MONOVA: Museum of North Vancouver
When it opens in 2021, MONOVA: Museum of North Vancouver will transform the way we experience North Vancouver’s stories. You will find yourself drawn into 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 at 115 West Esplanade in the heart of North Vancouver’s Shipyards District, MONOVA will be well-situated 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. The new Museum will join the Archives of North Vancouver in Lynn Valley under the MONOVA banner.
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.
Working with NSIIP, we will build our connections and bring MONOVA forward as an institution that is very much building community for today’s residents, new and established.
- Andrew Hildred (Volunteer Coordinator)
NSIIP is grateful to hold its activities on the traditional, ancestral, unceded, and occupied territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and Səlilwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples.