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

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incredibly rich and detailed kit that explores the life of the Chinese immigrants that came to BC through graffitti and historical documents.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 Animal Tracking 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. 5 student minimum, 30 student maximum.


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 25 students. Available Wednesdays through Fridays.

Forces: Students learn about forces that makethings move (push, pull, gravity, friction) 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.

Energy: Students learn about different forms of energy, and how energy is transformed. Students are challenged to make a toy car move using at least one form of energy.

Hydraulics: Students learn about how hydraulics work to make our  lives easier. Students are challenged to create a hydraulic machine using the Museum's hydraulic kits that include syringes, vinyl tubing and water.

Geology: Students learn about the rock cycle and local geology, including the Okanagan Valley fault. Students are challenged to build an earthquake-resistant building, and
test it on the Museum's Earthquake


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 5 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 Museum Tour - Have an experienced staff member or volunteer show you around the permanent gallery and tell you the stories behind the artifacts. Ask lots of questions! Suitable for groups of up to about 25 people. Cost is $3 per person, please book at least 3 days in advance! 250-490-2454

Guided Behind the Scenes Museum Tour - Have an experienced staff member show you the behind the scenes activities in the Museum & Archives' collections. What does it take to take care and preserve objects and documents of the past for generations of the future. Suitable for groups of up to about 25 people. Cost is $3 per person, please book at least 3 days in advance! 250-490-2454

Special Programs and Workshops

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

Writing Your Story
Everyone has a story to tell. Try your hand at writing yoru stories down and keeping history alive for future generations. This beginner's writing workshop is for people who have thought about writing and want to try it and have fun doing it! We supply pen, paper and inspiration from items found in the Penticton Museum & Archives. Laptops are welcome if their batteries are charged.

16 years and older
Tuesday, October 9, 16 and 23, 9:30-11:30 am
Penticton Archives
Cost $25
To register, please contact the Community Centre 250-490-2426.

Adult and Family Programs

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

NEW! Playtime at the Museum (Family)

Toddlers explore their world through play. Learn how children learn as you and your toddler play together at the Museum. All sessions include hands-on activities for toddlers following using Montessori and Reggio learning philosophies as a guide. Recommended ages 2-5 years. Drop-in. No registration required.

Penticton Museum in the Hands-on Heritage Lab
Second Thursday of the month, September to April, inclusive, 10:00-11:00 am
Suggested donation $2 per child. Drop-in. No registration required.


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 $2 per child.






Sept. 15 Science   Jan. 19 Natural

Oct. 20

   Feb. 16  History
Nov. 17 History    Mar. 16  Science
Dec. 15 Science    Apr. 20 Natural


S.T.E.A.M. Powered Series (Tweens)

Get revved up about science with the S.T.E.A.M. Powered Series! A joint Museum/Library series of programs running from September to April. Intended to inspire tweens to explore different aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. This after-school program takes place on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Ages: 8-12 years.

After school on the fourth Wednesday of the month, September to April inclusive.
Details to be posted with each session on the Penticton Library website
Register online ( or come into the library for assistance with online registration
Cost: Free


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 2018 Season are as follows:

Date Speaker Topic/Title
Sept. 18 Karen
The History of Penticton High School
Sept. 25



Penticton Remembers:
36 Veteran Stories
from the South Okanagan
Oct. 2 Maurice
Franz Ferdinand
and the Okanagn Connection
Oct. 9



Fernie at War:

Internment History & Labour Heritage

in the Kootenays 1914-1919

Oct. 16 Bryn
South Okanagan Conservation Fund
Oct. 23



Greenland and Iceland

Oct. 30 Rick
A Quick Tour of Scotland
Nov. 6



History of Summerland

Ornamental Gardens

Nov. 13

The Man from

El Dorado

The Poetry of

Robert Service

Nov. 20



Three Lonely Bears:

Public Lands & Wildlife

Management in BC

Nov. 27 Gerald

Spring Migration of
Reverse Snowbirds

Dec. 4



Burrowing Owl

Conservation Society