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Secwepemc Museum & Heritage Park

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Address: 200-330 Chief Alex Thomas Way, Kamloops, British Columbia V2H 1H1, Canada
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+1 250-828-9749
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The Secwepemc Museum & Heritage Park is located along the banks of the...

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.

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Experience a real pit house!

This little museum is first class. The building exhibits are interesting and well lit and laid out, but the piece d' resistance is outside - an actual pit house in the ground... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 February 2016
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Kamloops, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

This little museum is first class. The building exhibits are interesting and well lit and laid out, but the piece d' resistance is outside - an actual pit house in the ground that you can go down into. It's an amazing experience and well worth the visit, much larger than I had imagined and I could see how they could... More 

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St. John's, NL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2016

My visit to this attraction was limited to indoors only, due to bear season and a lot of sightings/activity in the area that day. I played it safe and took in the indoor exhibits and had a pleasant and informative chat with one of the site attendants. There is a small gift shop as well. Apparently tourists had been stupidly... More 

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Kamloops, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

It gives a wonderful insight to a part history we were not taught in public school. This being a previous residential school gives you a look at what First Nations children had to endure. I can imagine what it would be like to have my children taken from me. It is well worth a visit

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Kamloops, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2015

This museum was interesting, historical and well worth the visit. Make sure you watch the video and take the walk around the outside to see the homes and plants. It was one of the best tourist attractions in the area, a don't miss.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2015

The Secwepemc Museum is worth crossing the river for. The main exhibition area is in a building that formerly served as the residence for the nuns and priests who ran the Indian residential school next door. This is where First Nations children, forcibly taken from their families, endured unspeakable horrors as the church and state conspired to "kill the Indian... More 

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Kamloops, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2015

This Museum provides a good history of the native American experience in this area including the darkness of the residential schools. It includes an outdoor excavation and reconstruction of the huts they lived in. The Museum also contains all kinds of artifacts such as boats,, baskets,tools, clothing found right in this area. It was well worth the visit

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2015

I brought a group of international students here in the summer. Unfortunately, I was keeping my students on track, so I didn't have much of a chance to take in the exhibits. However, we did get a tour from 2 nice ladies who worked there. I would call it a fairly bare bones museum- it's not very big, and the... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2015

I learned that the Canadian government—much like America’s Bureau of Indian Affairs—forced “First Nations” (indigenous) peoples into what can only be called internment camps to “reeducate and cleanse” them of their culture and language. The official name of these centers was Residential Schools. Children were taken from their parents in cattle cars and segregated on these compounds, the last of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2015

A great place to learn and understand some of the history, culture and social life of the indigenous peoples of British Columbia.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2015

This museum and heritage park are essential viewing for all interested in First Nation inhabitants of Canada. There is such a rich history of the Shuswap tribe, who used to reign supreme over vast tracts of land before the Europeans arrived in the gold rush, effectively putting an end to thousands of years of unbroken nomadic existence. You will be... More 

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