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. 


More Information

Langley Centennial Museum
All Current/Past Exhibits
Sep 29 2016

Open Book Art Collective

Open Book Art Collective 

The Open Book Art Collective presents The Idiot, an Art Exhibition inspired by Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel of dramatic tragedy

"For a long time now I've been tormented by a certain idea, but I've been afraid to make a novel out of it, because the thought is too difficult, and I'm not ready for it, though it's a thoroughly tempting thought and I love it. The idea is - to portray a perfectly beautiful man. Nothing, in my opinion, can be more difficult than that, especially in our time."
-Dostoevsky, writing to his niece about The Idiot

The Idiot was published in 1868, one of Dostoevsky's latter novels written after his Siberian exile. True to disturbing tragedies in life, the literary material that Open Book Art Collective draws upon for this show is richer in questions than conclusions. Dostoevsky masterfully weaves a narrative absorbed with insight into the psychological states of complex and erratic characters, positioning four parts to the novel that is intricately constructed in order to dramatically collapse at the end in murder, disillusionment, manipulation and illness. Who is the real idiot or outsider when the majority of individuals are behaving madly? What is the use of purity, innocence and compassion in what appears to be too harsh of an environment for it to survive?

The Open Book Art Collective (OBAC) seeks to create a visual/literary dialogue with art objects that are both informed by and informing the literature that they reference. With mediums such as painting, encaustics, drawing, sculpture, photography and textiles, Open Book Art Collective's artists are brought together by their passion for literature, sharing ideas, making art, constructive criticism and a desire for creative community.

Since 2013, OBAC has produced other three art exhibits: The Death of a Beekeeper by Lars Gustafsen, Dear Life by Alice Munro, and Duke by Sara Tilley. The OBAC is passionate about creating events that are accessible to the public and have shown in public libraries and several alternative venues.