City of Penticton's R.N.Atkinson Museum and ArchivesPenticton , British Columbia
Tourism Region: Okanagan
Experience the tumultuous lives of the gold seekers and railway men and envision the sternwheelers that ran up and down the waterways of the Okanagan. Explore our fine displays of pioneer life, natural history, military artifacts and First Nations collections. The extensive archives are available for researchers of local and regional history.
About the Collections
Although Penticton was not incorporated until 1908, it has a history that stretches much further back. The collection represents the life of our pioneers and First Nations people, as well as natural history, industry, and military.
Approximate number of objects in the collections: 10,000 ?
The archives consists of both original and secondary material dating from the 1880's to present. There is a concentration on photographs, railway material, and local history.
Archives are available to the public, but appointments are required.
Reproductions of historic photographs are available for a small fee.
Architectural Records Cartographic Materials Prints and Drawings Films and Videos Sound Recordings Textual Records
The collection of decorative arts ranges from a large collection of local Schwenk pottery to exquisitely made quilts and rugs.
Ceramics, Porcelain or Pottery Costumes Furniture or Furnishings Musical Instruments Textiles or Tapestries
Although the collection of fine art is limited, we do have an exceptional collection of works from Minn Sjolseth, a well-known Norwegian-Canadian painter.
The human history collection can be divided into four major categories: Pioneer Life, First Nations' History, Industry (Railway, Mining, Orcharding), and Military. Pioneer life is represented by clothing, furnishing, and domestic technology. The First Nations' collection consists of basketry, stone tools, and leather work. As the Kettle Valley Railway was very important to the Okanagan Valley, we have many related artifacts and exhibits, including a replica of a railway station. Our military collection is very large and complete and consists of medals, uniforms, and war artifacts.
Agriculture Animal Husbandry Archaeological Objects Clocks or Time-keeping Devices Communications Devices Costumes and Accessories Electricity Exploration and Survey Forestry Furniture or Furnishings Household Objects or Domestic Technology Imaging : Photographs Industrial Technology and History Maps, Charts, Plans or Blueprints Masks Medals Medical History and Technology Military History and Technology Musical Instruments Religious or Liturgical Objects Sports Equipment Toys and Games Transportation : Non-motorized ground : Railway Weapons
The Natural History collection at the Penticton Museum is one of the largest in British Columbia. The 1000 mounts of both birds and animals are displayed against a realistic backdrop. There are also many eggs, nests, fossils, and rocks.
Plants and Animals (Biological Collections) : Endangered Species : Terrestrial Organisms : Botany : Zoology : Invertebrates, Insects (Insecta), Mollusks (Mollusca), Spiders (Arachnida) : Vertebrates, Birds (Aves), Mammals (Mammalia), Reptiles (Reptilia) Earth Science and Geological Collections : Precious Stones (Lapidary) : Minerals : Rocks Paleontological Collections : Fossil Vertebrates (Vertebrate Paleontology)
Services & Activities
Archival Records Information Centre Library Video Library Slide Library
Guided Tours : English Information Centre or Desk Parking Facilities : Free Gift shop Special Needs Facilities : Parking : Signs : Washrooms : Wheelchair access Washrooms
Picnic Area Reception Facilities
Hours & Admission
10:00 - 5:00
Closed: New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, British Columbia Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day
(Please note: the Museum will be closed on the Saturday preceding statutory holidays that fall on Mondays)
Admission by donation
City of Penticton's R.N.Atkinson Museum and Archives
785 Main Street, Penticton, British Columbia
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Last updated: 2004 07 05