R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum
Past comes alive at R.J. Haney Heritage Village & Salmon Arm Museum
Discover this beautiful park set on 40 acres of pioneer Shuswap farm land, R.J. Haney Heritage Village & Museum is the Shuswap’s largest heritage attraction. Start your visit at the Museum and pick up your self guided walking tour guide.
Guided tours of the Haney House are available upon request for $5.00 per person. Stroll through the heritage gardens in the yard of the house and you cannot help but notice the variety of rose bushes and the heritage vegetable garden all tended to by the Village Gardener. The gardens were designed in 1993 by landscape architect Patricia Reith, and reflect the beauty of the house.
While touring the Haney House you will see “The Story of Ruth: the Water Colour Journals of Arthur Adair Brooke”, a beautiful selection of digitized images illustrating a father’s love for his daughter. Beginning in 1921, Brooke recorded the babe’s development in water colour paintings like modern parents snap digital images. Follow the story in Marjorie’s Tea Room and see Ruth growing up in “the Valley” at the Mt. Ida District.
As you step back in time, explore the Village, covering 12 acres of the park you can discover our pioneer history in the 18 original or replica buildings that tell stories of Salmon Arm. Tour the Broadview School, Mt Ida Church, Salmon Arm’s first filling station, Fire Hall, Newnes Blacksmith Shop, Lester and Thomson Garage, and more. Not to be missed is Sam Beemish’s “Home Studio” with the largest public collection of cylinders and records in Western Canada.
A must see is the newly constructed Montebello Museum, the association’s Canada 150 project. The building is designed to look like multiple buildings that tell individual stories of the local history which include: Miss Puff’s Millinery and Dress Shop, McGuire General Store, Telephone Exchange Office, Pharmacy. Bank of Hamilton, Lingford Photo Studio, A.E. Palmer Butcher Shop, Barber Shop and Pool Hall. and theSalmon Arm Observer.
In the Museum’s gallery enjoy the exhibit "Mah Yik Laundry" its laundry day in Salmon Arm! and "The Train stopped here", a historical look at the Canadian Pacific Railway. Also featured is a black and white photo exhibit of "then" & "now" Down Town Salmon Arm.
Vegetables and fruits grown in the gardens at the Village are served in Marjorie’s Tea Room. The tea room is open during Village operational hours Wednesday - Sunday and serve tea goodies, beverages, and a homemade daily lunch special featuring recipes from our Red Seal Chef.
Need to stretch your legs? Take a walk on our 2.34 km nature walking trails. The easy stroll takes the visitor through four climatic zones. With our field guide in hand, identify the plants used by the First Nations and pioneer families for food and medicine. If you like treasure hunting and have a GPS unit, try looking for hidden geocaches; it’s a great way to find new areas to explore.
Always popular, Dinner Theatre known for a great pioneer meal and entertaining play full of original musical scores and humorous tales tell the history of the area. Dinner theatre is a highlight of Salmon Arm’s summer entertainment and one you won’t want to miss. Shows are Wednesday, Friday and Sunday during July and August. Reservations are a must! Book early and bring your family and friends.
The Village is located just minutes east of Salmon Arm, find R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum near the junction of Highway 97B and the Trans Canada Highway. The Village opens May 10th and closes Sept. 23rd. Days and hours of operation are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - July and August open 7 days a week. Admission is by donation. Marjorie's Tea Room is open Wednesday-Sunday all season from 10am - 4pm.
Every month from May through October the Village hosts a community event, fun for all ages. For more information or to book weddings, reunions, or Dinner Theatre reservations contact us by telephone at 250-832-5243, email firstname.lastname@example.org or like us at facebook.
Remember to check our updates throughout the year on our website and Facebook Page with program announcements, special events, hours of operation, links to the Curator’s Blog, the Heritage Update Newsletter and much more www.salmonarmmuseum.org
The Village is a great place to visit with friends and family! With a variety of sights to see and explore, spend the whole day getting to know Salmon Arm’s history at the Village.