The Maple Ridge Museum is a community-focused museum that showcases the culture, artifacts and history of the surrounding area.
VENUE STATUS & COVID-19
The same as other attractions in the Lower Mainland, the museum closed temporarily in the spring of last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. It reopened, however, in late July.
As of mid-April, 2021, the museum continues to be open on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 1:00 and 4:00 pm. Admission is currently free (or by donation). The nearby Haney House Museum, however, remains closed until further notice. Sunday Train Days are also not happening.
For the most up-to-date details about the status of the historical site, see the Museum of Maple Ridge‘s website.
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 2021 (so during the COVID-19 pandemic), opening hours at the museum are on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from 1:00 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. The last time we checked a visit cost $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for children. (Note: Since the outbreak of COVID-19 admission has been free. That will likely change, however, at some point.)
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.
Other articles that may be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver’s Best Indoor Activities
- Rainy Day Activities
- Best Places in Maple Ridge
- History and Culture in the Lower Mainland
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)