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Secwepemc Museum & Heritage Park

200-330 Chief Alex Thomas Way, Kamloops, British Columbia V2H 1H1, Canada
+1 250-828-9749
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Residential School - an unfortunate truth. Very moving museum

We had a First Nation's guide who had lived through the sad personal experience of being the child... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
EKW50
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Marlborough MA
Historically & Culturally Significant Site

Our guide was very knowledgeable and shared personal experiences regarding the impact of the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Joseph C
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Diriamba, Nicaragua
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The Secwepemc Museum & Heritage Park is located along the banks of the beautiful South Thompson River. The Secwepemc Museum & Heritage Park consists of both an inside and outside viewing experience for visitors. The tour of the museum offers a rich history of the life of the Secwepemc people. Once inside the museum visitors can view "The Land of the Secwepemc" DVD, and can then immerse themselves in the beautiful artefacts and displays within the four galleries that are offered.Afterwards, the Heritage park offers a trail of over a kilometre of archaeological remains of a 2,000 year old Secwepemc winter village. The winter village consists of 1 reconstructed winter pit-houses, and summer tule mat lodges which feature various unique food preparation structures. In addition; for viewing pleasure, is one of Kamloops Marshes that is filled with beautiful wildlife and visitors may even be able to get a glimpse of the Coyote (Skelep) and her pups that are currently living in the area.
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200-330 Chief Alex Thomas Way, Kamloops, British Columbia V2H 1H1, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We had a First Nation's guide who had lived through the sad personal experience of being the child and grandchild of women who had gone to a residential school such as the one here. She described how the detestable attempt to squelch their culture led...More

Thank EKW50
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our guide was very knowledgeable and shared personal experiences regarding the impact of the residential/industrial school. Didn't have time to go through the whole museum because of time constraints. This is a part of Canada's recent dark past and the Catholic church's involvement in child...More

Thank Joseph C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a shame to discover that the outdoor heritage park was closed due to bears (although somewhat novel to read the advisory signs). However, our visit was enjoyable and quite moving in many ways. A 20 minute video introduces the history of the Residential...More

Thank SisPerth
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Good place to visit. They have a park (good for a picnic). Closed during lunch hour good exhibition They offer a family rate

Thank Sonia G
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

This is a must see place for anyone wanting too learn the cultural of the indigenous people that have live there. My grandfather was in the residential school that was there. It was a real eye opener to see were he had been.

Thank Gary K
Reviewed 2 September 2017

An informing place to get more information about the culture from the past and how this evolved. Unfortunately the park was closed due to a bear in the park.

Thank DOBA_83
Reviewed 14 August 2017

Not a lot to see, but the artefacts are interesting - clothing, canoe etc. It is handicap friendly. Many posters to read and many pictures of Indian chiefs who livet in the area.

Thank PiaP2
Reviewed 28 July 2017

We had an excellent guide and learned quite a lot about the early days of the Secwepemc. It was a real eye opener. Several artifacts highlight what life was like on the reservations. This place is supported by donations, and does a great job for...More

Thank Hiker1942
Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

We had a great job in finding this museum, the sat nav didn't recognise the address or zip code.... but we eventually found it. A small museum at low cost admission was very interesting. Staff very pleasant.

Thank Sue R
Reviewed 21 June 2017

I spent a happy two hours engaged in this museum. There are meaningful historic displays of the First Nation culture and its story. I found it extremely well laid-out, informative, and interesting. I'd highly recommend a visit by travellers and by students living in the...More

Thank goin4luxury
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