New Museum in North Vancouver

Building a Museum as Extraordinary as the Community It Will Serve.

A new Museum is now under construction in Lower Lonsdale’s cultural precinct.

Learn more about the Team, Location, Place, Funding and Experience.



We have reached 80% of our funding goal.

Corporate Supporters

  • BlueShore Financial
  • CN
  • Pacific Arbour Retirement Communities
  • Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

Public Funding Received

  • $3.1 Million from the City of North Vancouver
  • $3.0 Million from the Government of Canada (Canada Cultural Spaces Fund)


Help us to create a lasting legacy and build a new museum as extraordinary as the community it will serve!

Friends of the North Vancouver Museum and Archives Society. Registered Charity No. 89031 1772 RR0001

Funding Allocations

25%  Permanent Gallery Exhibit Enhancements – including interactive features and multi-media content.

25%  Building Upgrades – facility improvements to enhance our ability to create a wow experience.

10%  Temporary Exhibit Program – development and installation of our first temporary exhibits, and the mobile exhibit program.

15%  Enhanced Public Programs – including a museum theatre troupe, children’s activity carts, animateurs, tour guides and workshop leaders.

10%  Marketing, Branding and Launch of the new museum.

15%  Contributing to NVMA’s ongoing financial support through a legacy fund.

Community Fundraising Campaign

A community fundraising campaign with a target of $2.5M is now underway. Contributions are being used to build interactive exhibits, outfit public spaces and create engaging programs for visitors at the new museum. Donations are being made by individuals, families, foundations, businesses and government agencies.

Corporate Opportunities

Support from businesses who share our vision for the new museum will help us open the doors to an extraordinary new cultural amenity in fall 2020. For more information, contact:

Recent Gift

We are pleased to announce a recent gift of $100,000 from CN to support the new museum’s “Connections Exhibit”. CN, a leading transportation and logistics company, made the donation in celebration of its 100th anniversary.


Building a museum as extraordinary as the community it will serve takes teamwork.

Support our team …

Fundraising Campaign

A team of volunteer fundraisers is led by John Gilmour (Chair, Capital Campaign) and Matti Polychronis (Chair, Fund Development Committee).


Karen Dearlove is working hard to carefully prepare and select artifacts such as this mariner’s sextant, from the museum collection, for display.

Streetcar Restoration

West Coast Railway Association is completing restoration of Streetcar 153 for installation in the new Museum. Read North Shore News’ recent articles for more on the story.

Keep up-to-date on what the team is doing with the new museum project …

Community Input

The Friends of the NVMA polled residents and learned that a museum that is bold, edgy, and active is wanted.

Public Program Planner

Pam Roberts, an experienced public program specialist is developing programs that will inspire curiosity and wonder in audiences both old and new.

Advisory Group

The Indigenous Voices Advisory Group recommends how indigenous culture will be presented in the new Museum as well as at The Polygon Gallery.

Exhibit Planning

Kei Space Design developed the concept plan and is designing the exhibits for 3DS to fabricate. Kei is led by North Vancouver’s Juan Tanus.

Exhibit Fabricators

3DS (Three Dimensional Services Inc.) is fabricating the exhibits for the new site.  The principal, Ross Ireland is a North Vancouverite.

Architectural Design

Urban Arts Architecture has worked with City of North Vancouver staff to design the Museum’s interior as a welcoming gathering place for residents and tourists.


Located at 115 West Esplanade, in a City-owned amenity space, the purpose-built museum will be located in the heart of Lower Lonsdale’s new Shipyards District.


• Curated and secure repository for the treasures and stories of our shared heritage.

• Play a vital role in education for youth and provide an interactive alternative to classroom education.

• Exciting new venue for events in the heart of Lower Lonsdale.

• Contribute significantly to the tourism economy.


1. Entrance Pavilion (Lobby) – 2700 sf

2. Streetcar 153

3. The “Hub” Space – 915 sf

4. Community Room – 645 sf

5. Outdoor Terrance – 1345 sf

6. Feature Exhibit Gallery – 1400 sf

7. Permanent Exhibit Galleries – 3525 sf

8. Meeting Room – 225 sf

9. Curatorial, Programs and Administrative Centre – 3000 sf

New Museum Building Site from 1925 to 2019. Watch It Grow!

100 Block West Esplanade Over Time


In February 2020, the North Vancouver Museum and Archives welcomed community members for a special behind-the-scenes our of our new location in Lower Lonsdale scheduled to open in late-2020.

Check out this video for a sneak peek. >>

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