Re-envisioning the Steveston Museum

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Thank you for dropping by.

We are in the process of re-envisioning the Steveston Museum with a different mix of services and a new role within Steveston’s heritage community. We’d love to hear what you think.

Please review the materials on this page, become familiar with the options we're presenting and complete the survey below. The survey will be open until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 14, 2021.


Background

The Steveston Museum has occupied the Northern Bank heritage building on the prominent corner of Moncton Street and First Avenue in historic Steveston Village since 1979.

For a number of years, the building has also hosted a Canada Post outlet operated by the Steveston Historical Society, and a Visitor Information Centre operated by Tourism Richmond.

In 2015, the historic Japanese Fishermen’s Benevolent Society building was relocated next to the Northern Bank Building and is home to exhibits about the Japanese-Canadian (Nikkei) experience in Steveston.

In recent years, visitor information services in Steveston Village have evolved and use of user-paid postal services has declined. Working with the Steveston Historical Society and Tourism Richmond, the City is exploring how best to continue to offer valued services to locals and visitors to Steveston.

This engagement presents two options for the re-envisioned Steveston Museum.


Overview of the Two Options

Option A: Steveston and Nikkei Museum
A single museum, uniting the experience of the Northern Bank and Japanese Fishermen’s Benevolent Society buildings and Town Square Park that:

  • provides an introduction and overview of Steveston’s heritage; and
  • encourages visits to other Steveston attractions.

Option B: Steveston Postal Heritage Centre and Steveston Nikkei Museum
Two distinct facilities that offer:

  • a functioning post office within a heritage setting with displays on community postal history; and
  • a separate museum of Japanese-Canadian history in Steveston in the Japanese Fishermen’s Benevolent Society building.

Note: Both the 1906 Northern Bank and ca. 1900 Japanese Fishermen’s Benevolent Society buildings are identified heritage structures. Building exteriors and any interior elements identified of heritage significance will not be altered. Statements of Significance of Heritage Value for each building may be viewed in the Documents section.


Give us your feedback

Click on the survey below to get more details, look at sketches and provide your input.


Thank you for dropping by.

We are in the process of re-envisioning the Steveston Museum with a different mix of services and a new role within Steveston’s heritage community. We’d love to hear what you think.

Please review the materials on this page, become familiar with the options we're presenting and complete the survey below. The survey will be open until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 14, 2021.


Background

The Steveston Museum has occupied the Northern Bank heritage building on the prominent corner of Moncton Street and First Avenue in historic Steveston Village since 1979.

For a number of years, the building has also hosted a Canada Post outlet operated by the Steveston Historical Society, and a Visitor Information Centre operated by Tourism Richmond.

In 2015, the historic Japanese Fishermen’s Benevolent Society building was relocated next to the Northern Bank Building and is home to exhibits about the Japanese-Canadian (Nikkei) experience in Steveston.

In recent years, visitor information services in Steveston Village have evolved and use of user-paid postal services has declined. Working with the Steveston Historical Society and Tourism Richmond, the City is exploring how best to continue to offer valued services to locals and visitors to Steveston.

This engagement presents two options for the re-envisioned Steveston Museum.


Overview of the Two Options

Option A: Steveston and Nikkei Museum
A single museum, uniting the experience of the Northern Bank and Japanese Fishermen’s Benevolent Society buildings and Town Square Park that:

  • provides an introduction and overview of Steveston’s heritage; and
  • encourages visits to other Steveston attractions.

Option B: Steveston Postal Heritage Centre and Steveston Nikkei Museum
Two distinct facilities that offer:

  • a functioning post office within a heritage setting with displays on community postal history; and
  • a separate museum of Japanese-Canadian history in Steveston in the Japanese Fishermen’s Benevolent Society building.

Note: Both the 1906 Northern Bank and ca. 1900 Japanese Fishermen’s Benevolent Society buildings are identified heritage structures. Building exteriors and any interior elements identified of heritage significance will not be altered. Statements of Significance of Heritage Value for each building may be viewed in the Documents section.


Give us your feedback

Click on the survey below to get more details, look at sketches and provide your input.

  • We appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback. Your input is important as it will help us plan the future of the Steveston Museum. 

    The survey will be open until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 14, 2021.

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