The Okanagan area has over 35 different museums, reflecting its location in the West Coast, and the confluence of Indian heritage, European settlement and agriculture. These museums are listed in a rough north-to south order:

Kamloops Museum & Archives

207 Seymour St

The museum portrays the area’s history, including Indian culture, a reconstructed Hudson’s Bay fur trading cabin, pioneer artifacts, transportation items, and natural history specimens.

Rocky Mountain Rangers Museum and Archives

1221 McGill Rd
(JR Vicars Armoury, Box 3250)

Museum of this regiment is located inside the JR Vicars Armoury, a fully operational army reserve regiment.

Kamloops view To Secwepemc Museum

Secwepemc Native Heritage Park

# 311-355 Yellowhead Highway
Kamloops, BC, V2H 1H1

This museum (pronounced “she-kwe-pem”)interprets the history of the Secwepemc or Kamloops people and sits on their reserve on the banks of the South Thompson River. The Kamloops band is one of 17 that make up the Secwepemc Indians, which have occupied the territory between the Rockies and the Fraser for over 4,000 years. There is a museum, a full-scale reconstruction of a traditional Shuswap winter village in five different historical periods, and a 2,400 year old archaeological site. Native song, dance and theatre for part of the visitor experience.

Revelstoke Railway Museum

719 Track St W

This museum tells the story of those who maintain and worked the railroad between Field and Kamloops. With special emphasis on the steam era on the 1940s and 1950s. On display are the engine 5468, a Mikado P2, Business Car No 4 (once a Cape Humber solarium car).
RJ Haney Heritage House and Park

RJ Haney Heritage House and Park

97B, 4 km east of Salmon Arm
Salmon Arm

This heritage exhibit includes the 1918 North Broadview schoolhouse, Salmon Arms’ original fire hall, the 1911 Mt Ida church and several farm buildings, managed by the Salmon Arm Museum and Heritage Association. Marjorie’t Team Room is on a lower floor for refreshments and light lunches.

Haney House Salmon Arm Museum

751 Grindrod-Salmon Arm Hwy.
Salmon Arm
(250) 832-5243

Rocky Mountain Rangers Museum and Archives

1221 McGill Rd
Salmon Arm

Museum of this regiment is located inside the JR Vicars Armoury, a fully operational army reserve regiment.

Eagle Valley Museum and Heritage Society

In Finlayson Park

Exhibits of native, railway, and settlers history and artifacts. Open late June to late August.

Armstrong Spallumcheen Museum & Art Gallery

3415 Pleasant Valley Rd.
(250) 546-8318

Area history is featured in exhibits that highlight the railway, agriculture and turn-of-the-century settlers. Open Thursday to Monday from June through September, an weekends in winter.

Enderby & District Museum Society

619 Cliff Ave.
(250) 838-7170

Open Monday to Saturday, featuring local history and community artists.

Falkland Heritage Park Museum & Archives

5657 Kamloops-Vernon Hwy.
(250) 379-2535

O’Keefe Historical Ranch and Interior Heritage Society

about 13 kilometres north on highway 97, west of the 97A junction after Swan Lake

This ranch, on the northern tip of Okanagan Lake was one of the first ranches in the area, founded in 1867 by Cornelius O’Keefe. The 8,094 hectare ranch became a major cattle operation, and the historic ranch site includes a Roman Catholic church, a general store a post office, the O’Keefe Mansion, and the Cowboy Ranching Gallery, which is a museum with old cowboy gear including guns and saddles.

Greater Vernon Museum & Archives

Civic Centre Complex. 3009-32 Ave

Located in the Civic Centre, the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives presents the history of the North Okanagan through streetscapes, dioramas, and changing exhibits. Highlights include the Allan Brooks Gallery, military displays, natural history specimens, native artifacts, and an extensive archival collection. The gift shop specializes in books on antiques and local history plus unique jewellery. Wheelchair accessible.

Interior Space & Science Centre

2704 Highway 6.
(250) 545-3644

This museum not only includes a mini planetarium, but also optical illusions, and explains the science and technology behind the energy and forestry industries. Open 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday through Sundays.

Lumby Museum

1785 Glencaird.
(250) 547-9539

This museum, east of Vernon, showcases the area’s history

Lake Country Heritage & Cultural Society

11255 W Okanagan Centre Rd.
(250) 766-0111

Wine Museum The

1304 Ellis.
(250) 868-0441

Kelowna Centennial Museum

470 Queensway Ave

This museum displays items explaining the area’s natural history and human inhabitation, including fossils, Indian arts and crafts, a Chinese store, an 1861 trading post, Kelowna’s first radio station, and a subterranean home.

BC Orchard Industry Museum

1304 Ellis St

This museum traces the development of the orchard industry in BC, with displays that explain the process from planting to processing and preparing. Open Monday – Saturday in July & August. Also the site of the Apple Fair in September.

Okanagan Military Museum Society

4 1304 Ellis St.
(250) 763-9292

Oliver Heritage Society Museum

9728 356 Ave

Exhibits cover the range of the areas flora and fauna as well as the mining history reflected in the nearby

Westbank Museum

past Brown St, on southbound highway 97

This museum is also the town’s information centre.

Peachland Museum

5890 Beach.
(250) 767-3441

Silver Lake Forestry Centre

16 km west on Brenda Mine Rd (right fork), off Princeton Ave

This centre, managed by the The Silver Lake Forest Education Society, houses forestry artifacts, including construction, harvesting, logging, and firefighting.

Summerland Museum

9521 Wharton St

This local museum is open afternoons year-round with extended tours in July and August. There is an art gallery above the museum selling works by local artists.

Art Gallery Of The South Okanagan

199 Front.
(250) 493-2928

Bill Barlee’s Museum of the Old West

954 Eckhardt Ave

This museum contains artifacts focusing on BC’s mining, ghost town, and old west heritage

R.N. Atkinson Penticton Museum

785 Main Street

This museum showcase the natural and social history of the southern Okanagan.

Okanagan Falls Heritage Museum & Bassett House

1145 Main St., Okanagan Falls, V0H 1R0
(South end of Okanagan Falls on Highway 87)
(778) 931-0839

This house was ordered from the 1909 Eaton catalogue and features the restored residence of the pioneer Bassett family.

Oliver Heritage Society Museum

9728 356 Ave

Exhibits cover the range of the areas flora and fauna as well as the mining history reflected in the nearby Fairview gold mining settlement

Similkameen Valley Museum

Main Street, 2nd floor of Lower Similkameen Band Office

This museum highlights the history and traditions of the local indigenous peoples and includes tools, dance costumes and photos.

South Similkameen Museum

6th Ave & 6th St

This museum is located in the former Provincial Police office and jail ad includes various police uniforms and pioneer artifacts. Open 9 am to 5 pm may through October.

Princeton and District Pioneer Museum

167 Vermillion Ave

Artifacts on display include a Welby Stage Coach, farm equipment, and furnishings and clothing from pioneers, Interior Salish natives and Chinese immigrants. There are also fossil and mineral exhibits connecting with the area’s mining history.

Nicola Valley Museum and Archives

Nicola Valley Museum & Archives PO Box 1262, 2201 Coldwater Ave
Merritt, BC, V1K 1B8
(250) 378-4145

History of the Nicola Valley and Craigmont Mine, as well as information about area coal mining, ranching and the area natives.