Plan Your Visit

Where History Comes Alive!

Welcome to the Secwépemc Museum & Heritage Park, where history comes alive!

Nestled in the heart of Secwépemc territory, our museum and heritage park offer a captivating journey through the rich and diverse cultural heritage of the Secwépemc people. Immerse yourself in the stories, traditions, and artistry of this vibrant community as you explore our thoughtfully curated exhibits and beautifully landscaped heritage park. Our museum showcases a remarkable collection of artifacts, photographs, and interactive displays, providing visitors of all ages with a deeper understanding of Secwépemc history and culture. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, an art lover, or simply curious about the indigenous heritage of British Columbia, there’s something here for everyone. Plan your visit today and experience the beauty and resilience of this incredible culture. Come explore, learn, and be inspired at the Secwépemc Museum & Heritage Park. We look forward to welcoming you!


Getting Here

To reach the Secwépemc Museum, located in the traditional territory of the Secwépemc people, follow these driving directions. Begin by heading north on Highway 97 from Kamloops for approximately 47 kilometers. Take the exit onto Lafarge Road and continue for 2 kilometers until you reach the roundabout. Take the second exit onto Mission Flats Road and drive for another 2 kilometers. Turn left onto Chief Alex Thomas Way, and after approximately 1 kilometer, you will arrive at the Secwépemc Museum on your right. Enjoy your visit and immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the Secwépemc Nation at the museum.


An Educational Experience

The Secwépemc Museum and Heritage Park offers 3 galleries, one educational theatre space, as well as a tribute garden and nature park . The goal of the SMHP is to offer educational experiences that center on Secwépemc history and culture while promoting the use of Secwépemctsín. The exhibits we present are meant to offer insight into the rich history of the Secwépemc people both past and present and inspire pride and connection.

All public areas cared for by the museum are currently closed to the public as they undergo renovations or redevelopment. The SMHP will be excited to host you once our doors are again open. Please check in for any future updates.

The museum is still available to offer tours of the former Kamloops Indian Residential school.

Hours of Operation

When are we open?

Mon – Fri: 8am – 4pm
Sat & Sun: By Appointment Only


Ticket Information

  • Children (6 & Under): FREE
  • Youth (7 – 17 yrs): $7.63
  • Post-Secondary Student: $8.88
  • Elder (60 & Over): $8.88
  • Adult: $12.67


Artifacts and Archival Materials

The SMHP houses numerous objects and items from or associated with the Secwépemc and Secwépemcúl’ecw. The purpose of the SMHP is to Preserve, Record, Perpetuate and Enhance contemporary and historic Secwépemc artifacts and archival materials. as such we currently house not only historic Secwépemc materials such as drums, baskets, harvesting and hunting tools but also their contemporary counterparts. The SMHP also houses items relating to contemporary artists and knowledge keepers, the Kamloops Indian residential school, and ranching and trading.

The SMHP is not currently able to accept in person research appointments of our collections. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Connect with OUR Heritage

Our Tour Options

Discover the diverse range of tours awaiting you at the Secwépemc Museum & Heritage Park in Kamloops, BC. Step back in time with our Kamloops Indian Residential School Tour, led by knowledgeable guides who will unveil the history and experiences within the school’s chapel, dining room, kitchen, boys’ dormitory, and gymnasium, shedding light on a crucial part of our nation’s past. Coming soon, our Pre-Contact Tour will immerse you in the rich Secwépemc culture before European contact, delving into clothing, hunting, fishing, tools, housing, and more. For those with a deeper interest in indigenous knowledge, our upcoming Ethnobotany Tour will explore traditional foods, medicines, and building materials, highlighting the enduring connection of the Secwépemc people to their ancestral lands. Join us for these captivating journeys of discovery and enlightenment.

Kamloops Indian Residential School Tour

Follow our guide through the Kamloops Indian Residential School (1923-1977). Our guide will take you through the chapel, dining room, kitchen, boys’ dormitory, and gymnasium sharing the history of what really took place at this school.

Pre-Contact Tour (Coming Soon!)

Walk through the museum galleries with our guide to learn about the rich culture of the Secwépemc before contact. Dive into topics like clothing, hunting and fishing, tools, housing, and so much more. This tour is great for all ages and is an excellent introductory tour for the other tours available.

Ethnobotany Tour (Coming Soon!)

Take a deeper dive into our knowledge of traditional foods, medicines, and building materials. Secwépemc roughly translates to “the people of the spread-out land” and our connection to the land has kept us here since time in memorial.