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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 24 August 2014

If you're in this area, go and visit this museum. It's part of a Sushwamp community project and run by a band. Very eye opening and interesting.

1  Thank Gabi H
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

This is a great local museum for a 90 minute visit. The cost is very reasonable, just $20 dollars for a family ticket, the staff are really enthusiastic and knowledgeable and give you an excellent overview of First Nation culture and customs. The reconstructed houses in the park are also fascinating. Well worth the visit.

Thank Scott P
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

This is an excellent place to get closer to First Nation culture and people. It may not have the monumental carvings of the MOA but you learn a lot more about how First Nation people live and lived. It is relatively small but there are some good exhibits and the staff are very helpful and friendly - though it does close early!

A good way to spend an hour or two in Kamloops

3  Thank Sue-and-Steve-Ascot
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

One of the best, and most comprehensive First Nations museums in B.C that I have been to. If you love anthropology/archaeology you will probably find yourself spending hours here as I did. While I could have done without the introductory video, I did find the museum displays to be very well presented, informative, and well lit. Interesting displays and dioramas certainly complimented the museum. Even though there was snow on the ground and it was bitterly cold, I ventured out onto the main interpretive grounds. I visited the numerous pit houses and various outside displays. Best part is that you are free to enter the structures, and explore. The next time I'm in the area during the summer, I will be returning as I am sure the native species gardens on the property are beautiful at that time of the year. Great place to have a pick nick . Well worth the money!

4  Thank Jeffrey R
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Reviewed 20 May 2014

The individual at the museum, I forget her name, was a wealth of information. She introduced us to the Secwepemc people and then led us through a time of discovery. Well worth going.
We took a short walk through the park where buffalo hides were being prepared - what a fantastic opportunity for children and adults to participate in.

Thank sigehaizi
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