The Old Hastings Mill Store Museum is an interesting Vancouver museum. Overlooking English Bay, it’s located at 1575 Alma Street not far from Jericho Beach.
It’s a small place, but packed full of artifacts and history. Admission is by donation.
Due to COVID-19, the museum closed for an extended period last year. As of mid-February in 2021, however, it was open.
For the most up-to-date information about the status of the site, visit the Mill Store Museum website.
The Old Hastings Mill Store
A nice small, very quiet, but interesting and inexpensive museum is the Old Hastings Mill Store Museum. It’s located on the border between the Point Grey and Kitsilano neighbourhoods of Vancouver just off Point Grey Road. From outside the museum you can see the waters of English Bay and Vancouver’s North Shore Mountains in the distance.
Operated by a small non-profit society (the Native Daughters of BC), the museum itself is in the oldest building in Metro Vancouver. It’s also less than 10 minutes east of Jericho Beach on foot.
The museum is usually open from mid-June until mid-September every day except Mondays from 1 until 4 pm and just weekends the rest of the year (except for in December and January when it’s completely closed).
What’s at the Museum?
The Old Hastings Mill Store Museum hosts an eclectic collection of artifacts from the region. There are old pictures, antique furniture and all kinds of household artifacts from bygone years.
There isn’t a lot of written explanation – it’s mostly just a collection of things to look at. Volunteer hosts are friendly though and can provide additional information.
Expect to spend between 5 and 30 minutes at the museum, all depending on your interest in looking at old artifacts. If you visit during one of their special events, however, then you’ll want to stay longer.
Admission is by donation, so the price is right (and whatever your level of interest and generosity permits). If you like historical artifacts and don’t like crowds, then you’ll no doubt appreciate this tiny and normally very quiet museum, except maybe on the odd day when they have a school group and the place is packed.
Tips and Advice
Below are some suggestions to help you make the most out of your visit.
TIP #1: A good time to visit can be when they have special events, at which time there is typically a speaker and “tea service”.
TIP #2: Although the museum isn’t a destination in itself (unless you are a real history or antique fanatic), if you are in the area anyway (e.g., in Kitsilano or on your way to Jericho Beach or UBC), then it’s worth dropping by for a quick visit. It’s an interesting little place.
TIP #3: If you like history then other places you might like include Roedde House (in Vancouver’s West End) and Kilby Historic Site (in Harrison Mills near Harrison Hot Springs). For details about these and other similar historical sites, see below.
See the Museum’s Website for further information.
Other articles that may be of interest include the following:
- Jericho Beach
- University of British Columbia
- Pacific Spirit Regional Park
- Vancouver on a Budget
- Vancouver on a Rainy Day
Places that are similar to this museum in other parts of the Lower Mainland include the following attractions:
- Kilby Historic Site (in Harrison Mills)
- London Heritage Farm (in Richmond)
- Mackin House Museum (in Coquitlam)
- Old Hastings Mill Store (in Vancouver)
- Roedde House Museum (in Vancouver)
- Stewart Farm (in South Surrey)