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
All Current/Past Exhibits
Nov 12 2017

Philip Jackman exhibit

Come and explore the life of one of Aldergrove's and Langley's most storied pioneers, Sapper Philip Jackman.  The exhibit follows the life of Philip Jackman, a Royal Engineer of the Columbia Detachment who came to British Columbia in 1859 and later became Reeve of Langley.

Jackman opted for a life of adventure and opportunity as a young man, leaving his small farming village of Northlew, Devon, England to endure a six-month voyage across the Atlantic Ocean and around Cape Horn to British Columbia.  He and other engineers quickly engaged in laying out the infrastructure for the new colony; building the provincial capital of New Westminster, surveying and constructing towns and roads, and altering rivers for safer passage.

The Royal Engineers changed the province, both during their time in the Columbia detachment and as community leaders after their disbandment in 1863.  Like other Royal Engineers for whom towns, streets, and parks have been named, Jackman was a doer.  He participated in the Cariboo Gold Rush, worked for the Canadian Pacific Railroad and the Provincial Lunatic Asylum, was a proprietor of a saloon, general store and post office, patrolled the streets of New Westminster as a night-watchman and the Fraser River as a Fisheries Guardian, and sat at the head of Langley's municipal council as Reeve.  This exhibit draws information from censuses, directories, council minutes, newspapers, theses, monographs, correspondence, oral histories, and other archival records to present the life and times of Philip Jackman.

Please join us for the exhibit's opening reception on Saturday, November 18 from 2:00 - 4:00pm.  For more details, please contact curator@tol.ca, or phone the museum directly.