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PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives is operated by the Port Coquitlam Heritage and Cultural Society. 
150-2248 McAllister Street, Port Coquitlam, BC. V3C 2A5
Our mission is to celebrate and preserve Port Coquitlam's diverse heritage and culture through community engagement.

Welcome Kanchan!

On September 24th we welcomed our new Events and Programming Coordinator, Kanchan Lal!

Kanchan has recently joined us after finishing a Canadian internship at the Vanuatu National Museum in Port-Vila, Vanuatu! She graduated from Simon Fraser University with a double major in history and political science and has worked in museums ever since.  Kanchan is very passionate about education and is looking forward to developing new programming and events that celebrate and preserve Port Coquitlam's rich heritage, culture and diversity!

"Thank you very much for this wonderful opportunity! I am very excited to be a part of this community and look forward to meeting you all!" 

BC Museums Association Annual Conference

Thank you to Lheidli T'enneh and the BC Museums Association for hosting the 2019 BCMA Annual Conference (September 30th - October 2nd) in Prince George this year!

This year's theme was "Spoken Words, Shared Stories", and had focuses on community engagement, Indigeneity and diversity, and small museums. Our Manager and Curator, Kelly Brown attended and came back with valuable new information, tools, and connections that will greatly benefit our community of Port Coquitlam.

Thank you to all the organisers and contributors, especially the Two Rivers Gallery and The Exploration Place, for such a wonderful conference!

The BCMA Annual Conference opening reception.

Two Rivers Gallery hosted an amazing "Booze and Build" opening evening reception. Thank you for all the amazing activities!

Keynote Dr. Lorna Wanosts'a7 Williams speaking on Indigenous language revitalization (2019 is the Year of Indigenous Languages). 

PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives Manager and Curator, Kelly Brown, at The Exploration Place during their 1920's Night at the Museum. 

An amazing performance from Lheidli T'enneh singer Kym Gouchie.

Congratulations to all the BCMA Awards winners!! 
7th Annual Christmas Tree Festival Registration

Registration is now open for this year’s  7th Annual Christmas Tree Festival!

Download, fill out, and return this registration form to to secure your spot in Port Coquitlam’s only annual Christmas Tree Festival. Show off your holiday spirit and creativity by decorating your tree, and encourage people to vote so you become a contender for a coveted trophy for best tree!

Community groups can participate in the festival for free, and businesses can participate for $125 ($150 after the early bird registration deadline of October 26th).  

Ongoing Exhibits
Naturally PoCo
PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives
May - December 2019

Explore Port Coquitlam's natural beauty through the lenses of community photographers!

Every year the residents of Port Coquitlam submit their photos to our exhibit collaborators, the City of Port Coquitlam, for publication in the City's "Naturally PoCo" Community Calendar. Our Naturally PoCo exhibit displays a selection of the hundreds of photos that were submitted to the City throughout the year of 2018, alongside photographs and artifacts from our collections that explore photography over the last 110 years.

Come explore Port Coquitlam's beautiful seasons with us! 

Featured Photograph:

Contemplating Heron by Chuck Berkowski

Naturally PoCo Companion Exhibit
PoCo Heritage Exhibit in City Hall  

Take a stroll through City Hall to see our Naturally PoCo companion exhibit!

This exhibit focuses on the evolution of photography over the years, and highlights some special photos of Port Coquitlam and City Hall - old photos and new! 

Upcoming Events

Check out all of our upcoming events on our new website events calendar, or on Facebook!

PoCo Heritage General Meeting
Thursday October 17, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives - Free

Join us for our Society’s General Meeting to find out more about PoCo Heritage’s work within our wonderful city! 

Cookies, tea, and coffee are provided.

Creating Art with Nature
Friday, October 18, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives - $5.00/person

Join us in creating some beautiful works of art with bits from nature! Using paint and some wood, pine cones, nuts, and leaves, you and your family can create some amazing nature-based artwork.

Heritage Writers’ Group
Monday October 21, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives - Free 

Start capturing your life story for family and posterity!  No preparation required; just bring a pen and paper, or your laptop.

An Evening at the Museum
Thursday October 24, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives - Free

Join us for a very special Halloween themed open mic night at the museum! Come hear a spooky story or two and learn more about Port Coquitlam's heritage. 

Refreshments will be served.

Heritage Detectives
Tuesday Mornings 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives - Free

Join our resident local historian Bryan Ness in a weekly exploration of different aspects of Port Coquitlam’s heritage and history!


Society Announcements

Volunteer with PoCo Heritage
We are looking to recruit new volunteers! 

We are wanting to develop a lot of new museum events and programming (trivia nights, murder mysteries, movie nights, book clubs, and more!) as well as fun and interactive exhibits - and we could use your help!

If you are interested in sharing your creativity with us by helping to develop some of this programming please check out the four fun, creative positions below:

If you are interested or would like more information please contact Kelly Brown, Manager and Curator at

Book Donations    

Our Little Free Library has been so popular that it is hard to keep it stocked with books!

If you have any books that you are willing to donate to the Little Free Library please drop them off at the PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives, Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

"Sarah and Michael Explore Port Coquitlam" Book Sale 

We are selling copies of our collaborative children's history book in the PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives!

The books are $15 each, and this money is being used to create bursaries to further strengthen our community by helping to fund high school students who are interested in pursuing post-secondary education in culture, heritage, or the arts. 


Return It Express
PoCo Heritage now has an account set up with Return It Express to get a return on drink containers; you don't even have to sort them! If you would like to donate your recycling to our account (every little bit helps!) please bring everything in a large, clear drawstring bag to your Return It location and give them our phone number 604-927-8403 at the kiosk. If you don't have the number handy you can choose PoCo Heritage from a list on the screen.  
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