CLOSED

Out of an abundance of caution and in support of our community to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19, Sidney Museum is temporarily closed. This includes all reference appointments for the Archives and group/school bookings in the Museum. The decision to close was not taken lightly and is based on the latest information being released by regional, provincial and federal public health authorities. To view full announcement, please CLICK HERE.

Watch our website for the most updated information about the closure and the re-opening of Sidney Museum. If you have any questions or concerns, please call 250-655-6355 or email info@sidneymuseum.ca where staff will be available to answer your questions. Reference questions for the archives will be answered to the best of staff’s ability by phone or email.

Welcome!

Take a walk through time and discover the natural history of the area, followed by regularly updated permanent displays on local First Nations, industry, transportation, agriculture and social history.

In addition to our permanent exhibits, the Sidney Museum also features showcase exhibits changing throughout the year. Check out the exhibition schedule for full details on what is coming up soon.

Sidney Museum was established in 1971 with a mandate to acquire, preserve and make available the heritage, culture and interests of the Saanich Peninsula. It has proudly served the Saanich Peninsula community ever since. To date, the permanent museum collections contains over 8,000 artifacts and even more archival images and documents, many of which are regularly exhibited in the Sidney Museum’s permanent exhibition galleries. The Archives are available by research appointment and contain a large collection of documents, local newspapers and photographs.

Vote for Sidney Museum!

Vote for us in the Reader’s Choice awards for Best Peninsula Tourist Attraction or our LEGO exhibit as Best Indoor Public Event!

Current Exhibit

It’s here! The ever-popular LEGO exhibition has returned to Sidney Museum, featuring a wider range of themes including Star Wars, Minecraft, Friends, Harry Potter, Batman and vintage sets! Learn about the history of the many Lego models on display, guess how many bricks were used to build the giant Lego Tower or challenge yourself with a scavenger hunt with three levels of difficulty for all ages. 

2020 Exhibit Schedule

January 2 to March 31, 2020
(Upper and Lower Gallery)

LEGO EXHIBITION

The ever-popular LEGO exhibition has returned to Sidney Museum, featuring a wider range of themes including Star Wars, Minecraft, Friends, Harry Potter, Batman and vintage sets! Learn about the history of the many Lego models on display, guess how many bricks were used to build the giant Lego Tower or challenge yourself with a scavenger hunt with three levels of difficulty for all ages. 

June 15 – September 27, 2020
(Lower Gallery)

SNAPSHOTS OF CANADA

Paul Henderson scores the winning goal in the 1972 Summit Series. A little boy runs after his father marching off to war. Terry Fox is silhouetted by headlights of a police cruiser on his Marathon of Hope. Exploring unforgettable moments in our history, the travelling exhibition Snapshots of Canada pairs compelling images with texts by well-known authors, journalists and historians. Images ranging from high drama to simple joy are tangible reminders of the triumphs, failures and sacrifices that have shaped our country.

April 4 – September 30, 2020
(Upper Gallery)

RESEARCH, RECONNECT and RE-ORG

Over nearly five decades, Sidney Museum has collected over 8,700 objects and many of these have never been on public display! More than 55,000 museums exist in the world, and typically 90% of their objects are in storage rooms. As collections grow, financial resources continue to dwindle, leaving museums struggling to ensure that their treasures in storage are adequately looked after and accessible. As we move our arefact collection to install disaster prevention measures, we are exploring all the objects that make up our collection. RE-ORG is a method developed by ICCROM and the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) that addresses Museum storage issues. This exhibit documents Sidney Museum’s journey to the improvement of our storage facilities to better reflect Museum best practices. Join us and learn how we acquire, preserve and make available the heritage, culture and interests of the Saanich Peninsula community to across generations.

This project is funded through the Museums Assistance Program – Collection Management by the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Sidney Museum wins Crystal Award

SIDNEY MUSEUM AWARDED

Not-For-Profit of the Year

This year, we were thrilled to be among the many worthy nominees from across the Saanich Peninsula for the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Crystal Awards. We are very proud to say that we took home the award for Not-For-Profit of the year! Thank you to our hard working volunteers, sponsors and community partners for making our work possible. Thank you as well to the wonderful folks at The Butchart Gardens for hosting the gala, and to the Chamber for all their hard work championing Peninsula businesses/organizations.

Hours and Location

Open 10:00am – 4:00pm daily

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day


2423 Beacon Ave
Sidney, BC V8L 1X5

(On the corner of 4th Street and Beacon!)

Phone: (250) 655-6355

Admission by Donation