The Penticton Museum is proud to offer a variety of programs seasonally and year-round! If you would like to participate in any of the following programs, please call 250-490-2454 for availability and up-to-date info on changes is schedules.

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Artifact Packs (School, groups, and families)

Educational Programs (Schools and groups)


Special Programs

Adult and Family Programs

Artifact Packs

Perfect for classes that can't make it out to the Museum in person, Artifact Packs are a full program in a box complete with touchable artifacts, interpretation, activities, and resources for the teacher. There are two ways to use the kits: Sign it out for $15 for up to a week at a time (you can renew if you need more time, provided it has not been booked by other educators!), OR you can have a Museum staff person bring the kit to your classroom to present the materials and introduce the kit for $2 per student. Book now by calling 250-490-2454.

"Writing On the Wall" - Chinese Immigration in BC

NEW from the Royal BC Museum, Penticton is very lucky to host this incredibly rich and detailed kit that explores the life of the Chinese immigrants that came to BC through graffitti and historical documents. It utilizes the "Big Six" approach to learning to help students explore the archival materials, artifacts, and activities contained within the kit and online. The result is an experiential journey of extracting information from primary sources and incorporating that into the student's knowledge base.


Penticton Pioneers

This original Artifact pack was developed specifically to highlight the challenges and opportunities that faced European settlers that came to this area. It covers the local history from first contact with the Okanagan First Nations, right through to Tom Ellis and the settlement of Penticton, and continues on to the First World War. It contains artifacts that illustrate the life of pioneers and invites critical thinking through artifact exploration. The pack includes photos of early Penticton, a copy of Tom Ellis's actual diary from 1865, worksheets, classroom and small group activities, and suggested reading and resources.


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Educational Programs

In-Museum: The Penticton Museum & Archives has many program opportunities to help you meet the objectives of the new curriculum. We have programming in the museum which covers local topics such as:

People History Natural History Science
S’yilx on the Land Okanagan Plants and Animals The Solar System
The Fur Brigade Trail Animal Adaptations Forces and Simple Machines
Penticton Settlers Birding Basics Local Geology
Penticton’s Early Transportation Changing Seasons Amazing Insects




 These programs are developed and delivered by our educator, Chandra Wong, a trained science and math teacher with a background in art. She uses hands-on and place-based learning that your students will enjoy.

All of the programs listed are suitable for grades K-12 and are about one hour long. Each program can be adapted for length or ability of the group. Contact Chandra with any questions or program ideas you might have.

We will continue our SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL rate of $25 per in-museum program. Book early. Programs are delivered on Wednesdays through Fridays. 10 student minimum, 30 student maximum. Supervisors are always free.

The S.T.E.A.M. Lab

In-Museum or In your class: Explore science and technology principles with hands-on activities in the Museum or in your class. Cost: $40 per program. Length: 1.5-2 hours. Minimum 10 students. Maximum 30 students. Available Wednesdays through Fridays.

Forces: Students learn about forces

(push, pull, gravity, friction) that make

things move through hands-on activities,

like making paper airplanes or

marble tracks.

Chemistry: Students learn about

phases of matter (solid, liquid, gas)

or acids and bases through hands-

on actvities using everyday

chemicals found in a kitchen.

Engineering: Students learn about

the principles of engineering design

through hands-on designing with

Keva blocks.


Outdoor Programs

Visit and explore local ecosystems with a trained biologist. Students will learn about Okanagan plants and animals.
Cost: $52.50 per program. Length: 2 hours. Minimum 10 students. Maximum 25 students. Available Wednesdays through Fridays.


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Self-Guided Tour (by donation) - Check out the museum at your own leisure anytime, Tues-sat 10am-5pm.
Check out our exhibits page to see what's new!

Guided Tour - Have an experienced staff member or volunteer show you around the permanent galleries and tell you the stories behind the artifacts. Ask lots of questions! Suitable for groups of up to about 25 people. Cost is $2 per person, please book at least 3 days in advance!

Special Programs and Workshops

Check out what's new and current by clicking here and looking in the Penticton RECreation Guide.

Adult and Family Programs

*Seasonal Program - call 250-490-2454 for information

* NEW! Saturday Mornings at the Museum (Family)

Bring your family down to the Museum to join us for a fun-filled hour exploring a mix of topics on local history, science, and the natural world. All activities include hands-on activities for children 5-8 years old with parental supervision. Older and younger siblings are welcome. Suggested donation $1 per person.

Date Theme Topic
Sept. 16 Science Bridges

Oct. 21

Natural World Salmon
Nov. 18 History Trains
Dec. 16 Science Earthquakes
Jan. 20 Natural World



Feb. 17 History



Mar. 17 Science



Apr. 21 Natural World




* Brown Bag Lecture (Adult)

The Brown Bag Lecture Series is held every Tuesday at lunchtime (noon to 1pm) from September to April. Each week a guest lecturer speaks about a subject in their area of expertise. Topics range from local history to travel, culture, and natural history. Everyone is welcome to bring their lunches with them, and coffee, tea, and confections are provided. Admission is by recommended donation of $2 per adult and $1 for children. 

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 Our current presenters for the Fall 2017 Season are as follows:

Date Speaker Topic/Title
Jan. 9



The Magic of Puppetry:

Exploring an Ancient Art Form

Jan. 16



En’owkin Centre’s ECOmmunity

Place & Locatee Lands

Jan. 23



Canoeing Canada 150
Jan. 30



Beguinages of

Northwestern Europe

Feb. 6 Kathy Miller

The Art and History

of Flamenco Dance

Feb. 13



Dry Weather


Feb. 20 Don Munro Forestry in BC:
Why Have We Ended Up Like This?
Feb. 27



Iceland: Around the Island in 10 Days
Mar. 6



A English Matriarch Visits

the Similkameen in the 1890s

Mar. 13



40 years of Penticton’s History

through a TV Camera’s Lens

Mar. 20



Substance Use, Addictions

and the Opioid Crisis in Penticton

Mar. 27



Climate Change Effects
Apr. 3 Dan Albas

Municipal elections: How to prepare

and campaign to win

Apr. 10



The Appreciative Eye of a

Nature Photographer

Apr. 17



The Klondike Goldrush