Museums and Galleries
Whether you are interested in international art, local craftsmanship or the rich cultural history of the area, Castlegar has many cultural venues for every art enthusiast or history buff.
Castlegar Station Museum
Castlegar's Museum is housed in over a century old rail station, and one of the best historically preserved in the province. Once inside you can envision the hustle and bustle of the passengers boarding the trains. The stationsagent's residence on the upper floor provides you with a wonderful sensation of the early 1900's. The newspaper archives will give you hours of enjoyment. The gift shop offers visitors a variety of locally crafted souvenirs to choose from and the beautifully landscaped area around the front of the station is a wonderful spot to rest with accessible parking to the downtown shops.
Location: 400 13th Avenue, Castlegar, B.C. V1N 1G2
Website: The Station Museum
Season: Open Tuesday to Saturday, May through June and seven days per week July through September. Hours are 10am to 5pm.
Closed Holidays: New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Canada Day, BC Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day
Kootenay Gallery of Art
The Kootenay Gallery of Art, located in Castlegar, is a public art gallery that serves the entire West Kootenay Region. It is one of the 28 original exhibition centres built in the 1970s so that people in rural areas could enjoy the great works of art, sourced regionally, nationally and internationally as well as provide a professional venue for regional artists to show and sell their work.
Location:120 Heritage Way, Castlegar, B.C. V1N 4M5
Website: The Kootenay Gallery of Art
Zuckerberg Island Heritage Park
Come take a walk around our island park and discover a heritage of human and natural history unique within the Columbia River Valley. Your visit will take you back several thousand years to when the Lakes Salish people first fished and built their winter pit houses here. Almost 200 years ago David Thompson sailed down the Columbia past this island. 60 years when Alexander Zuckerberg built his unique Russian Orthodox Chapel House. Proceeds from donations, gift shop items, weddings and tours go back into the operating and maintenance of Zuckerberg Island and the Station Museum.
Location: 9th Street and 7th Avenue, Castlegar, B.C. V1N 4M5
Cost: Admission by Donation, Phone: 250-365-6440
Hours: Open 7 days a week, May through August.
Website: The Zuckerberg Island Heritage Park
More Information: Zuckerberg Island Heritage Park Page
Doukhobor Discovery Centre
The Doukhobor Discovery Centre will introduce you to Doukhobor culture and their unique lifestyle as it evolved in the Kootenay region of British Columbia from 1908 to 1938. Over 1,000 artifacts represent the pioneering, fascinating arts and crafts, customs and religion of the people. This enjoyable and unique museum is nestled in a beautiful historic setting on the banks of the Columbia River on traditional Doukhobor orchard land near the original settlement of 1908. Here, you can learn about the origin of the Doukhobor people as you stroll through the spacious grounds.