Welcome to the Vernon Museum

Explore the vibrant history and culture of Greater Vernon through engaging exhibits, educational programs, and special events. Our museum offers a unique journey into the past, showcasing the stories and artifacts that shaped our community. Visit us and uncover the rich heritage that makes Vernon so unique.

Featured Exhibits

Permanent Exhibits

In addition to feature, traveling, and pop-up exhibits, the MAV has a series of old favourites.

Gameboard Chronicles: A Voyage into Board Game History

Dive into the rich tapestry of board game history, unraveling the stories behind timeless classics and forgotten gems.

Upcoming & Ongoing Events

Historic Downtown Mural Tours

The Historic Mural Tour takes you on a walking trip back into the past through Downtown Vernon.

School Programs

The Museum & Archives of Vernon is pleased to offer self-guided programming developed to align with the BC Curriculum.

Ways of Water: Stories of the Grey Canal

The Grey Canal transformed land use and settlement in the North Okanagan. Learn about the early development and the evolution of the Grey Canal from those who experienced it first-hand.

Visit the Museum

Visitor Information

The Museum and Archives of Vernon aims to create community connection through exceptional, engaging experiences with Greater Vernon’s authentic and diverse past.


The Greater Vernon Archives has the distinction of being among the most respected research facilities in the province.

Group Bookings

The Museum and Archives of Vernon has undergone transformative changes, and we’re excited to welcome you back into our new, revived exhibit space!

Latest on the Blog

Farmer Val’s

Many children who attended school in Vernon during the 1990s and 2000s had the chance to visit Farmer Val’s.

The Circulating Library

An unassuming copy of “The Mother” by Eden Phillpotts, part of the collection at the Vernon Archives, holds more than…

The StationHouse Museum

Thank you to guest columnist Jenna Kiesman, Hall Manager for the Okanagan Landing & District Community Association, for this wonderful…

The Fintry Ayrshires

In 1924, the Okanagan Valley welcomed a new breed of cattle, thanks to Captain James Cameron Dun-Waters, the Laird of…

Pleasant Valley Houses

Vernon’s East Hill is renowned for its collection of heritage houses, and there’s no better place to experience this than…

History of the BX Valley

The history of the BX Valley is one of ranching endeavors, agricultural traditions, and multicultural expansion.  Like all areas of…

Support the Museum

Your generous support helps us preserve and share the rich history of Greater Vernon. Donations enable us to maintain exhibits, develop educational programs, and continue our community outreach. Every contribution, big or small, makes a significant impact. Thank you for supporting our mission to keep history alive!