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Address: 1000 Rancher Creek Rd | Nk'Mip Resort, Osoyoos, British Columbia V0H 1V0, Canada
Phone Number: 250-495-7901
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The Nk’mip Desert Cultural Centre is a 9,000 square-foot interpretive...

The Nk’mip Desert Cultural Centre is a 9,000 square-foot interpretive centre that exhibits 2 films, the Inkameep Day School Art Collection, indoor and outdoor interactive exhibits, a 1.5 km walking trail, and reconstructed traditional Okanagan village, and (visitor favourite) interpreter hosted programs which boast a fun filled experience for all ages! The centre is also an architectural marvel, and was built from local, sustainable materials.

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There is life out there isn the desert

An accidental tourist, when you have the time and you see the sign, go for it. Most amazing, being a rain forest dweller this gave us a new perspective on our own province

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Victoria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

An accidental tourist, when you have the time and you see the sign, go for it. Most amazing, being a rain forest dweller this gave us a new perspective on our own province

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Calgary, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Unless you have time to spend I would not make a special trip to the centre. There are some displays, the space is small and not very interesting. Other than the videos everything is static.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The stunning architecture with the feature rammed earth wall somehow blends into the desert environment. Don't expect a bells and whistles show but rather enjoy the small but well done indoor displays and audio- video presentations and the iron art work outdoors then take a walk into the desert with cliffs behind and the distant lake in front. The staff... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My son and I visited here whilst staying at the resort. We found it fascinating and enlightening. We loved the snake talk and found the guy who gave the talk and the woman who wrangled the rattler very engaging. We would have really loved to go on some of the hikes from the centre but it was searingly hot so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This place offers a good early history of the area. We watched a film and a demonstration of the 6 snakes from the region. The young man who gave the talk was excellent. The centre is a lovely building. There are hikes from the centre through the desert-like landscape, but it was far too hot in August for us to... More 

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Abbotsford, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We heard there was a Rattlesnake show at this Cultural Centre and immediately thought the kids would be interested. We have a 7 yr old, a 6 yr old and a 3 yr old... obviously the 3 yr old is not so interested in hearing a seminar of any kind but I ended up taking him out. The theatre is... More 

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Osoyoos, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We stayed for the winter at the Nk'Mip RV park and the Desert Cultural Centre was closed for most of that time. When we popped into the tourist information place up by the Husky to ask if anything was open yet, we were delighted to be told that the Cultural Centre was opening up. The centre is beautiful, outside and... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Museum/centre was very educational. We didn't watch the video that was running. The trails off of the centre are great and were empty, even on a holiday weekend. We saw tons of California quail.

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DerBryson, Marketing Manager at Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre, responded to this review

Thank you (lim limt) for reviewing our Centre. It is sometimes hard to get a quiet experience in our desert as we usually have a lot of guests coming in especially on a long weekend so we are glad you had a good visit. The California Quail is definitely very visible in the South Okanagan and they have a distinct... More 

Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is quite small but it is set in a beautiful location. This is truly an interpretive centre and I would highly recommend only if you do the guided tour. We did the tour and the lady who did the tour was definitely the high light. If we hadn't done the tour we probably wouldn't have enjoyed the museum... More 

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DerBryson, Marketing Manager at Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing to visit the Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre. Taking a guided walk with our interpreter is a great way to learn about the history and people of the area, and we encourage those that visit to take our guided walk. The Centre itself is meant to be self-guided with interpretive signs along the way that stirs the... More 

Cochrane, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful building. The movie in the theater was not very informative. The only reason to watch it entirely is to enjoy the seats and air conditioning on a hot day.

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DerBryson, Marketing Manager at Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Our movie, Coyote Spirit discusses a tale of reconnecting to family, history and land. As this was filmed on Okanagan territory and is relevant to all First Nations or cultures the moral of the story is simply 'don't forget where you come from and the connection to the land.' All First Nations are stewards and... More 

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