your children to focus while they are in the museum. The museum features many amazing artifacts which can help children engage with the past. On nice days, it’s always fun to head out to the heritage garden. Admission to the garden is free. There is a sandbox in the garden for lots of outdoor play potential. Parents are welcome to close the gates to make sure that their children stay in the garden.
Upstairs in our program room, you will find a children's play area complete with a puppet theatre and puppets; wooden blocks; craft paper and crayons; puzzles; toys; and rubber stamps. Children can unleash their creativity and have some fun.
Our Downtown Walking tours can be interesting for older children. We offer a scavenger hunt for them to do during the tour. Please note that the tours take about 1 hour, and include a lot of talking, so please decide accordingly. Our curator is afraid that young children may find her boring!
Programs for kids
Revelstoke Museum and Archives offers a summer program for children. The program is now in its 20th year! Heritage Explorers meets every Thursday in July and August from 2:00 to 3:30 pm and is geared for children ages 4 to 7. The program includes crafts, learning activities, and games.
Junior Curator’s Club for children ages 8 to 12 meets every Tuesday in July and August from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and gives older children an opportunity to learn more about the museum and to even help to design an exhibit!
Visiting families are welcome to register their children. It’s a fun way to learn about Revelstoke, and to meet other children their age.
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.