When the Surrey Museum closed its doors in August of 2017 to undergo a massive expansion and renovation, lovers of heritage and education were understandably excited about its grand reopening in September of 2018 as the Museum of Surrey.
The Museum has grown its footprint to 36,000 square feet that has allowed the Museum of Surrey to include larger and more dynamic exhibitions. The Museum now features a Heritage Campus to explore in the great outdoors. The Campus includes important Surrey heritage buildings such as the Municipal Hall (converted to the Surrey Archives) built in 1912, the Anderson Cabin built in 1872, the restored Town Hall from 1881, and the Anniedale School built in 1891.
Stepping inside, the Museum features both permanent and temporary exhibitions. Here to stay is the TD Explorer Zone, perfect for kids to learn all about sustainability. This unique exhibit includes fun activities like a tree fort for climbing, safe experiments with electricity, and a wind wall that help teach future generations about keeping our environment in tip-top shape. Due to COVID-19, this exhibit is currently closed.
The permanent Textile Centre features looms, demonstrations, and a collection of textiles and books from the Reference Library. Textile displays are currently taking place in the lobby, with a different theme each month.
Introducing a first of its kind space of gathering, storytelling, and exhibition is the permanent Indigenous Hall. This space was designed and curated by Surrey’s three land-based Nations – Katzie First Nation, Kwantlen First Nation, and Semiahmoo First Nation.
Featuring three exhibits per year, the Feature Gallery is where visitors can discover national and international exhibits that tell the story of our world, and the stories of Surrey’s communities.
The Museum of Surrey is free to visit, thanks to the Friends of the Museum and Archives Society. Visit often, and discover a greater understanding of Surrey’s stories and people, and have a little fun while you’re at it!
Visit the Museum of Surrey’s website for a comprehensive list of current and permanent exhibits.