Built in the early 1900s, the Mackin House Museum is a historic house located about 25 kms from Vancouver. It’s across the street from Mackin Park in Coquitlam.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENT
In 2024, to celebrate Black History Month, a free event takes place at Mackin House on Saturday, February 24th. On that day, between noon and 3:00 pm, there are child-friendly activities as well as African music and food at the historic site. For details, click Black History Month Celebration.
Mackin House in Coquitlam
Mackin House is located in Coquitlam’s historic Maillardville neighbourhood at 1116 Brunette Avenue. The house is across the street from Mackin Park, which hosts the Festival du Bois in the spring. The building is also next door to Place des Arts, the arts centre that offers performing and visual arts programs and classes.
Mackin House was home to the General Manager of Fraser Mills, which, at the time, was the largest mill of its kind in the British Empire.
Expect to spend between 10 and 30 minutes at Mackin House. It’s a great place to visit after enjoying the Festival du Bois or on your way somewhere else, like to IKEA just down the way. The house is an interesting place to visit while you’re in Coquitlam.
The museum features a few exhibits each year. Looking Back Coquitlam Heritage 40th Anniversary Exhibit starts on March 4th, 2024, and runs until August 30th. This exhibit celebrates Coquitlam Heritage Society’s 40th anniversary. The Society set up shop in the basement at Mackin House in 1993. Visitors to Mackin House during the exhibit can browse the variety of displays that showcase the Society’s and the community’s history.
Mackin House is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. On Thursdays, the house is open from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm and on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Mackin House is closed Sundays, Mondays and statutory holidays, except on Sundays in the summer when it’s open from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Admission is by donation. (Note: Hour of operation might change. So check the museum’s website before going to confirm details.)
To learn more about Mackin House, see the Coquitlam Heritage Society website.
For a list of other places like Mackin House in the Lower Mainland, check out Vancouver’s Best Places for History and Culture.
If you like history, heritage buildings and places like Mackin House, other venues you’ll probably also enjoy include the following:
- Roedde House in Vancouver’s West End
- London Heritage Farm in Richmond
- Stewart Farm in South Surrey
- Haney House in Maple Ridge
- Kilby Historic Site in Harrison Mills
- Old Hastings Mill Store Museum in Vancouver near Jericho Beach