Pemberton & District
Museum & Archives Society
The museum exhibits are now closed to the public and will reopen
in May 2014.
School Groups - please Contact
Us to arrange a visit during the off-season.
Research & Reproductions
The Pemberton museum supports research and reproduction requests
on a year-round basis. Please see the About Us page for more information about our
Please Contact Us to arrange a visit.
Explore Pemberton and District's Heritage
Can you imagine walking to Pemberton from
Vancouver, clearing the land with horses and
building a house with hand tools? William Morgan Miller
did this in 1894 and you can explore this original hand-hewn log
building, with squared timbers and dove-tail joints, at the
The Pemberton Heritage Museum is a collection of buildings and
artifacts that date back to the 1860's. Displayed in a
setting that resembles a small Pioneer Village are three
original hand hewn log homes and artifacts dating from
1860-1950. Children can explore the Barney House which is
set up as a one room school. Experience living in another
time and explore the Shantz House home. The Sam Jim
House displays the curio's like the old dentist chair and Frank
Tierney's artificial hand.
Around the museum grounds you will see various horse drawn
tools, wagons, machinery, a trapper's cabin and other curiosities
from times past.
Did you know?
- Port Pemberton was founded as a stopping point on the historic
Harrison-Lillooet gold rush trail? 30,000 gold-rushers passed
through this region from 1858-1865 and Port Pemberton was an
important stopping point for travelers making their way to Lillooet
and the gold-fields beyond!
- Pemberton has produced seed potatoes for commercial sale since
the 1930's, eventually developing the first commercial virus free
seed potatoes in North America in 1966.
- Electricity didn't come to the valley until 1951 and phone
didn't arrive until 1958.
- The only way in an out of the Pemberton area until the
mid-1960's was by foot, by horse or by rail. As early as the 1930's
cars and roads existed in Pemberton but you could only drive from
one end of the valley to the other until the highway arrived in
Located in the Village of Pemberton
We are located in
the heart of downtown Pemberton at 7455 Prospect St. The
Society meets every 2nd Wednesday each month at the Museum.
Experience Museum Events and Programs.
Join us for the Tea & Tales Program every
Tuesday at 2pm in July and August.
Families can explore the site using our "World of
Yesterday" scavenger hunt for children and plant lovers will
enjoy our "Museum Garden Tour" of heritage perennials.
Walkers will love our 2.5 km "Heritage
Walk" from One Mile Lake through the Village and out to
the end of Portage Road. Pick up a brochure at the Visitor Center
or at the Museum.
Become a member
or just come on by for a visit.
Check the Events
& Programs page to find out what is going on at your
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