Located at 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby Village Museum is a popular outdoor historical attraction in Burnaby that’s open seasonally and usually free.
THE MUSEUM AND COVID-19
Due to COVID-19, Burnaby Village closed for a number of weeks beginning on March 18th. Canada Day celebrations at the museum were cancelled for 2020 (as well as at other Burnaby venues). Father’s Day, BC Day, Labour Day and Halloween events at the venue have also all been cancelled.
Between July 15th and September 6th the museum was open. It closed back down at the end of the summer, as per its usual schedule. It plans to remain closed over the Halloween season this year (which is not normal), but, as of early September, hopes to operate over the Christmas season. Exact details about the status of their Heritage Christmas event, however, are to be confirmed.
For more information about the status of the venue see the Burnaby Village website.
To see more events and attractions that are closed click Vancouver COVID-19 Updates.
History at Burnaby Village
Burnaby Village is usually open for the summer season from early May until September from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm Tuesday to Sunday plus holiday Mondays. It is also open seasonally including during the last few days of October and during most of December.
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What to Expect at the Museum
The quality of the museum’s historic buildings and the fact that it’s free makes Burnaby Village one of the best deals in town. For most museums/attractions like it, you might expect to pay $10 (which would still be a comparatively good deal) or even as much as $20 (which would be high). Being free makes Burnaby Village especially impressive.
So what’s there to see at Burnaby Village? It’s set up like an open-air museum with a blacksmith shop, old-fashioned ice cream parlour, general store and school. There is also an antique Vancouver street car train you can go inside and a couple of historic old homes.
Gate admission to the site is free, except for special events like their Spring Break Scavenger Hunt in March and Haunted Village in late October. There is also a small charge for their carousel rides.
Hours and Dates of Operation
Burnaby Village is only open seasonally. It is NOT open year round.
Most years the museum is open over the school spring break at a cost of about $7 which includes unlimited carousel rides, a scavenger hunt, entertainment and other activities.
Burnaby Village is also open in the summer from Tuesday to Sunday plus statutory holiday Mondays from early May until the beginning of September from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm. During the summer admission is free and carousel rides cost around $3 or slightly less.
2019 Hours and Dates of Operation
Burnaby Village was open for the school Spring Break from March 18th to 29th, 2019, between 11:00 am and 4:30 pm. Admission was free and carousel rides cost $2.65
The museum is again open for the summer between May 4th and September 2nd, 2019. It’s open during this period between 11:00 am and 4:30 pm Tuesdays to Sundays as well as on Statutory Holidays. Admission in the summer is also free.
The Haunted Village in 2019 likely runs from October 25th to 28th between 6:00 and 9:00 pm (although exact details are to be confirmed). Admission to the Halloween attraction usually costs around $14 for adults and $9 for children.
Heritage Christmas runs from late November until the first few days of January. 2019 dates are November 23rd until January 3rd (2020).
Burnaby Village on Victoria Day
National holidays are often celebrated at the Burnaby Village Museum with extra activities and entertainment. Victoria Day is no exception.
Victoria Day festivities take place on the Monday of the May Long Weekend and run from around 11:00 am until 4:30 pm.
Below is the Victoria Day event schedule from this last year.
- 11:30 am – Tiddley Cove Morris Dancers on Hill Street
- 12:30 pm – Tiddley Cove Morris Dancers at the Vorce Tram Station Plaza
- 1:15 pm – Tiddley Cove Morris Dancers on Hill Street
- 1:45 pm – Queen Victoria Procession throughout the Village
- 2:00 pm – Victoria Day Ceremony at the Vorce Tram Station Plaza
- 2:00 to 4:00 pm – British Columbia Regiment Band in the Bandstand Area
- 2:20 to 3:45 pm – Queen’s Levee at the Church
- 2:20 to 3:30 pm – Birthday Cupcakes served behind the Seaforth School
- 2:45 to 3:30 pm – Joe McDonald Bag Piper in the Orientation Plaza
In addition to the above, from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm there were craft activities at the Real Estate Office and Tea Time photo opportunities at the Bandstand.
Click Victoria Day for a list of other events on the May Long Weekend in the Vancouver region.
Burnaby Village on Canada Day
Burnaby Village is one of three main venues where the City of Burnaby celebrates Canada Day. The others are the Edmonds Community Centre and Swangard Stadium. Click Canada Day in Burnaby for details about what happens at each location.
The performance and activity schedule for July 1st in 2019 was the following:
- 11:00 am – Coastal Wolf Pack
- 11:15 am – Rene Hugo Sanchez & Friends
- 11:45 am – Académie Duello
- 1:00 pm – Tian-Jin Temple
- 1:00 pm – Académie Duello
- 1:45 pm – Piper Jim Leonard
- 2:15 pm – Rene Hugo Sanchez & Friends
- 2:30 pm – Académie Duello
- 2:45 pm – Ginalina
- 12:45 pm – Khac Chi Bamboo Music and the Squares Barbershop Quartet
- 2:20 pm – Canada Day mini cupcakes
- 3:45 pm – Rene Hugo Sanchez & Friends
For more information about July 1st celebrations at the museum click Burnaby Village on Canada Day.
Burnaby Village on BC Day
On the Holiday Monday of the BC Day Long Weekend Burnaby Village Museum hosts a day of free family-friendly activities.
The activity schedule for August 5th in 2019 was the following. If the place is open in 2020, we expect details to be similar.
- 11:30 am – Foam Axe Throwing Activity (in the Meadow)
- 12:30 pm – Music with the Limerick Lasses (in the Bandstand)
- 1:00 pm – Lumberjack Show (in the Meadow)
- 2:00 pm – Log Rolling Event (in the Meadow)
- 2:15 pm – Music with the Limerick Lasses (in the Bandstand)
- 2:30 pm – Foam Axe Throwing Activity (in the Meadow)
In addition to the above and running all day (from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm), games of skill for kids took place behind the Seaforth School and art activities happened in front of the Post Office.
Burnaby Village on Labour Day
On the Holiday Monday of the September Long Weekend Burnaby Village Museum celebrates its final day of the summer season by hosting a day of free activities and entertainment.
Extra things happening on Labour Day in 2019 included the following. We expect 2020 details to be similar.
- Across the Pacific Exhibit – stories about Burnaby’s Chinese-Canadian community at the Stride Studios
- Labour Scavenger Hunt Activity – a fun activity for children put on by the Canadian Union of Public Employees. See the CUPE 23 tent for details.
- Gardener-in-Residence – a gardener is on site in the orchard to answer garden-related questions.
- Working People Documentary – a film about people and labour from the past runs in the Central Park Theatre.
- Free Carousel Rides – these usually cost close to $3 per ride, but not on Labour Day. Thanks to the #23 branch of CUPE you can enjoy a carousel ride on the day for free.
- Miniature Train Display – the TraiNgang have displays set up for visitors to enjoy in the Carousel Activity Room.
- Artisan Demonstrations – there are quilters at the Real Estate office, a blacksmith at the Wagner Blacksmith Shop, a barber at the McKay Barbershop and printing going on in the Burnaby Post building.
The above activities run off and on for most of the day. Family-friendly carnival-style games also take place in the Meadow between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm.
Entertainment also took place on the Holiday Monday in 2019at the following times. 2020 details will likely be comparable.
- 11:00 am – Matt Henry’s Juggling Show (in the Meadow)
- 11:30 am – Music by Celtic Lasses (on the Vorce Stage)
- 12:15 pm – Matt Henry’s Juggling Show (in the Meadow)
- 12:45 pm – Music with Jack Ray (on the Vorce Stage)
- 1:30 pm – Matt Henry’s Juggling Show (in the Meadow)
- 2:00 pm – Music by Celtic Lasses (on the Vorce Stage)
- 3:00 pm – Music with Jack Ray (on the Vorce Stage)
- 3:30 pm – Matt Henry’s Juggling Show (in the Meadow)
See the Burnaby Village Museum website for more details about the Labour Day event.
Burnaby Village at Halloween
In late October Burnaby Village celebrates the Halloween season with its Haunted Village from 6:00 to 9:00 pm each day.
The Haunted Village is a family-friendly event with trick-or-treating, live entertainment and carousel rides with an admission price of about $14 for adults, seniors and youth, and around $9 for children 2 to 9 years of age.
Most years the Haunted Village takes place during the three or four evenings leading up to Halloween.
Click Haunted Village for more details.
Burnaby Village at Christmas
Burnaby Village is also open for its Heritage Christmas special event over the December holiday season, at which time general admission again becomes free – making it one of the best-value Christmas deals in Metro Vancouver.
Heritage Christmas runs most years from late November until the first couple of days in January. In 2019 the dates were November 23rd until January 3rd (2020).
Click Heritage Christmas for more details
Burnaby Village on Other Special Occasions
In addition to the summer and at Halloween and Christmas, Burnaby Village is also open on a few other occasions at various times over the course of the year.
For example, the place opens up its carousel rides (but not other parts of the museum) over the Family Day stat holiday in February.
Tips and Suggestions
Below are some things to know to help you make the most out of your visit to the Burnaby Village Museum.
TIP #1: Parking is limited, but there is parking up the street if you can’t find any in the main parking lot.
TIP #2: The Burnaby Village Museum is located at the edge of beautiful Deer Lake Park which makes a great destination to combine with the museum and a back-up place to find parking.
TIP #3: The site is wheelchair accessible for the most part – not all the buildings are, but enough to make it worth the visit.
For more information about the outdoor museum, check out the Burnaby Village website.
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