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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NEW! Artifact packs (school, groups, and families)

NEW! Still Life Saturdays (all ages)

Educational Programs (schools and groups)


Seasonal Programs

Adult and Family Programs

New! 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

BRAND 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incredibly rich and detailed kit that explores the life of the Chinese immigrants that came to BC through graffitti and historical documents.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.


Species at Risk: Yellow-Breasted Chat and Spadefoot Toad

Currently unavailable

These are compact and attractive MiniMuseums from the Royal BC Museum. Each contains information about a particular species at risk in the province of BC, activity, display, and online components at the Royal BC Museum's Learning Portal. We have them on rotation, so please call ahead for availability!




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 and Group Programs

The Penticton Museum & Archives has many program opportunities to help you meet the objectives of the new curriculum. We have programming which covers local topics like:

  • Culture of the Syilx, the local First People
  • Natural History of plants and animals of the Okanagan
  • Penticton’s history through hands on learning with the collection, photos, newspapers and other items to be found in the museum and archives
  • Various science topics, including the Solar System, Forces, and Simple Machines, just to name a few!

These programs are developed and delivered by our educator, Chandra Wong. Chandra is a trained science and math teacher witha background in art. She loves hands-on and place-based learning. Contact Chandra for any questions or program ideas you might have.

All of the programs listed are suitable for grades K-12 (except where noted), approximately 1 hour in length, and include a tour of the permanent exhibit, hands-on lecture/discussion, and time for students to explore the Museum at their leisure. Each program can be adapted for length or ability of the group. These programs are designed to be affordable and supplement classroom learning.

Rates are: $3 per student (10 student minimum, supervisors are always free).

The Syilx Story

This program starts with a story beginning over 10,000 years ago when archaeological records show that this valley was first occupied by people - the Syilx  First Nations. Through artifacts, we'll explore the daily life of the Syilxian people and culture. Approximately 200 years ago, that story changed dramatically when contact with European explorers and fur traders entered the scene and settled in the Valley. We'll discuss the impacts - intentional and unintentional - that European contact had on the people of the Okanagan and their culture.

Animal Adaptations

This program is an excellent introduction to the concepts of natural selection and evolution. We'll take a look at fossils and modern bones, discussing first how archaeologists observe features of fossilized skeletons of long-extinct animals and plants to get an idea of what that animal's life and environment were like millionsof years before its remains were uncovered. Through critical thinking and observation, we'll solve some modern-day mysteries with animal skulls and bird taxidermy about how animals adapt to their environment and speculate about what might happen when that environment changes.

Solar System and Beyond

This program is suitable for grade 2-5. Let's explore the solar system we live in - from our sun, to the planets and moons and other bodies occupying our tiny little corner of the galaxy. We'll explore our Solar System looking at the relative sizes of the sun and planets, identifying key features and discussing the historical and cultural aspects of the night sky and beyond.


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Still Life Saturdays

*Seasonal Program (Runs from September to April)

We'll be bringing out objects from our collection for artists to draw inspiration from - skulls, fun and funky clothing, tools and taxidermy, mysterious objects, and more. Fun for all ages, bring your own art supplies.

Our current schedule of themes is as follows.


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

Brown Bag Lecture

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 are as follows:

Date Speaker Topic/Title
Jan. 10 Chandra Wong

75 Years of the

Fort St. John Hospital

Jan. 17 Rick McKelvey

Penticton Oxbow

Conservation Update

Jan. 24

Bob Hayes &

Susan Campbell

Kelowna and District

Genealogical Society`s

Cemetary Project

Jan. 31 Dave Morgenstern

From Poland to Penticton:

An Immigrant`s Story from his

Son`s Perspective

Feb. 7 Mia Harris A Musical History of Opera
Feb. 14 Gary McDougall et al. Tales from the Penticton Archives
Feb. 21

Alison Roberts-Zschoke &

Arnd Zschoke

Paradise versus Reality: One

Family`s Experiences Living

on a Galapagos Island

Feb. 28 Harvey Quaame

Surveying the Field of

Climate Change Science
Mar. 7 Melissa Tesche

Updates in Sterile

Insect Release

Mar. 14 Chris Mathieson

Could They Make a Cheeseburger

100 Years Ago?

Mar. 21 TBA TBA
Mar. 28 Carol Munro

We Are What We See -

Reflections of an Artist`s

Childhood in the


Apr. 4 Yasmin John-Thorpe

Grandpa`s Gift: The Story of the
Canadians` WWI Battle to Win

Vimy Ridge

Apr. 11 Bob Mackay

The Canadian Forces Submarine:

The HMCS Okanagan