Exhibitions Overview

The Langley Centennial Museum’s exhibition areas are divided into two main galleries: the History Gallery and the Temporary Exhibitions Gallery.  The displays in the History Gallery reflect Langley’s distinction as one of the oldest municipalities in the province.  Here you can discover our collection of First People's woodcarvings, tools, stone sculptures, and basketry.  Learn how early Asian and European pioneers adjusted to their new land.  Visit the recreated Michaud parlour and the Noel Booth Store to see what life was like for those that came to call Langley home.

Our Temporary Exhibitions Gallery displays temporary exhibitions of art, history, or science with a local, regional, national, or international focus.  You might find Canadian art, quilts, fossils, or photography.  The exhibits change several times a year.  You will be surprised by what you see and by what may be coming next!  Click here to see what is on now.

Treasures From Our Collection

This thematic display of treasures changes seasonally and allows the museum to exhibit some of the artifacts from the museum’s permanent collection that visitors don’t often get to see.  Past displays have included:
  • Hats
  • Remembrance Day
  • Lighting
  • Photography
  • The British Empire
  • Travel and Collecting

You will be surprised by what you see and by what may be coming next.

Foyer Art Program

The Museum's Foyer Art Program provides local artists with a chance to display their work. The highly visible space in the Museum's Foyer gives artists an opportunity to showcase their work and gives the people of Langley a chance to learn more about our local artists.

Congratulations to all of the 2018 selected artists! To see who is currently displaying their work at the museum, click here.

Applications are accepted to the Foyer Art Program every autumn.  The application form will be available here or at the museum for the 2019 year by the end of August.  Please contact the museum at 604.532.3536 or curator@tol.ca for more details. 


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May 10 2014

Art Deco Chic

Current Exhibitions

The museum is so excited to welcome well-known clothing collectors Claus Jahnke and Ivan Sayers back to the Langley Centennial Museum, returning to us for the first time since 2010’s “Plastic Fantastic,” the 1960’s clothing show.

The Art Deco movement had a profound influence on the world of fashion in the 1920s and 1930s. Art Deco is an abbreviation of the title of an exhibition produced in Paris in 1925, “L’Exposition des Arts Decoratif.” This was the first major display of examples of applied art styles reflecting the trend for modernism, cubism, and simplicity.

In the world of fashion, the Art Deco movement reduced the body to its simplest geometric form, a column, or when represented in two dimensions, a flat rectangle. Prior to the First World War (1914-1918), fashionable women presented themselves as a series of ornate curves dressed in complex, tailored garments and often heavily corseted. After the brutality and disillusionment of the war, practicality, simplicity, and even austerity became the norm, even the ideal. Figures exaggerated with corsets and padding were replaced by figures hidden under loose-fitting, sack-like garments in the chemise style in the 1920s. In the 1930s the natural figure re-emerged, but in fashions that echoed the repeated geometry of the Art Deco style.

Through the 1920s, dresses gradually became less loose and hemlines rose. The legs became more visible. Although the figure was still virtually invisible, the exposure of the legs added a provocative element to clothing that was otherwise asexual.

The pieces chosen will reflect the social and political changes that happened during this period, including how fashion changed post-war during the relatively prosperous 1920s, and then again in the days of the Depression. Items presented will contrast what was happening on the world’s fashion scenes in Paris and Berlin with what would have been worn on the streets of Langley Prairie.

All are welcome to an opening reception at the museum on Saturday, May 10 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. For more information, please contact the Langley Centennial Museum.

ALSO…there will be two Vintage Fashion Shows held on Sunday, June 1, which will provide Mr. Sayers with the opportunity to share his wealth of knowledge about the fashions of the day to a captivated audience. His wit and humour - coupled with the history of the fashions and the people who wore them – makes the experience unforgettable. Enjoy a matinee at 2pm, or an evening show at 7pm. Each performance will last about an hour and a half, and include a brief intermission.

Tickets are $20. Call 604.532.3536.

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