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MONOVA fosters a deeper connection with the heritage of its community, inviting residents and visitors alike to explore the rich history that defines North Vancouver
MONOVA invites residents and visitors alike to explore the diverse history of North Vancouver

An undeniably picturesque area with magical mountains and sensational seascape views, North Vancouver is so much more than just another pretty face. In the heart of the North Shore lies a hidden gem that bridges the gap between beauty and brains. 

The Museum and Archives of North Vancouver (MONOVA) invites residents and tourists alike to explore the diverse history that defines the region. 

As a community-led institution, MONOVA is dedicated to engaging diverse audiences and reflecting on the stories that have shaped the community. With a commitment to showcasing Indigenous history and an ongoing dedication to educational initiatives, MONOVA stands as a transformative hub, fostering dialogue and understanding through an ideal blend of education and empathy.

Agents of Change: Chief Dan George Legacy

A new inspiring exhibition available from March to June 2024 is "Agents of Change: Chief Dan George Legacy," an exploration of the legacy and influence of səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation) Chief Dan George. 

The contemplative exhibition offers a bridge between the past and the present, creating a space for important figures such as Chief Dan George and his legacy of activism.

The exhibit aims to generate thoughtful conversations surrounding humility, human rights, environmental conservation and identity. Guests are invited and encouraged to uncover these historical truths and use them as inspiration to step forward into actions toward reconciliation. 

By visiting the exhibit, individuals can gain insight into local advocacy to protect land and resources, as well as being present and participating in dialogue towards reconciliation and inclusion.

A community-led approach

The museum engages with diverse audiences in and outside the community to promote inclusivity and authenticity. Photo via: MONOVA.

MONOVA's uniqueness lies in its community-led approach, actively collaborating with local First Nations and other communities to showcase diverse history in the geographic area, fostering its mission of not just being a static repository of collections but a dynamic space for dialogue and decolonization. 

"Our goal is to be a transformative community hub, engaging with diverse audiences within our community and reflecting those parts of our past and present in our community," museum Director Zoe Mackoff de Miranda says. 

“Working closely with local communities ensures their voices are included and reflected in the stories we tell, promoting inclusivity and authenticity.”

Andrea Terron, curator at MONOVA, discusses the significance of this community-led approach and its alignment with the evolving definition of a museum.

"These connections were needed in our definition of what a museum is,” she explains. “This is our purpose and work – to be accessible and inclusive, museums must foster diversity and sustainability.” 

In addition to its exhibitions, MONOVA offers extensive educational resources, including field trip programs and education kits for both elementary and secondary levels. These resources aim to enhance understanding of local history, including Chief Dan George's activism and his impact on broader First Nations rights in Canada. 

The kits cover topics such as Nikkei in North Vancouver, Lynn Valley neighbourhood history, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) Community: People and Places, and the Chief Dan George Story. 

Community support from the North Shore and beyond

MONOVA provides an environment that fosters meaningful experiences and conversations. Photo via: MONOVA.

To foster ongoing engagement and support, MONOVA offers annual passes, providing unlimited access to the museum's exhibits and special programs. 

"Our annual passes offer great value and also represent a way for the community to engage with and support our mission," Mackoff de Miranda describes. 

Membership benefits extend beyond exhibit access, with special rates for select programs, events, and discounts in the museum store. 

With a museum located in the Shipyards District just off Lonsdale and publically accessible archives in Lynn Valley, MONOVA provides two spaces for vibrant cultural and historical exploration.

With diverse and changing programming, including Lunar New Year, Black History Month, Nowruz, and Family Day events, MONOVA provides a space for meaningful experiences and conversations.

To learn more and plan your visit today, visit