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North Vancouver’s MONOVA Museum

Museum of North Vancouver

Scheduled to open in 2021, the Museum of North Vancouver is a new North Shore museum that’s still under construction in Lower Lonsdale.

The original plan was for it to open in the fall of 2020. Because of COVID-19, however, completion of the museum got postponed until sometime in 2021. The exact opening date is to be confirmed, but it will likely be in the first half of the year.


Museum of North Vancouver in Lower Lonsdale

Located at 115 West Esplanade, so just steps from both Lonsdale Quay and the Shipyards District, MONOVA showcases the history of North Vancouver (or at least it will when it opens).

The place is set to showcase permanent collections of North Vancouver artifacts. It will also feature exhibits that change from time to time. Due to COVID-19, the museum may not be able to open exactly how it was planned to, as interactive activities will only be added and available when it is deemed safe to do so.

While the museum is preparing to open, the MONOVA website is offering free online exhibits for visitors to explore. The themes are all related to North Vancouver and they will likely be comparable to the kinds of exhibits inside the future bricks-and-mortar museum.


Hours and Admission

At the time of writing this article, MONOVA’s hours of operation and admission rates have yet to be determined. More details will likely be added in the first few months of 2021.


Museum Accessibility and Parking

Being in a new and modern building, the museum is very wheelchair accessible. Located close to Lonsdale Quay, it is  also convenient get to. The SeaBus and main bus terminal are just a 5-minute walk away.

If you drive to the museum you’ll find free parking on the surrounding streets (if you’re lucky and there’s a spot available). There is also pay parking at the Lonsdale Quay Public Market, at the nearby Pinnacle Hotel, in the ICBC parkade across the street, and underground at the Shipyards (which is about a 5-minute walk away).


Other Things to See and Do

Other places of interest near the Museum of North Vancouver include the following (all of which are within a 10-minute walk away):

Lots of events take place nearby too at different times of the year. Some take place at Lonsdale Quay, some at the Shipyards and some at nearby Waterfront Park. The Shipyards Night Market, for example, takes place on Friday evenings from May until September most years. Live music also often takes place at Shipbuilder’s Square on Saturday evenings in the summer.

For a list of other events and things to do in the area see our article about the City and District of North Vancouver.


Other Information

Visit the MONOVA website for more information about what to expect.

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