MONOVA: Museum of North Vancouver is opening in 2021

We are hard at work developing North Vancouver’s newest public museum and we’re getting very close to opening the doors to you.

Later in 2021, we invite you to join us in the Shipyards District in a brand new 16,000 sq. ft. facility where we plan to ignite curious minds through powerful stories of North Vancouver.


MONOVA will transform the way we experience North Vancouver’s stories.

At the new Museum, you will find yourself drawn in to landscapes you knew nothing about, meeting people from different eras and contemplating what it all means for our future.

Join us in supporting this exciting work. Learn more in the Case for Support.

We rely on donations to help bring North Vancouver’s stories to life, expand our community’s archival and museum collections, build learning experiences and inspire future generations.

From The Inlet (Blog)


MONOVA’s Lene Burgmann looks into the history of the Lions Gate Bridge.

Lions Gate Bridge is an iconic Vancouver landmark. Its slender form spans Burrard Inlet at the First Narrows and connects the unceded lands of the North Shore and Vancouver through Stanley Park. It is a reminder of our colonial past in that it is named after the twin mountain peaks on the North Shore that the British named The Lions, after two lion sculptures on Trafalgar Square in London, UK. The Coast Salish have called these twin peaks Sch’ich’iyúy (or Twin Sisters) since time immemorial. This name is rooted in place, the settler name is not.

Strategic Plan

Becoming a community hub means asking a wide range of people what they want and need from their Museum and Archives. It also means having a deep knowledge of cultural spaces and offerings already available in our community, and knowing how we can magnify these with our own activities.

Representing years of visioning, self-scrutiny and consultation with stakeholders and our wider community, MONOVA’s 2020-2023 Strategic Plan is now available. Read more about the making of the strategic plan.