The museum is transforming the way the community experiences North Vancouver’s stories. Stories are the threads that weave us together and form the fabric of the community. At MONOVA, you’ll find yourself drawn into landscapes you knew nothing about, meeting people from different eras, and contemplating what it all means for the present as we move towards our collective future.
In addition to being the new home of restored Streetcar 153, decades-long in completion, the Museum includes a powerful new cedar carving of Sch’ich’iyuy (The Two Sisters) by Sḵwx̱wú7mesh carver Wade Baker.
A section dedicated to Residential School survivors and their families is particularly poignant. A Welcome Circle showcasing local Indigenous culture of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Səl̓ ílwətaɬ Nations is a central feature of this area.
You can expect powerful stories of North Vancouver through high-quality exhibitions in the Permanent and Feature Galleries, exhibits at the Archives of North Vancouver in Lynn Valley, and mobile exhibits with partnering organizations. The Permanent Gallery will focus on the themes of Passion for Place, Connections, and Industry and Enterprise. The exhibits incorporate all of the senses and blend physical artifacts with digital content. The Feature Gallery offers temporary and travelling exhibits. There are also educational programs for K-12 students, and public programs for general audiences – on and off-site.
Features of the core exhibit gallery include:
● Touched by Nature, including an Amazing Animals display with discovery drawers designed for children to explore
● The changing face of outdoor recreation
● A Connections section exploring the many ways people are connected in our community
● Sports: past and present, including Olympic athletes
● Women in Wartime
● History of shipbuilding on the North Shore
● North Vancouver’s waterfront and port operations
● Innovative industries that took shape in North Vancouver
● Two hands-on learning zones for children