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Sunday November 1, 2015, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

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Join us on Sunday November 1st from 1:00 - 4:00 pm for an afternoon filled with fun for the whole family! The Vancouver Lego Club will present Lego games and Korki the Clown will entertain.

Admission to the gallery is at no charge on this day.

Saturday October 17th - Sunday November 1st, 2015

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Come on down to the Museum and browse through our large selection of used books.

Please help us out by donating your gently used books any day from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm. If you have more than you can handle, we will gladly come and pick them up.

Call us at 604-541-2221 for further details

Contest Details

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The White Rock Museum & Archives is displaying the entries in our Lego┬« Contest as the we celebrate 100 years of toys in our current exhibit, Child’s Play: Toys of the Last 100 Years, running from June 6th to October 12th, 2015.

The models are on display at the White Rock Museum & Archives all summer during this exhibit, and visitors can vote for their favourite design on site and online.

Be sure to visit and vote for your favourite artist – not only will they get a chance to win a swag bag filled with fun stuff but YOU get a chance to win one of the following prizes:

  • Easy Bake Oven
  • Nerf Fire Vision Set
  • Miniature Etch-a-Sketch

Contest Winners

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Thank you to all our participants in the Child’s Play exhibition this summer!  

We had 5 very talented children who entered a Lego™ sculpture: Maia, Isabella, Colton, Taj and Sarah. Sarah won the grand prize – a birthday party package with Bricks4Kidz! Congratulations, Sarah!  

Community members who visited the museum voted for their favourite sculpture, and were entered into a draw for more prizes!  

Congratulations to these winners:

  • Rowan: Nerf Fire Vision Set
  • Andrew: Etch-A-Sketch
  • Ciara: Easy Bake Oven

Saturday September 26, 2015, 2:00 - 5:00 pm

White Rock Community Centre, Russell Ave

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A tea party and fashion show, hosted by the White Rock Museum & Archives, featuring a Fancy Hat or Fascinator Contest.

Tickets:      $30

Available at: White Rock Museum & Archives
                 14970 Marine Drive, White Rock

Photographs from the Event

The Little Black Dress & High Tea was sold out four weeks prior to the event, and was enjoyed by all the guests.  Iin addition, the event was very successful in raising awareness and funds for the White Rock Museum & Archives.

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Sunday August 23, 2015, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Join us on Sunday August 23rd from 11am-4pm for a day filled with fun for the whole family! The Greater Vancouver Railway Club is once again setting up their phenomenal, 40 foot model railway track along the promenade.

We're also excited to have Bricks 4 Kidz Surrey Delta, BC running a superhero shield activity and the Museum will be hosting face painting and a toy car craft! From 12pm-3pm Korki the Klown will be twisting up her famous balloon creations for you!

Admission to the gallery is by donation, so be sure to also stop inside and check out "Child's Play: Toys of the Last 100 Years." Complete our activity passport and win a prize!

See you down here soon!

Tuesday August 18, 2015

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WRMA Archives Vault Named in Honour of Lorraine Ellenwood

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The White Rock Museum & Archives has honoured Lorraine Ellenwood by naming the archives vault after her. The announcement was made at the museum’s annual general meeting on August 18th, 2015.

The archives vault is a state of the art climate controlled room that houses precious historical records of White Rock. Hundreds of thousands of documents, photographs, maps, sound recordings and videos are housed in the vault. From now on it will be known as the “Lorraine Ellenwood Archives Vault” in her honour.

Ellenwood began as a volunteer archivist at the WRMA in 1976. In 1983 she became the museum curator. From 1986 to 1997 she was the director of the museum and the first professionally trained staff member. After her retirement in 1997 she was made Director Emerita and she still volunteers for the museum on a regular basis and serves as a mentor for the current staff.

"Lorraine has been an outstanding example of a true custodian of White Rock’s history, and an excellent consultant and mentor to those of us who continue this work. It is a pleasure to honour her contributions to the White Rock Museum & Archives Society in this way”. – Sharon Oldaker, WRMA Executive Director.

“The new vault is the heart and soul of the archives. It was built on a foundation of excellence long established in this institution by Lorraine. It is a fitting reminder of this to name the new vault after her.” – Hugh Ellenwood, WRMA Archives Manager.

Wednesday July 1st, 2015

This year’s Canada Day activities will include:

  • Face Painting
  • Toy Car Craft
  • Canada Flag Craft
  • Old-time games
  • Raffle Prices
  • Old-Fashioned Root Beer Floats & Popcorn
  • Free Admission to the Museum’s latest exhibit, “Child’s Play: Toys of the Last 100 Years”

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For further information, please contact Debbie Magson at 604.541.2222.

Saturday May 2nd, 2015

Book your appointment now. Click on poster below for details.

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Sunday March 1st and Sunday April 19th, 2015, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

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Imagine: one doctor to serve the entire municipality of Surrey, including White Rock, and no hospital. Sounds crazy, but it was the reality for residents up until the 1940s. When Royal Columbian Hospital restricted services to only residents north of the Fraser River in 1946, Surrey was forced to find alternative health care. This is where the plan for a hospital in White Rock was born.

Critical Care: A History of Hospitals in a Border Town discusses how early settlers of South Surrey and White Rock received medical care and how community need, passion, and dedication helped drive the construction of what is now Peace Arch Hospital.

Included in the exhibit are early medical artifacts from throughout the lower mainland, many donated by the late Dr. Allan Hogg. Nursing uniforms and photographs are also included. Children will enjoy activities such as magnetic skeleton building, interactive cube display, and medical equipment guessing game. In addition, there are two historical lectures scheduled for the event:

Sunday March 1st: Peace Arch Hospital & Auxiliary History with Ellen Kennett & Vin Coyne, 1pm-3pm

Sunday April 19th : History of Nursing in Canada Presentation & Fashion Show by the BC History of Nursing Society, 1pm-3pm


Also featured in the exhibit is a video compilation by local artist Sherron Fairbairn.

For more information on Sherron, please check out her website:

The exhibit will run from January 17th to May 31st, 2015. Admission is by donation. With thanks to our sponsors: The Hogg Family, White Rock Medical Society, Peace Arch News (2015 Print Media Sponsor), BMO Semiahmoo Branch (2015 Event Napkin Sponsor), Charlie Don’t Surf (2015 Reception Sponsor) and the City of White Rock. Also thanks to: Peace Arch Hospital and Community Health Foundation, Peace Arch Hospital Auxiliary Society, the BC History of Nursing Society, VGH School of Nursing Alumnae Association, and Langley Hospital Auxiliary.

Image courtesy of the Peace Arch Hospital Auxiliary Society.

Irish Tea

Tuesday March 17th, 2015

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As part of the Irish Festival Celebrations in White Rock, the Museum is offering an Irish Tea ... please see poster for details.

Thursday January 29th, 2015

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Big News! - The White Rock Museum and Archives won the Award for "Outstanding Business Award - Non Profit Organization of the Year" at the South Surrey/White Rock Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala. A huge thanks to all Staff, Volunteers and Board Members for having helped us achieve this prestigious award. L - R Debbie Ward, Colleen Kerr, Sharon Oldaker, Marilena Fluckiger, Joy Zhand, Vanya Peacock, Debbie Magson and Elsa Wong.

Saturday January 24th, 2015 at 2:00 pm

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"Passenger", the bronze statue that was recently installed on the Museum plaza is a permanent installation which was commissioned by the City of White Rock. The artist, Denis Kleine, hails from Nelson, BC, and is well respected for his outstanding bronze public art pieces. This piece depicts a passenger waiting beside a bench with a suitcase at the White Rock train station. It invites passersby to stop and pause on the bench, perhaps take a photo and enjoy the view! Of course it is a perfect waterside entrance to the Museum & Archives. The City and Museum will be hosting a public unveiling of the statue on Saturday, January 24th at 2:00 pm and the artist will be in a attendance at that time.

Photographs of the Installation

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Photographs and video courtesy of Rice Honeywell

Photographs of the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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Videos and photographs courtesy of Rice Honeywell