Oliver and District Museum - Oliver, BC
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N 49° 10.979 W 119° 33.087
11U E 314073 N 5450931
Quick Description: Downtown near both city hall and the Oliver and District Heritage Society Archives, the Oliver Museum is housed in a one time RCMP building.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 5/21/2021 11:44:59 AM
Waymark Code: WM1491G
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Alfouine
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Long Description:
Once the headquarters of the Oliver detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the museum's building was built in the 1920s and is now a heritage building. Also on the museum grounds is the old jail from nearby Fairview, now a ghost town. The town sprang into existence in the late 1880s with the discovery of gold in the area. The jail is the only remaining building from Fairview.

Within the museum are displays and artefacts relating to the history of Oliver and area, encompassing the gold rush days of Fairview and Camp McKinney, another gold rush town east of Oliver, as well as the agricultural history of the area. Their collection also includes a glimpse into the day to day life of Oliver pioneers. The museum also houses a Reference Library & Reading Room.

Nearby, next to city hall, is the Oliver and District Heritage Society Archives, the repository of the area's archives, housing thousands of textual and photographic records. The archives are open during roughly the same hours as is the museum.

As has become the norm, the Oliver and District Museum now offers a 25 minute Virtual Tour, for those who can't get to the museum in person.
The Oliver and District Museum, housed in the old RCMP building, a heritage location built in the 1920s. Step back in time by entering the Fairview Jail, one of the few remaining intact buildings from our gold mining past!

Our current feature exhibit is Deep Roots, which focuses on the history of Oliver and its surrounding area. Learn about the unique ecosystem of the South Okanagan, its settlement during eras of fur trading, mining, ranching and agriculture, and the culture and resilience of the Syilx Okanagan people who continue to call it home. This interactive exhibit also takes a contemporary look at Oliver’s growth and demographic change and includes a history of the Museum building. Come in and watch a film, listen to radio broadcasts of local news from the 1930s and 40s, touch a beaver pelt, and take a photo to remember your visit with our photographic Selfie Station.

When you’re finished, you can take a stroll down paved paths in our new, wheelchair-accessible Heritage Garden, which features native plants and information about plants, animals and landscape and their names in nsyilxc?n or the Okanagan language.

Guided Downtown Heritage Walking Tours are by donation in the summer months. Call ahead for schedule and meeting location.
From The Museum
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Hours of Operation:
Sept-May: Tues-Fri 1pm-4pm
June-Aug: Tues-Sat 10am-4pm


Admission Prices:
Admission to the Museum (including tour) is by donation; we suggest $2 per person.


Approximate amount of time needed to fully experience the attraction: Up to 1 hour

Transportation options to the attraction: Personal Vehicle Only

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