Step back in time by entering the Fairview Jail, one of the few remaining intact buildings from our gold mining past!
Guided Downtown Heritage Walking Tours are by donation in the summer months. Call ahead for schedule and meeting location.
Location: 474 School Ave., Oliver BC
Hours: Sept-May: Tues-Fri 1pm-4pm
June-Aug: Tues-Sat 10am-4pm
The Oliver and District Museum is housed in the old BC Provincial Police building, a heritage location built in the 1920s.
Our current feature exhibit is Deep Roots, which focuses on the history of Oliver and its surrounding area. Learn about the unique ecosystem of the South Okanagan, its settlement during eras of fur trading, mining, ranching and agriculture, and the culture and resilience of the Syilx Okanagan people who continue to call it home. This interactive exhibit also takes a contemporary look at Oliver’s growth and demographic change and includes a history of the Museum building. Come in and watch a film, listen to radio broadcasts of local news from the 1930s and 40s, touch a beaver pelt, and take a photo to remember your visit with our photographic Selfie Station.
When you’re finished, you can take a stroll down paved paths in our new, wheelchair-accessible Heritage Garden, which features native plants and information about plants, animals and landscape and their names in nsyilxcən or Okanagan language.