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.

Gates of Chinatown Victoria BC

Mission Statement

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.

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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.

Gallery

The images in this gallery come courtesy of the City of Victoria archive. The photos cronical the esteemed history of Victoria’s Chinatown.

Early fisgard street
Chinatown Gates

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.”

Alan Lowe

Chairman

Victoria Chinatown and Great Wall

Meet the Board

Alan Lowe

Alan Lowe

Chairman

Dr. Grace Wong Sneddon

Dr. Grace Wong Sneddon

Vice Chair

John Adams

John Adams

Secretary

Kevin Sing

Kevin Sing

Treasurer

Robert Fung

Robert Fung

Ronald Greene

Ronald Greene

Thomas Chan

Thomas Chan

Melanie Mahlman

Melanie Mahlman

Winnie Lee

Winnie Lee

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