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A space for community partners to tell their own stories.

Address

Museum of Surrey, 17710 56A Avenue

Tickets & Pricing

Free

These collaborative exhibits are an opportunity for community groups and cultural organizations from all over Surrey to showcase their treasures and share their stories with a wider audience.

Currently Accepting Proposals for 2022

Do you have a specific idea for a group or themed exhibit? Whether your community is united by ancestral heritage or by video games, your idea is welcome. Community Treasures is a space dedicated to the diverse and talented curators that live within all of us. Submission deadlines for 2022 exhibit proposals are April 1, 2021 and September 1, 2021.

There is no cost to take part in this program and staff will help guide you through the process step-by-step. Each Community Treasures exhibit is different. The museum will help you create yours in a way that is unique to your organization.

The Community Treasures Exhibit Guidebook includes:

  • The application form
  • A guide to get started
  • An outline of what MOS and partners are responsible for
  • A timeline to create your exhibit

Be inspired by past Community Treasures exhibits by visiting our Past Exhibits page or check out our upcoming Community Treasures exhibit, The Real Mandrake the Magician. For questions, email museum@surrey.ca.

"Working with the museum was very easy, enjoyable and flexible. As we had our materials ready to go, the technical aspect was easy to coordinate with the technical staff, who were very helpful.”

- Curtis Andrews, Community Curator

How Are Exhibits Selected?

Exhibit proposals are reviewed by the museum for how well they fit Museum of Surrey’s mission and values. Exhibits with a connection to Surrey are given preference. Final selection will be approved by the Museum Community Advisory Board.

Deadline for Applications

The Museum Community Advisory Board will meet twice in 2021 to review 2022 applications. The deadline to for the first review is April 1, 2021. The second deadline is September 1, 2021.


 

Current Exhibit

The Real Mandrake the Magician

Leon Mandrake was a Surrey-based magician best known as Mandrake the Magician. His son Lon Mandrake, also a magician, has teamed up with MOS staff to display memorabilia about his father's notable career. Expect to see.

  • Magical tools of the trade that belonged to Mandrake the Magician, including decks of cards, his magic wand and a crystal ball to name a few
  • Posters from performances
  • Comics, figurines and ephemera from that era
  • Performance costumes belonging to Mandrake the Magician and his assistant, Lon’s mom, Velvet 

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