MONOVA: Museum of North Vancouver

North Vancouver stories live here.

MONOVA: Museum of North Vancouver transforms the way we experience North Vancouver’s stories. You'll find yourself drawn in to landscapes you knew nothing about, meeting people from different eras, and contemplating what it all means for our future.

To belong to a community means knowing its stories and experiences. Stories are the threads that weave us together and form the fabric of community. Museums are where communities discover themselves and grow strong and resilient. More than a museum – we’re building community.

Located in the heart of North Vancouver's Shipyards District, MONOVA is adjacent to Lonsdale Quay, Polygon Gallery, and the SeaBus Terminal. In addition to being the new home of the restored Streetcar 153, the new purpose-built facility will be full of interactive multimedia exhibits, innovative programming and public gatherings. MONOVA will join the Archives of North Vancouver in Lynn Valley. Learn more on the MONOVA website.

North Vancouver is fortunate to have a rich and storied past, an engaging present and promising future. Reflecting ancient cultures, resource-based and innovative industries, creative and energetic residents, as well as diverse communities, North Vancouver provides a rich tapestry of experiences for showcasing its story. It is the role of the Museum and Archives as the 'sole custodian of the City and District cultural, archival and museum collections' to collect and preserve the artifacts, documents and photographs, that reflect the rich story. MONOVA preserves historically valuable community records and artifacts; it makes them meaningful and accessible to the public by organizing exhibitions, delivering educational programs, caring for collections, and providing access to archival information.

Through the collections, MONOVA encourages residents and visitors to explore North Vancouver's fascinating history, to share reminiscences and stories, to research our players, characters and neighbourhoods, and experience programs that advance understanding of local people, cultures, and history.


MONOVA: Museum of North Vancouver, operated by the North Vancouver Museum and Archives, is a shared partner agency of the City and District of North Vancouver which opened on December 4, 2021.

MONOVA operates both the new Museum of North Vancouver on West Esplanade, and the Archives of North Vancouver located in Lynn Valley. In addition to the two physical locations, MONOVA supports several other online/offsite experiences for the public to engage with and learn about the past, present & future stories of North Vancouver.

Streetcar 153 at MONOVA

Contact Info

MONOVA: Museum of North Vancouver
115 West Esplanade, North Vancouver, BC, V7M 0G7
Open Thursday to Sunday.

MONOVA: Archives of North Vancouver
3203 Institute Road, North Vancouver, BC, V7K 3E5
The Archives is currently open to researchers by appointment only, Monday to Thursday.

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