Secwepemc Museum & Heritage Park

Secwepemc Museum & Heritage Park, Kamloops: Hours, Address, Secwepemc Museum & Heritage Park Reviews: 4/5

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Secwepemc Museum & Heritage Park

Secwepemc Museum & Heritage Park
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The Secwepemc Museum & Heritage Park is located along the banks of the beautiful South Thompson River. The Secwepemc Museum & Heritage Park consists of both an inside and outside viewing experience for visitors. The tour of the museum offers a rich history of the life of the Secwepemc people. Once inside the museum visitors can view "The Land of the Secwepemc" DVD, and can then immerse themselves in the beautiful artefacts and displays within the four galleries that are offered.Afterwards, the Heritage park offers a trail of over a kilometre of archaeological remains of a 2,000 year old Secwepemc winter village. The winter village consists of 1 reconstructed winter pit-houses, and summer tule mat lodges which feature various unique food preparation structures. In addition; for viewing pleasure, is one of Kamloops Marshes that is filled with beautiful wildlife and visitors may even be able to get a glimpse of the Coyote (Skelep) and her pups that are currently living in the area.
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Donovan M
Regina, Canada13 contributions
A lot of History
Jul 2019
Travelers should be aware that admission to this museum is cash or debit only, no credit cards. The indoor exhibit goes into quite a lot of detail about the Kamploops Indian Residential School. But there is also information about all of the bands of the Secwépemc land. Be sure to take time to wander the outdoor trails to learn about pithouses. There is much history, and much spirituality if a person stops to listen. Respect notices when there are bears in the area.
Written December 2, 2019
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keanetracie
Nidda, Germany17 contributions
Cultural Must-See
Jul 2019
I visited here while doing a road trip in Canada, from Vancouver to the Banff, and back again.
I loved Kamloops from the first time we visited the town. Real name is Tk'əmlúps, which shows how proud they are of their First Nations culture and how strong it is here. For me, this museum was a must see. It gave a great insight into the history and culture of the First Nations people and how they live in the 21st century.
Add this to your list to get a real experience of the lives of this wonderful culture, the foundations of the Americas, before Europe got there.
Written September 4, 2019
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0zatlarge
Huddersfield, UK100 contributions
Really wanted to see but closed on weekends ??
Jun 2019 • Couples
Had the Secwepemc Museum marked down as a place we wanted to visit while in Kamloops - we were very disappointed to find it wasn't open on weekends and we were only in town Saturday & Sunday. If you want more people to attend to learn about the history & culture of the Secwepemc you really must consider opening on a weekend - if only for limited hours. Three visitors (and donations) lost .....
Written July 31, 2019
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sparky99_132018
Barbados44 contributions
Informative visit
Jun 2019 • Friends
Really enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about the heritage and culture of the First Nations people. For me , it was worth visiting but I would be reluctant to recommend it. If is very small and they were busy with two school groups and pretty much ignored us. They are not really set up for tourists visiting.
Written June 5, 2019
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Karen L
Lake Country, Canada16 contributions
very good history of local occurences
Sep 2018
a variety of visual and physical exhibits,chronological and detailed history laid out in such a way that a clear picture was formed of these events

Written October 2, 2018
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YVR_Road_Tripper
Vancouver, Canada22 contributions
Fascinating insights into the Secwepemc Culture
Aug 2018 • Business
An extensive collection of artifacts and information on the Indigenous people of the Kamloops area. Includes outdoor park area with reconstructed pit houses. Not open weekends, so plan to go midweek.
Written September 7, 2018
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Sarah N
Revelstoke, Canada13 contributions
There is nothing more worthy of your time
Jun 2018 • Business
As a teacher and parent I have done the tour of this residential school three times and it is exceptional. The site is very, very special and something I believe everyone would benefit and learn from. I can't use the word enjoy obviously, the topic is so tragic. Cultural genocide is what is being documented at the Secwepemc Museum, but it is done so in a sensitive way. The tour guides are really thoughtful and kind people. Most Canadians have never had a personal interaction with a native person. Imagine that. This is the perfect place to do so. I highly recommend a tour.
Written June 21, 2018
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Sally L
Fraser Lake, Canada10 contributions
Museum and Park
Mar 2018 • Solo
I found the museum very interesting since I am First Nations and like to learn of the customs of all people from different spots in our beautiful world. I totally enjoyed walking on the path and imagining what it was like 50 to 100 years ago.
Written May 27, 2018
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Paul H
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Great insight into history and culture of the Secwepemc people
May 2018 • Friends
Having visited the Secwepemc Museum some years ago when it first opened, I was pleasantly surprised by the new cultural exhibits, but what particularly impressed me were the insightful comments of our tour guide Sabrina, who really brought the two tours I participated to life. I strongly recommend coming with a group and arranging for a staff member to guide the group on a visit of the museum and heritage park.
Written May 25, 2018
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387ruth
Burnaby, Canada1 contribution
Everyone should know about this!
May 2018 • Friends
Our group went on both of the 1 1/2 hour tours offered - the Residential School Tour and the Pre-Contact Tour. I was deeply impressed by the depth of knowledge of our guide Sabrina, and her honesty in communicating about the more difficult aspects of the Residential School experience.
Written May 24, 2018
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