Uncover history at the Okanagan Heritage Museum

Changes are coming to the museum as the permanent public gallery is given a major overhaul.

  • Jan. 21, 2016 4:00 p.m.

The Okanagan Heritage Museum is undergoing dynamic and ongoing renovations.

The transformation began last summer, and continues through 2016. Museums staff are overhauling the entire permanent gallery, creating a rare opportunity to watch exhibition creation in action.

This exciting transition period creates a sense of adventure for the intrepid museum visitor: every time you visit you will find impressive displays and compelling exhibits rearranged and repositioned as an entirely new floor plan unfolds. The mess and the mayhem provide the perfect environment to be immersed in adventure and exploration!

One of the major projects within this overhaul is the rebuilding of a traditional Okanagan Winter Home (pithouse) or Q’atchi, typical of the Syilx people.

Kelowna Museums felt fortunate to have an elder of the Okanagan Indian Band, Eric Mitchell, leading the project. Mitchell  is a skilled tradesman and was the builder of the large  Q’atchi at Komasket Park. He also teaches in the Indigenous Studies Program at UBCO.

Highly knowledgeable and proud of the wisdom of his culture, Mitchell brings a strong sense of authenticity, precision and good humour to this project.

The Okanagan Heritage Museum is located at 470 Queensway Ave. in downtown Kelowna, open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

Just Posted

Day of Remembrance honours road traffic victims

People killed or seriously injured on Canadian roads remembered Sunday in Kelowna

Community Leader Awards: Coach Dean Kennedy

Kelowna Capital News Leader of the Year series on those that give back to the community

Snowfall warning between Merritt and Hope

As much as 20 centimteres of the white stuff is expected along a stretch of the Coquhialla

Double book launch in Kelowna

Authors Sharon Thesen and Erin Moure read from their new works Thursday at library

Westbank Opry announces Christmas show

West Kelowna music fans are encouraged to bring a food donation to help the less fortunate

Drones used in search for clues about missing women

A volunteer search party was supported by professional drone operators

‘An officer and a gentleman’: Const. John Davidson is laid to rest

Thousands attend memorial service for slain Abbotsford Police officer

Making a difference at Okanagan Boys and Girls Club

Kelowna company president rolls up sleeves with local organization

VIDEO: Coquihalla closed both directions near Merritt

Detours are available via Hwy. 8 and Hwy. 1

VIDEO: The Last Jedi is going to be the longest ‘Star Wars’ movie yet

Newest movie in the franchise will beat Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week.

PHOTOS: Procession and funeral for Const. John Davidson

Thousands attended celebration of life for Abbotsford police officer

B.C. Liberal leadership candidates debate different paths for party

Third debate held Sunday, Nov. 19 at Nanaimo’s Vancouver Island Conference Centre

Vernon poet makes poetry prize shortlist

He’s been involved with the craft since the ’70s, gaining recognition along the way

Most Read