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“REFLECTS A SMALL CITY WITH NATIONAL SIGNIFICANCE” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Greenwood Museum

Greenwood Museum
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Greenwood
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Coquiltam, British Columbia, Canada
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132 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 239 helpful votes
“REFLECTS A SMALL CITY WITH NATIONAL SIGNIFICANCE”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2012

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.

Visited May 2012
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English first
Shawnigan Lake, Canada
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45 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“A lot of history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2012

A lot of BC history occurred in Greenwood and this small museum does an excellent job of informing us about it. Especially the displays regarding the unfortunate Canadian decision to confiscate the belongings and remove persons of Japanese origin from the west coast to the interior of BC and Canada after Dec 8, 1941. Greenwood deserves a mention as an example of the kind of caring which Canada is now so well known for.

Visited September 2012
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West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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211 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Worth a Trip Off the Beaten Track!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2012

The little town of Greenwood was one of the Japanese-Canadain internment locations during WWII. This little museum brings to the present much of the environment of the early 1940's and is well worth a couple of hourse. The staff are knowledgable and are happy to chat with you. And don't leave Greenwood before also visiting the old City Hall which is a block away and preserves the court room and jail of another era which will take you back in time.

Visited June 2012
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Grand Forks, Canada
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32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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“Greenwood Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2012

Interesting historical artifacts in this museum located in Canada's smallest city.

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