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Secwepemc Museum & Heritage Park
Ranked #15 of 78 things to do in Kamloops
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Owner description: The Secwepemc Museum & Heritage Park is located along the banks of the beautiful South Thompson River. The Secwepemc Museum & Heritage Park consists of both an inside and outside viewing experience for visitors. The tour of the museum offers a rich history of the life of the Secwepemc people. Once inside the museum visitors can view "The Land of the Secwepemc" DVD, and can then immerse themselves in the beautiful artefacts and displays within the four galleries that are offered.Afterwards, the Heritage park offers a trail of over a kilometre of archaeological remains of a 2,000 year old Secwepemc winter village. The winter village consists of 1 reconstructed winter pit-houses, and summer tule mat lodges which feature various unique food preparation structures. In addition; for viewing pleasure, is one of Kamloops Marshes that is filled with beautiful wildlife and visitors may even be able to get a glimpse of the Coyote (Skelep) and her pups that are currently living in the area.
Reviewed 15 April 2013

We took our preschool age child and a few of his friends to the Secwepemc Museum and Heritage park for a picnic lunch and a tour of the museum. The outdoor heritage park is lovely - open with winding paths all of the flora and fauna are marked with signs (which is nice when your children say "what's this? What's this?") and it also includes some information about traditional uses. The winter "pit houses" are very cool - you can go inside them and have lunch at the little benches and get a sense of what it was like to live in one. There are several pit houses and then some more in various stages of build so you can see how they were built. All of the outdoor attractions have lots of signage with information. The highlight was the board walk that circles the archeological site where the original pit houses were. Not only is it interesting the kids loved to run around and around the circle.
We were met at the inside of the museum by a guide who took us gently by the hand and showed us around. She sang the children a lullaby and played the drum for them and even let them see the canoe toy her father had made for her when she was little. The kids LOVED it and were entranced by the signing and the drumming. She then taught them to say "thank you" and to count to 10. She showed us all of the exhibits and had a lot of personal connections that were interesting to us.
Although not huge it has enough to see to be interesting and we enjoyed it

1  Thank Claire T
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Reviewed 23 January 2013

The artifacts in the museum are great to view and iyou can spend a while studying the beautiful caraftsmanship of various items. The heritage park gives you a glimse into the living accomodations at the time.

1  Thank Bernt F
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Reviewed 6 January 2013

The Museum has indoor and outdoor displays. The authentically constructed outdoor pit house is right by the river. When you sit inside you feel the life of the culture.

Thank wenden_13
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Reviewed 28 November 2012

An orientation film tells this First Nation's story, then you proceed to two small exhibit rooms. There is a clear narrative voice about the abuses suffered under the Indian schools system, the loss of lands and the resilience of the people. There is a self guided walk with accompanying pamphlet about the plants that were harvested by the people in the 5 different areas of their lands (tules for mats from marshes, kinds of berries they used for food etc.).

Thank Renee002
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Reviewed 27 October 2012

Hey, white guy here! Sorry if I misspelled pow wow. The Secwepemc were incredible host's of a truly eye opening experience and I emplore all those whom have a smattering of respect for the first people's to get there tickets now and go to the celebration these folks put on.

So many dancers and remarkable performers... Shivers down my spine incredible. I would like to thank ALL nations that protect their cultures so the many rest of the world can see real art and real communities.

Many happy returns Kamloopa!

Sam

Thank Shangomango
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