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 2014/2015 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 2015/2016 year by the end of August.  Please contact the museum at 604.532.3536 or curator@tol.ca for more details. 

 

More Information

Langley Centennial Museum
604.532.3536
curator@tol.ca
All Current/Past Exhibits
Jan 11 2015

Collected and Curated: Artifacts from the Permanent Collection



Collected and Curated: Artifacts from the Permanent Collection

The Langley Centennial Museum’s newest exhibit take a look back at the history of the museum’s collection. Want to know what kind of gems are stored in the collection and rarely get to be displayed? Now is your chance!

The museum is one of the oldest community museums in the province. Its collection was originally established through the efforts of the Native Sons of B.C. After purchasing the last remaining Hudson’s Bay Company fort building, the storehouse, from the pioneer Mavis family, the Native Sons collected artifacts from the Langley area that related to its pre-contact and post-contact history and exhibited them there. Part of this early assortment of artifacts became the basis for the museum’s collection when it opened in 1958. The remaining items stayed at the Fort Langley National Historic Site.

While early collecting reflected the community’s HBC and pioneering past, it also collected the exotic; travelling to a museum much like a trip around the world and allowed people to see things they might not have otherwise. Later, the collection grew to include more artifacts that were examples of pioneer life, but often the age and look of the item was more relevant than the actual connection to Langley’s history.

In later decades, gaps were filled in the collection, sometime for exhibit purposes, and the collection continued to grow in local relevance. What we collect today reflects the community’s history and the present.

Come by to see some of the interesting, unique, and beautiful items the Langley Centennial Museum has been fortunate to collect over the last 57 years!

More Information

Langley Centennial Museum
604.532.3536
curator@tol.ca