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Museums are living places, and that’s true of Kelowna’s flagship museum, the Okanagan Heritage Museum too. In fact, the entire permanent gallery has been reimagined! In spring 2019, we wrapped up a multi-year process that saw us overhaul our entire permanent gallery. Pay us a visit and enjoy our ‘new’ museum.

Experience fascinating displays and learn how the Okanagan Valley was formed, and why it supports tremendous biodiversity. Step into the world of the Syilx/Okanagan people, and gain insights into their close connection to the land. Learn about the arrival of traders and settlers, and peer into the windows of an original “Chinatown” shop. Meet some individuals from Kelowna’s past and present, and be inspired by the Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame.

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Jan 27

Waterways: Past, Present and Future

September 18, 2021 - March 7, 2022

Okanagan Heritage Museum

Waterways explores the nature of our relationship with water – from the impact of development and climate change...

Feb 09

na̓ʔk̓ʷulamən (what we do): How Food Was Given

February 9, 2022

Online event

The captíkwł (sacred creation stories) of the syilx/Okanagan people teach us how to live on this land. Hear from local...

Feb 23

na̓ʔk̓ʷulamən (what we do): Checking in on Truth and Reconciliation

February 23, 2022

Online event

Bring your questions and engage in this discussion, led by local syilx Elders. How are we doing? What action is happening?...

Mar 16

na̓ʔk̓ʷulamən (what we do): syilx Wellness Practices

March 16, 2022

Online event

Have you heard of “new” terms like forest bathing and eco-wellness? Are these practices really new, or are these concepts...

Apr 20

na̓ʔk̓ʷulamən (what we do): Traditional syilx Plant Use Walking Tour

Dates vary between April 20, 2022 - April 20, 2022

Laurel Packinghouse

The Okanagan is incredibly biodiverse, and the syilx/Okanagan people have deep knowledge of how to use the different plant...