MONOVA: Museum of North Vancouver will open its doors to the public on a limited “preview” basis in The Shipyards on December 4.
Admission will be free on December 4, and COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place.
The Museum will be open 4 days a week (Thursday to Sunday from 11:00am to 5:00pm) during the winter months.
An opening celebration and the debut of “You Are Here @ The Shipyards” in the Feature Exhibit Gallery will follow in early 2022.
MONOVA is welcoming visitors to explore its gallery spaces, which include interactive displays, as well as moving tributes to the past, such as the section dedicated to Residential School survivors and their families.
The new Museum of North Vancouver joins the Archives of North Vancouver in Lynn Valley under the MONOVA banner.
“We’re delighted to be opening the doors to the new Museum of North Vancouver. The past year has been challenging for many of us and with this project we’re excited to be a part of North Vancouver’s pandemic recovery,” said Commission Chair Dee Dhaliwal.
“A community vision decades in the making has finally become reality, the result of many years of advocacy and persistent belief in the potential and the necessity of this space.
Located in the heart of the vibrant Shipyards District at 115 West Esplanade, MONOVA is close to Lonsdale Quay, The Polygon Gallery and SeaBus Terminal.
In addition to featuring the restored electric Streetcar 153, the Museum includes a powerful new cedar carving of Sch’ich’iyuy (The Two Sisters) by Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) carver Wade Baker.
Exhibits in the new permanent gallery include:
An Indigenous Welcome Circle showcasing Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Səl̓ílwətaɬ Nations artefacts
Touched by Nature, including the Amazing Animals display
The changing face of outdoor recreation
Connections: Where cultures collide
Sports: past and present, including Olympic athletes
Interactive children’s displays
Women in Wartime
History of shipbuilding on the North Shore
History of North Vancouver’s waterfront
Innovative industries that took shape in North Vancouver
The Museum’s Feature Exhibition Gallery will open in early 2022
“We’re excited to welcome the community into this incredible new museum,” notes MONOVA Director Wesley Wenhardt.
“I look forward to strengthening and building new relationships in the community, especially those with the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Səl̓ílwətaɬ Nations. I’m excited to learn more about the community of North Vancouver and honoured to work with the Museum and Archives team on the launch of North Vancouver’s newest cultural attraction.”
“Decades of hard work by volunteers and supporters as well as the dedicated efforts of MONOVA staff have gone into this project,” stated Mayor Linda Buchanan.
“Our goal with this new Museum is to bring the community together through their stories, and create a welcoming place to gather and celebrate. The new Museum of North Vancouver will join the Archives of North Vancouver in Lynn Valley as hubs of research, innovation and dialogue that will inspire ideas for a stronger, more engaged community, while keeping diversity, inclusion and sustainability top of mind.”
The Museum of North Vancouver will engage, strengthen and inspire our community by exploring the stories of North Vancouver’s past, present and future. We invite the community to come together and get involved to financially support MONOVA so that we can create a dynamic and innovative hub where the stories of North Vancouver’s people, places and past come to life.