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)


Seasonal 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incredibly rich and detailed kit that explores the life of the Chinese immigrants that came to BC through graffitti and historical documents.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 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 min., 30 student max., 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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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

Mad Science Lab (Family)

Got a budding scientist or engineer in your family? Come to the Mad Science Lab, where we will experiment, tinker and create!
Recommended ages 8-11. Younger siblings welcome with supervision. Drop in. No registration required. Suggested donation $1.

Tuesdays 10 am - noon
Chemistry Things 1 & 2         July 11    Aug 1
Making Things Move 1 & 2    July 18    Aug 15
Invent for Good                        July 25    Aug 22

For more information contact 250-490-2454 or


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
Sept. 16 Science

Oct. 21

Natural World
Nov. 18 History
Dec. 16 Science
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
Sept. 12



Jaguar Cars' Evolution

and Development of the

Unique V8 Cooling System

Sept. 19



Scouting Penticton

Celebrates Canada 150

Sept. 26



History of Immigration

in the Okanagan Valley

Oct. 3



History of Chataqua

in Penticton

Oct. 10



Living with

Wild Sheep

Oct. 17

Gary Doi

et al.

Planning for

your Retirement
Oct. 24



The Role of Fire

in Forest Ecology
Oct. 31



Ghost Stories of

the Okanagan

Nov. 7



Beguinages of

Northwestern Europe

Nov. 14



The Cannings and the Munns:

Two Families' History in

the South Okanagan

Nov. 21 TBD TBD
Nov. 28 TBD TBD
Dec. 5 TBD TBD
Dec. 12 TBD TBD