The Old Hastings Mill Store Museum is a nice small interesting Vancouver museum located at 1575 Alma in Kitsilano by the ocean. Admission is by donation.
The Old Hastings Mill Store
A nice small, very quiet, but interesting and inexpensive museum is the Old Hastings Mill Store Museum located at 1575 Alma in Kitsilano by the ocean along Point Grey Road.
Operated by a small non-profit society (the Native Daughters of BC), the museum is housed in the oldest building in Metro Vancouver and can be found just down the street from Jericho Beach.
The Old Hastings Mill Store Museum hosts an eclectic collection of artifacts from the region, including old pictures, antique furniture and household artifacts from bygone years.
There isn’t a lot of written explanation – it’s mostly just a collection of things to look at, but the volunteer hosts are friendly 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, unless you visit during one of their special events, when you’ll want to stay longer.
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.
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 probably 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.
The Old Hastings Mill Store Museum is 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).
TIP: A good time to visit can be when they have special events, at which time there is typically a speaker and “tea service”. See the Museum’s website for further information.