Museum

Hours of Operation

Winter
Thursday 1:00pm – 4:00pm - General Store only
Sunday 1:00pm – 4:00pm - General Store and Hoffmann Shop

Summer
Wednesday to Sunday – 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Additional hours for research visits and tours and can be arranged by calling 604-465-4322.

The Pitt Meadows Museum and Archives is located in the Old General Store building on Harris Road. The main part of the building dates to the 1880's and was moved from its original location near Herring Road to its present site in 1908.

The building housed Pitt Meadows' first post office (in use to 1944) and one of its earliest stores (in use until 1931). After 1931 the building was used primarily as a residence and received municipal heritage status in 1988.

By the mid 1990s the building was vacant and had fallen into a state of disrepair. It was purchased in 1997 by the City of Pitt Meadows, and, after eight months of restoration, the Pitt Meadows Heritage & Museum Society became its new tenant.

Artifacts relating to the pioneer and agricultural history of the community are located on the first floor of the Museum, with offices, work and storage areas and a small community archives and reference library located on the upper floor.

Archives

The Museum maintains a small community archives with holdings that consist of documents created by the municipal government from the 1930s to the 1970s. These documents are primarily records created by the finance department and are not a complete collection.

Other documents include those created by the Pitt Meadows School District from 1912 to 1945, containing correspondence, minutes, and financial records. As well, there are records of various community groups, businesses and families that reflect the social, cultural, and economic life of the community from the 1880s.

Other holdings consist of 49 maps, 1000 photographic images, an oral history collection, and research files with clippings, stories, and other copied material relating to the history of Pitt Meadows and surrounding areas.

Hoffman & Son Ltd.

In October 1999, Hoffmann & Son Ltd. and the Pitt Meadows Heritage & Museum Society completed the donation of the property, buildings and collection that comprise the Hoffmann & Son machine shop and ditching business. This property has been in continuous use as a business since the 1920s with the present building dating to 1936.

Programs & Events

Events
April - Pitt Meadows Heritage & Museum Society Annual Heritage Tea
June - Pitt Meadows Day Open House and programs, and a vintage engine display at the Hoffmann & Son shop site.

Programs

Heritage Thursdays
During July and August, the Museum runs its Heritage Thursdays craft sessions for children. These 2 hour camps are designed for children between the ages of 6 and 10, and introduce them to a variety of crafts and activities both old and new. Organized and run by the Museum's summer students since 1996, the camps explore a variety of activities such as candlemaking and tie-dying.

School and Group Programs

The Museum offers a variety of school and group programs throughout the year. For more information contact the Museum at 604-465-4322 or at mailto:pittmeadowsmuseum@telus.net

Publications

Historical Story of Pitt Meadows by Edith McDermott (2007 reprint)
Pitt Meadows, Celebrating the History of Our Great City (2007)
Welcome to My Shop booklet
Welcome to My Store booklet

Membership & Volunteers

The Pitt Meadows Heritage & Museum Society meets the second Wednesday of each month from September to June. Meetings take place at the General Store site. New members and people with an interest in the history of Pitt Meadows and area are always welcome.

The Museum draws on its membership, students, and other interested individuals for its volunteers. Volunteers are required at both sites of the Museum and, in particular for the Museum Society Board.