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“Loved it!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Burnaby Village Museum

Burnaby Village Museum
Ranked #1 of 47 things to do in Burnaby
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Where History Comes to Life - Stroll down the streets of our 1920s community. Period costumed townsfolk welcome visitors and give demonstrations in the homes, businesses and shops. Take a ride on the 1912 CW Parker Carousel, explore the restored 1912 Interurban Tram, and enjoy a treat in the Ice Cream Parlour.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
vancouver
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Loved it!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2011

We did a birthday here, it was really fun, my daughter got to keep the hook made in the demo. We ate a good lunch at the ice cream
Parlor. The carousel is the highlight!

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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
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Perth, Western Australia
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41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“A gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2010

I must say I wasn't all that interested in going to the museum initially but my views changed quickly. The village offered so much for both adults and children that we stayed longer than intended. Highlights were the knowledge and friendliness of the staff, the number of working displays that brought back memories and the variety of attractions. My young son was won over by the tram and by his ride in the Model T Ford. Congratulations to all concerned.

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British Columbia
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61 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Came for an hour, stayed for the day”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2010

We went to Burnaby Village Museum expecting to spend an hour looking around before going for a picnic lunch. Instead we wandered for the morning, brought our picnic in to eat by the tram station, and stayed from 11 am to 3:30 pm. Our party of four included a 70 year old woman and a six year old boy, and everyone thought it was a great outing.

We started at the Love farmhouse, and were greeted by an enthusiastic interpreter eager to tell us about the history of the building. The museum has done an excellent job of crafting a "story book" for many of the properties, including the Love farmhouse. Those interested in the history can see photos and drawings of the house and the family, through the years.

The museum was very much a "hands on" site, with many things to see and play with. The Love farmhouse had pingpong and croconole; by the General Store there were old wooden wheeled toys including scooters; and the Elworth Garage features many carved wooden toys. Interpreters in each of the sites were welcoming and knowledgeable and made the visit a lot of fun.

The blacksmith was the biggest hit, and we went back three times to watch him craft his wares and learn about the trade.

Finally, I can't write a review without mentioning the carousel; it is absolutely beautiful, and each horse is a work of art. Best of all, we all enjoyed our ride.

Overall this is a recommended outing, suitable for families, history buffs and anyone interested in an enjoyable trip back in time.

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Burnaby, Canada
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113 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“It's Worth It!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2010

I rate this museum as one of the best museums in BC. Smaller than Barkerville, of course, but absolutely charming. We come here everyday for Canada Day (it saves you from having to pay the pricey admission), and we love going to the Heritage Christmas, where you get to meet Father Christmas and sign your name on either the naughty or nice page :)

This place is great for everyone of all ages. The kids love the carousel ride, the old toys in the garage, the old silent movies at the movie theatre, and especially the ice cream parlour. The candy at the gift shop is also great.

My favourties include the newly restored trolley, and the old farm houses.

If you are around here, drop in. It's truly worth it!

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Meredith, New Hampshire
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104 reviews
56 attraction reviews
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“A delightful trip back in time”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2007

The Burnaby Heritage Village Museum is a living history visit to the year 1925. Costumed interpreters make the time period come alive. What makes this attraction different from many others is many features for young children. Rides on the restored 1912 carousel, accompanied by a Wurlitzer steam organ, are a delight. Children also love the 1925 playroom where they are invited to play with hand carved toys of the period. For me, it was a wonderful chance to see what my parents must have loved as children.

The blacksmith gave a fascinating demonstration of his trade. My husband enjoyed the bank with its old office machines. We all liked lunch in the old ice cream parlor. The entrance fee was very reasonable.

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