About the Museum

Museum History

The Penticton Museum was established in 1954, when the city gave local collector R.N. Atkinson the use of the decommissioned sternwheeler S.S. Sicamous to house his private collection.

A long-time Penticton resident and veteran of the First World War, Reg Atkinson collected militaria, native artefacts, firearms, and antiques since the early 1920s and had previously operated a private museum in his home. The R.N. Atkinson Temporary Gallery is named in honour of the Penticton Museum's first curator, who passed away in 1973.

In 1965 the museum moved to its current location at the Penticton Community Art complex, which it continues to share with the Penticton Public Library.


The Penticton Museum strives to deliver professional and innovative exhibits, programs, archival services, and resources in order to coordinate heritage programming, both at the museum and within the City's environs, with the goal of ensuring cultural and natural heritage management is a vital component in the development of Penticton's physical identity and community character.

Museum Staff

  • Manager/Curator: Dennis Oomen 
  • Museum Assistant: Chandra Wong 

The Penticton Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00am - 5:00pm.
The Archives are open Wednesday to Friday,10:00am - 5:00pm.

The museum and archives are closed for all statutory holidays.

785 Main Street,
Penticton, BC V2A 5E3
Tel : (250) 490-2451
Fax (250) 490-2442

Admission is by suggested donation
($2 for adults, $1 for children).