Victoria Chinatown Museum Society
In early 2020, we formed the Victoria Chinatown Museum Society to honour the history, culture and contribution of Chinese Canadians. We want to tell a story, the story of how we lived and what our ancestors had to go through to get to today.
The Victoria Chinatown Museum Society is dedicated to the creation of a permanent museum to serve as a tribute to the vital role the Chinese community played in the cultural fabric of the City of Victoria and British Columbia. This will be a living museum honouring the past, present and future. The stories of Chinese Canadian pioneers within Victoria’s Chinatown, which was designated as a National Historic Site and is the oldest remaining Chinatown in North America, will become a hub for learning, tourism and celebration.
Peering into the Past
Chinatowns, located throughout the Americas and other continents, are important sites of tangible and intangible cultural heritage. Today, they face myriad changes and crises, including balancing new urban developments, gentrification, population shifts, and the preservation of historical architecture and aura.
The images in this gallery come courtesy of the City of Victoria archive. The photos cronical the esteemed history of Victoria’s Chinatown.
“As the first generation of Chinese Canadians to be born in Victoria, I feel it is important to share the legacy of our ancestors. It was through their hard work and perseverance that has granted us the freedoms and opportunities that we enjoy today. This museum will honour our culture and our ancestors.”
Meet the Board
Dr. Grace Wong Sneddon
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