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Time Traveller: This is where the North Vancouver Museum got its start

As the future home of MONOVA gets set to open, here's a look at the past

Conceived as a B.C. centennial project (1971) the North Vancouver Museum and Archives was established, originally as the North Shore Museum & Archives, in 1972. The museum's first home was the old PGE Railway Station in Mahon Park (as seen in this 1975 photo). In 1976, the North Vancouver Museum and Archives moved to facilities at Presentation House, on Chesterfield Avenue. That building served previously as a school and then city hall.  

In 2006, the Archives of North Vancouver moved to the newly renovated, old Lynn Valley School building, now called the Community History Centre in Lynn Valley.  

On Dec. 4, 2021, almost 50 years after it was first established, MONOVA: Museum of North Vancouver will open in a purpose-built, brand-new museum in Lower Lonsdale. 

Visit the MONOVA website for more information about the history of the North Shore and to learn about MONOVA: Museum of North Vancouver opening December 4, 2021 in The Shipyards.

Currently, MONOVA: Archives of North Vancouver at 3203 Institute Road in Lynn Valley is open by appointment only. Contact: [email protected]

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