Our mission is to continue to be a cultural centre for the community and provide a repository dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition, interpretation, and promotion of the West Kelowna/Westbank and area’s history. We engage the community through, first and foremost, friendly, dedicated staff and volunteers, historical displays contributed by area residents, Okanagan activities information, workshops, special Museum events, memberships, various media outlets.
We recognize that history is not only in the past, but also in the moment. The museum is an integral part of our community and its daily life. We commit to the past, present, and future of West Kelowna/Westbank and areas through our ongoing enthusiastic endeavours to preserve our heritage and promote the future. We involve all age groups in programs and projects that reflect positively on the place we call home.
The Westbank Museum was established in 1978 to provide a repository for artefacts of the early days of the Westbank area, to generate community programs of historic and cultural worth and to preserve Westbank heritage. The museum has grown since inception and now houses over 6500 artefacts in its collection. It also has an impressive collection of archival documents and photographs.
Located at 2376 Dobbin Road, on the west side of beautiful Okanagan Lake, the Westbank Museum invites its visitors, as well as its community, to share in the goal of preserving the physical history of Westbank’s achievements.
Every year the museum’s collection grows, as well as our involvement in the community. We offer educational opportunities along with research assistance to those who are interested.
The Westbank Museum has recently moved to a new location. During the summer of 2011, we transformed the old RCMP building into our beautiful new museum. We welcome visitors to come and see how we have evolved and share in our cultural history.