Arts, Culture & History in Richmond, BC
Make sure to keep an open mind and an open schedule.
Once a city of mainly agriculture and fishing, Richmond has given rise to many emerging artists and now hosts a burgeoning creative community. Richmond’s art and history is largely influenced by the city’s multiculturalism, geographical location, and inspiring natural landscape.
Over 200 pieces of public art commissioned by local and international artists decorate our city. Vancouver International Airport is actually home to one of the world’s largest collections of northwest coast Indigenous art, so be sure to keep an eye out when arriving here or catching your flight home. Richmond’s performing arts centres frequently stage something entertaining, from opera to comedy to drama and everything in between, both touring and local. You’ll also want to explore the Highway to Heaven, where over 20 beautiful houses of worship from a variety of religions coexist in harmony.
Richmond’s art galleries house art and artifacts of different styles and periods. A good place to take it all in is the Richmond Cultural Centre, where you’ll find the free-to-visit and always-changing Richmond Museum and Richmond Art Gallery. Richmond is also home to Canada’s only official Olympic museum, and the historic village of Steveston, which brings the past to life every day.
Speaking of Steveston, it’s home to two National Historic Sites, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery and Britannia Shipyards. Both provide perspective into Richmond’s maritime past and give guests the opportunity to learn more about the industry and people who shaped the city and region. Nearby, London Heritage Farm shows life in Steveston from 1880-1930, and the Steveston Tram gives a glimpse into railway history in the early 20th century and how the trams contributed to the development of Richmond’s city centre.