Museums & Historic Sites in Richmond, BC
Past meets present in striking fashion.
Immerse yourself in history and you’ll discover that Richmond’s roots are as dynamic and fascinating as the city we know it as today. Take some time to visit Richmond’s museums or historic sites, and prepare to be amazed.
Every visit to one of Richmond’s two National Historic Sites tells a story of the vibrant fishing industry that shaped our beautiful city. The Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site was once BC’s biggest salmon cannery—as many as 2.5 million cans of salmon were packed here each year until the 1930s. While the Cannery ceased operations in 1979, it is now a popular interactive museum presenting the history of the West Coast fishing industry through fascinating guided tours and interactive exhibits. A short, scenic walk from the Cannery is Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, which invites visitors to experience what life was like for the multicultural workers in Steveston’s fishing industry a century ago. Walk along the historic boardwalk and learn about the history of the site through interpretive signage, take a complimentary tour of the Shipyard, and tour four stilt houses and a Chinese bunkhouse that demonstrate living conditions from 1910 –1930.
At the Richmond Cultural Centre, you’ll find the Richmond Museum, featuring detailed artifacts from the region’s early history. Admission is free, though donations are appreciated, and the exhibits change regularly, offering something new to see with every visit. The Richmond Museum is now offering free self-guided walking tours; take a step back in time to experience the history and diversity of Richmond.
There’s also the Steveston Museum & Visitor Centre, a great place to immerse yourself in Richmond’s early days. You can also learn all about the triumphs and struggles experienced by Steveston’s Japanese Canadian community at the nearby Japanese Fishermen’s Benevolent Society Building. And if you're interested in transportation history, head over to the Steveston Tram to see interurban tramcar 1220. You can even step inside the tramcar to see the beautiful work volunteers have done to restore this important artifact.
If you want to take a break from the city and relax, London Heritage Farm offers a taste of century-old farming life. It’s a four-acre historic site that recreates life in Steveston from 1880 to 1930. There’s a beautiful heritage garden, great spots to picnic, a Victorian heritage house to tour (open seasonally), and outdoor agricultural exhibits to discover.
You’ll find Canada’s athletic history housed in Richmond. Thanks to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Richmond is home to the Olympic Oval, where the event’s speed skating competitions were held. Inside, you’ll find the $10 million Olympic Experience at the Richmond Olympic Oval, which features relics from the world of international sport. You can also experience Olympic glory through lifelike simulations of extreme sports. 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.