The museum completely captures the essence of Greenwood's up and down history. The boom days of the 1890's to 1918 are very well presented. It certainly helps to have a humongous tailings pile with abandoned mine structures just down the street. Plus, Greenwood's city centre still comprises many of the buildings from that era. Greenwood's decline through the thirties to near extinction is very well captured. An invitation from Greenwood's Mayor to Japanese-Canadians displaced by their forced evacuation from coastal British Columbia in 1942 reversed the decline. Greenwood survived and is today Canada's smallest city. The exhibits relating to this period are rather poignant as Greenwood was one of the only places to welcome displaced Japanese-Canadians. Over 200 came. The museum documents one of the only positive events of this otherwise very shameful chapter in Canadian history. Many people could learn about tolerance and its rewards from a visit to the museum. The Japanese aspect is of national interest and anyone passing through Greenwood with their family would benefit from visiting the museum to gain a better understanding of how the displaced Japanese fared. Overall, we appreciated its focus on the local area and the supplementary information provided. The dedication of its staff and volunteers is certainly reflected in the quality of its exhibits. The museum is well "signed" on south side of the main street (Crows Nest Hwy 3) with ample parking. It also serves as the local Visitors' Centre.
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