There are a number of museums in Kelowna, all well-worthy of a visit.

  • Okanagan Heritage Museum -- musem collections feature exhibitions that center on the Kelowna region. A large portion of the collections deal primarily with First Nation artifacts along with artifacts from other cultures, including those from Central and South America, Asia, Oceania, and Africa. The Kelowna Museum is located at 470 Queensway Avenue on the corner of Ellis and Queensway. The museum is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
  • British Columbia Orchard Industry Museum -- museum collections focus on the area's fruit orchard industry, and includes exhibits on all aspects of the fruit industry, including picking, packing, processing, and marketing the valley's orchard products. The BC Orchard Industry Museum is located at 1304 Ellis Street. inside the Laurel Packinghouse. The museum is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
  • British Columbia Wine Museum & VQA Wine Shop -- on a similar vein (branch?), the BC Wine Museum includes exhibits on the area's wine industry. In addition, there is a VQA wine shop located adjacent to the mueum, which features daily tastings along with hundreds of BC VQA wines available for purchase. (VQA stands for Vintners Quality Alliance, and is Canada's counterpart to France's AOC, Italy's DOCG, and Germany's QmP.) The BC Wine Museum is located at 1304 Ellis Street, in the same building as the Orchard Industry Museum. The museum is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
  • Okanagan Military Museum -- museum exhibits center on the region's military history, including displays of artifacts such as miltary equipment, uniforms, medals, archival photographs, and an extensive collection of firearms. The Okanagan Military Museum is located at 1424 Ellis Street. The museum is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (During the summer, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday). Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.