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Swedish Heritage in BC (Museum) – Everything You Need to Know

Swedish Heritage in BC Museum photos

We recently spent a delightful afternoon touring the Swedish Heritage in British Columbia museum.

And get this. We took our kids who also thoroughly enjoyed all the historical Swedish artifacts, furniture, photos and information.  

What is Swedish Heritage in BC?

It’s a museum whose goal is “to document and record the history of Swedes, and the people of Swedish heritage, who settled in BC and helped shape this province.”

As a place to visit, it’s a charming 1,000 sq. ft. museum located at 1812 Duthie Ave.  It’s a large, tastefully done room filled with all kinds of interesting Swedish artifacts, photographs, furniture, documents and write-ups about Swedes in British Columbia.

Where is Swedish Heritage in BC?

It’s located at 1812 Duthie Ave. in Burnaby, BC.  It’s in a large room that is part of the Swedish Canadian Manor.

I actually know a few of the people on the Swedish Heritage board. I know firsthand they’ve worked incredibly hard on a volunteer basis to make this museum a reality collecting all that they have and then display it as nicely as they have.
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Here are some photos of my tour

Swedish Heritage in BC sign

Upon entry, there’s a visitor desk with pamphlets and a guest sign-in book, which we of course signed.

Sign in guestbook at Swedish Heritage in BC

The space is filled with all kinds of interesting pieces and photos but is not cluttered.  

Entrance to the Swedish Heritage in BC Museum

Some of the finest artifacts are on display in large display cases

To the right upon entry is my favorite section featuring an impressive antique chair that was used in a lodge.  Past the chair are several display cases with all kinds of interesting artifacts, photos and write-ups.

Display cases and antique lodge chair at the Swedish Heritage in BC

Angique lodge chair in the Swedish Heritage in BC Museum

Swedish dinner place-setting at the Swedish Heritage in BC

Wood sculpture at the Swedish Heritage in BC Museum

Display case with old photos and historic Swedish footwear at the Swedish Heritage in BC Museum

Large glass display case at the Swedish Heritage in BC

In the middle of the room is a very popular display case showcasing historic Swedish coins, including fascinating coin plates.

Old Swedish coins on display at the Swedish Heritage in BC Museum

At the other end of the museum is another display case, antique chairs (which you can sit on) and a slideshow of “Swedes in BC” photos.  

Viewing area in the Swedish Heritage in BC museum

Worth a visit?

Yes, it’s absolutely worth a visit.  The collection of artifacts and fascinating write-ups and photos will give you a great appreciation for a cohort of people who helped shape British Columbia as it is today.  I’m not of Swedish heritage yet found the visit very interesting.

The folks who volunteer during open hours are a wealth of knowledge as well. They’re friendly and are happy to show you around and answer any questions you have.

Also, the Burnaby Village Museum is only a few minutes away and is also a fun historic museum to visit (our kids also love that outing).

Just be sure to check their website for hours before you go because it’s not open every day.