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
Apr 09 2017

Sacrifice and Sorrow

Sacrifice and Sorrow:
Langley and the Great War of 1914 to 1918
April 9 - July 16

Opening on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the Langley Centennial Museum's exhibition, Sacrifice and Sorrow, examines the Great War of 1914 to 1918 with a focus on what the conflict meant to the people of Langley. In 1914, Langley was still largely-forested, its economy based on both agriculture and the lumber trade. The community had virtually no military heritage of its own, yet when Britain declared war against Germany, Langley's young men - many of them recent immigrants from England and Scotland - streamed into Vancouver and New Westminster, hoping to join the First Canadian Contingent.

Sacrifice and Sorrow traces the men and women of Langley as they volunteered for service, made their way overseas, underwent training, and faced the enemy in the trenches of the Western Front. We also meet the soldiers' families - proud but anxious parents, innocent younger brothers, and ingenuous little sisters - for the war involved not just soldiers fighting in Europe, but also those who remained at home. Men, women, and children joined forces to raise money, create and gather supplies for soldiers, and shoulder many of the farm duties that would otherwise have occupied their fathers and brothers.

Discover the Great War through a collection of wartime uniforms, equipment, weapons, drawings and paintings, medals and decorations, letters, and memorabilia. Witness restored archival film footage of British Columbian soldiers drilling and embarking for overseas as well as footage of The Battle of the Somme, released in 1916 and touted at the time as "the most remarkable moving picture which has ever been produced." The exhibit also features a multimedia component prepared by Langley Fine Arts student Alex Houlihan.

Close to 400 young men and boys enlisted from Langley for service in uniform. Of these, one in ten would never return to their loved ones, their remains forever lying buried in the blood-stained soil of France or Flanders. The exhibition concludes with a look at their memorials, whether it be a carefully manicured grave in a Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery or as one of the thousands of names inscribed on memorials to the missing on the Menin Gate or at Vimy Ridge.

Join the museum and guest curator Warren Sommer at the exhibit opening on Sunday, April 9 from 3:00 - 4:30pm. For more information, please contact us at 604.532.3536 or curator@tol.ca.

Langley's Hector Jackson.  Photo courtesy of Andrew Jackson


Langley's Edgar Nash (seated) with chums