Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre

Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre, Osoyoos: Hours, Address, Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre Reviews: 4.5/5

Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre

Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre
4.5
Speciality Museums
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9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
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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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BC-Westcoaster
Vancouver, Canada294 contributions
The cultural centre provides both historical and current information about the Osoyoos people, and is well worth a stop. Inside there are two short films and some interesting static displays. Outside there are also static displays, and an easy walk to a re-created village and metal sculptures. There is also a 1.5 km walking trail, which I wish we had time to do. Note that your very reasonable entrance fee gives you access for the day (during opening hours), so you can keep your receipt and come back if you want to break up the walks to the village and the longer trail. The gift shop is small but has some beautiful items.
Written September 16, 2020
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Zack F
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Friends
The staff at the cultural center were amazing to talk to. Derek at the front desk was very passionate about his community and was keen to share and discuss his experiences. Every question we asked was met with a very thoughtful and articulated response. If you are passing through the area I highly recommend stopping at the cultural center and striking up a conversation with these folks!
Written August 5, 2020
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Derek here. First, I remember you two. You had great questions and I was more than happy to respond with the answers I felt were accurate. I want to say 'thank you' for a couple of reasons, first and foremost, because you walked through those doors and secondly, because you took the time to ask questions and listen. In our world over ever-evolving education, its easy to get things lost in translation. So thank you (lim limt) for your visitation on that day.
Written May 5, 2021
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Lvmom
North Vancouver, Canada5 contributions
Family
A really lovely and peaceful spot to visit in the summer. My children, age 7 and 10, and I arrived at 9:35am and just missed the first guided tour. The friendly receptionist (Derek) led us to the theatre and we had a private viewing of a 20 min film about the Okanagan band. It is meant for a younger audience (age 7-12) so a perfect introduction for my kids. The walking tour, which began indoors with a focus on art, was excellent and my children and I were engaged the entire time (about 90 min, a bit longer because we stopped in the middle to watch one of the researchers try to capture a transmitter rattlesnake - very exciting). The reconstructed village and metal sculptures are lovely and our guide (Jenna) provided a plethora of stories and information about Okanagan Indigenous history and culture. After the walk, we watched the Snakes Alive show (30 min), which was also engaging and informative. At this point, my kids were starving so we ate our lunch at a beautiful picnic spot with a gorgeous view of the lake, right outside the facility. After lunch, my kids wanted to go back on the walk and check out the village again. We also spent more time examining the desert animals display (mostly snakes) and a nice gift shop. We spent about 4.5 hours at the centre. A highlight of our trip to the Okanagan.
Written August 25, 2020
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Alissa P
Pitt Meadows, Canada74 contributions
Couples
We visited the desert cultural centre in the morning and it was lovely! There are 2 theatre/story rooms that share stories of the coyote. They are very cute, and the interpretive centre is informative. The outdoor area is great for all ages. If you do the loop walk, about 1.5km you come across some different signs and displays. It’s really great, and I would recommend to anyone to learn more about Okanagan First Nations and the desert ecosystem!
Written September 30, 2021
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Michael Dadson
Langley, Canada77 contributions
Great family learning experience,.

The NK'MIP Desert Cultural Center is filled with a history of the land and culture, of the Sylix people from the Okanagan First Nations. There are multiple indoors and outdoor interactive attractions. Walking trails help to create an understanding of the land, its uses, the benefits of various pants through history.

I highly recommend.
Written March 30, 2022
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Lespo
Brampton, Canada89 contributions
Considering Canada's disgrace with the history of residential schools we thought it important to visit, and we are glad that we did. Before we even paid entry, the gentleman at the entry point challenged us as visitors to the plight of the indigenous community. It was eye opening, and I felt at loss. But my personal discomfort was good when considering the history. A must visit.
Written June 8, 2022
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Sherri M
Stony Plain, Canada28 contributions
We went with our 13 and 15 year old. The walking tour is excellent as the young lady has some family history to contribute and is exceptionally knowledgeable. You can tell she loves her cultural history and has a strong desire to learn more and pass it along to others. I have a huge phobia of snakes so the trail alone stressed me out but it was so interesting I'm glad I sucked it up. The Snakes Alive show was a no go for me though but my husband and 2 teen boys loved it! The history of the day school there left me wanting to research and learn more. We spent some time with the gift shop owner who shared a bit about the language as well. Such a rich heritage that I hope can be salvaged from the time/years that have been lost.
Written August 14, 2020
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FarFlungStarling
Qualicum Beach, Canada1,014 contributions
Couples
It was exceptionally hot and smoky on the day we visited so we were unable to enjoy the outdoor exhibits and desert trails. Inside there are several “movies” one in a traditional “pit” viewing area and the other is theatre style. Both enjoyable and educational. The displays are interesting but somewhat limited. There are a few snake a insect displays but as always it’s like finding Waldo to spot them. There is a very nice gift shop and the building itself is really beautiful inside and out and is accessible by ramps. Two “senior” admissions was $27.30.
Written July 14, 2021
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Peter3801
Vancouver, Canada125 contributions
I absolutely loved the Desert Cultural Centre. Our guide was informative and the history and story of the Syilx indigenous people who live in the Osoyoos area is fascinating. We spent a full half day at the Centre - the walking tour is a must to have the full experience and learn so much more about the people, the geography and culture of this area.
Written August 17, 2020
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imac2023
Vancouver, Canada15 contributions
Really appreciated our host’s earnest dialogue with us - everyone has their own story so don’t make assumptions. Listen and learn.
Nice little local history and professional video presentations. Important to visit if in the area.
Written August 30, 2021
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