Museum

The Vernon Museum

From its humble beginnings, the Vernon Museum now occupies over 12,000 square feet of space and attracts thousands of visitors each year. The legacy left to us by William Pound, David Howrie and Charlie Haines are still clearly visible in the natural history corner of the museum where William Pound’s animal mounts are still on display in the cases built by Charlie Haines.

Eleven permanent exhibition areas at the Vernon Museum guide visitors through the human and natural history of the North Okanagan region through a series of chronological displays.

  • The Ice Age
  • The Interior Salish
  • Pioneer Settlement
  • The Metamorphosis of Vernon
  • A Spate of Building
  • Growing the Big Apple
  • Main Street
  • Anyone’s House
  • Natural History Corner
  • Allan Brooks Gallery
  • The North Okanagan’s Military History

The Archives

The Archives at the Vernon Museum has the distinction of being among the most respected research facilities in the province. Each year, well in excess of 700 research inquiries from individuals in the province and many other parts of the country come through our archives. A full time archivist manages the department. The purpose of the archives is to acquire and preserve material of archival and/or informational value to the North Okanagan and to make such material available to the public by employing accepted archival practices.

The Vernon Museum and Archives is operated independently from the City of Vernon.