Museums & Galleries in Richmond, BC
Begin your discovery of local arts and culture in the heart of Minoru Park at the Richmond Cultural Centre, which houses both the Richmond Museum and the Richmond Art Gallery. With free admission, you can explore the culture and history of Richmond in the Museum’s constantly changing exhibition gallery. At the Art Gallery, you’ll find thoughtful exhibitions of regional, national and international contemporary works of art. Both the Museum and Gallery are within walking distance of the Canada Line, and offer free admission as well as complimentary 3-hour parking at the Cultural Centre parkade.
Before leaving the Cultural Centre, pick up a copy of the 10 Minute Art Tours map to track down works of contemporary public art located in public spaces throughout the city. Many, like the iconic "Water Sky Garden" installation at the Richmond Olympic Oval, were placed for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Olympic Experience at the Richmond Olympic Oval
Feel the rush as you fly off an Olympic ski jump, paddle down a raging white-water kayak course, or carve the perfect line in a sit-ski slalom race. The $10-million Olympic Experience museum inside the iconic Richmond Olympic Oval features interactive sport simulators and displays aimed at providing you with the experience of what it’s like to achieve an Olympic dream. You can even try your hand at broadcasting an Olympic event! The Olympic Experience is Canada's first and only official member of the International Olympic Museums Network.
The historic fishing village of Steveston boasts four must-see museums – the Steveston Museum, Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, and the London Heritage Farm.
Originally Richmond’s first bank built in 1905, the iconic cream, red and white heritage building now houses the Steveston Museum as well as Tourism Richmond’s Visitor Centre and post office. Toward the back of the museum, the newly renovated History of Steveston exhibit details the fascinating history of this storied seaside community.
The Gulf of Georgia Cannery was once the leading producer of canned salmon in British Columbia, and is now a National Historic Site and a popular interactive museum, presenting the history of the West Coast fishing industry through fascinating guided tours and interactive exhibits. Nearby, Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site invites visitors to experience what life was like for workers in Steveston’s fishing industries a century ago.
While in Steveston, venture out to the countryside for a taste of century-old farming life at London Heritage Farm. Wander through the heritage gardens, explore the museum and stop for afternoon tea. Don’t forget to pick up homemade jams and teas in the gift shop!