Experience the tumultuous lives of the gold seekers and railway men and envision the sternwheelers that ran up and down the waterways of the Okanagan. Explore fine displays of pioneer life, natural history, military artifacts and First Nations collections. The Penticton Museum holds over 8,000 artifacts, and the collection represents the life of the regions’ pioneers and First Nations people, as well as presenting natural, industrial and military history. The museum gift shop offers some great souvenirs and many books related to local history, natural history and the Kettle Valley Railway.
The Penticton Museum was established in 1954, when the city gave local collector R.N. Atkinson the use of the decommissioned sternwheeler S.S. Sicamous to house his private collection. A long-time Penticton resident and veteran of the First World War, Reg Atkinson collected militaria, native artefacts, firearms, and antiques since the early 1920s and had previously operated a private museum in his home. The R.N. Atkinson Temporary Gallery is named in honour of the Penticton Museum’s first curator, who passed away in 1973.
In 1965 the museum moved to its current location at the Penticton Community Art complex, which it continues to share with the Penticton Public Library.
The Penticton Museum strives to deliver professional and innovative exhibits, programs, archival services, and resources in order to coordinate heritage programming, both at the museum and within the City’s environs, with the goal of ensuring cultural and natural heritage management is a vital component in the development of Penticton’s physical identity and community character.
•Manager/Curator: Peter Ord
•Museum & Archives Assistant: Jeanne Boyle
The Penticton Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00am – 5:00pm.
Archives hours: Wednesday to Friday, 1:00 – 4:00pm.
The museum and archives is closed for all statutory holidays.
785 Main St, Penticton, BC V2A 5E3
Tel : (250) 490-2451
Fax (250) 490-2442
Admission is by donation.