The Maple Ridge Museum is a community-focused museum that showcases the culture, artifacts and history of the surrounding area.
Maple Ridge Museum & Community Archives
The Maple Ridge Museum contains exhibits that reflect the times between the arrival of early settlers to the region until now. It also has information about the local First Nations. The venue is managed by the Maple Ridge Historical Society which also manages the Haney House Museum.
Up until the mid-1980s, the museum resided in a corner of the Maple Ridge Library. After that it was relocated to the house of the former manager of the Port Haney Brick & Tile Company (which is where it remains today).
Location and Hours
The museum’s address is 22520 116th Avenue which is in Jim Hadgkiss Park close to the Fraser River in Maple Ridge.
As of early 2022, opening hours at the museum are on Thursday to Sunday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Guided tours are usually offered at those times throughout the year, as well as by appointment, and more frequently in the summer.
Admission to the museum is relatively inexpensive. In fact, since the outbreak of the pandemic it’s been by donation. Before that a visit cost just $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for children.
The Maple Ridge Museum houses both permanent and temporary collections. The permanent collection includes thousands of artifacts that have been donated by people in the community over the years.
Exhibits featured all the time include displays about the history of the area, the Haney Brick & Tile Company, early settlers, the Katzie First Nation and other topics. There is also information about logging, farming and blacksmithing.
The temporary gallery switches exhibits about twice a year. A recent exhibit was called the Sports Treasures of Maple Ridge.
It’s a small museum, but a good one. On the main floor are display cases with various artifacts. Downstairs is a model train village.
The museum hosts a number of events each year. Music on the Wharf, for example, features live music at Port Haney Wharf on a number of evenings in the summer. Admission to the outdoor concerts is by donation. Train Days also take place on the last Sunday of the month (although not while COVID-19 is still a problem).
To learn about what’s happening in the months ahead see the Museum’s Events Calendar.
Maple Ridge Museum Video
To get a good idea of what to expect at the museum, check out the following video. The video begins just outside the museum at the edge of Jim Hadgkiss Park.
As you’ll see in the video, it’s a small museum, but an interesting one. The building itself is the former home of the manager of the Port Haney Brick and Tile Company. Inside the museum there are three main rooms upstairs. In them you’ll find display cases full of artifacts. You’ll also see a few pieces of antique furniture and farm tools. Downstairs is where you’ll find the model train displays.
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Places that are similar to this museum elsewhere in the Lower Mainland include the following historic sites:
- Kilby Historic Site (in Harrison Mills in the Fraser Valley)
- London Heritage Farm (in Richmond not far from Steveston Village)
- Mackin House Museum (in Coquitlam)
- Old Hastings Mill Store (in Vancouver)
- Roedde House Museum (in Vancouver’s West End)
- Stewart Farm (in South Surrey near Crescent Beach)