Visitors taking in Dinosaurs Unearthed on opening day

Even museums have histories. Check out the past exhibits displayed in the MOS galleries.

Surrey on Screen

August 18, 2022 - April 16, 2023. See a collection of objects used in Surrey film and television productions on loan from Warner Bros. Archives of Los Angeles and artifacts from Surrey Heritage Collection. Take a virtual tour.


people at surrey on screen exhibit

Broken Promises

February 4 - April 24, 2022. Co-curated by the Nikkei National Museum with the Royal British Columbia Museum and the Landscapes of Injustice research collective, this bilingual (French-English) exhibit showcased the personal histories of people from seven families interned during WWII. Take a virtual tour.

A Japanese Canadian is arrested during internment

Trailblazing: Women in Canada Since 1867

June 4 - September 12, 2021. Often overlooked in history books, women’s contributions helped shape Canada.. This exhibit told the too often untold stories of 150 years of women’s issues in Canada. Themes included work, education, body, politics and violence against women. Take a virtual tour.

Untangling Textiles

May 10 - July 31, 2022
A tapestry of cultures was showcased through fibres, tools, techniques and finished textiles. Displays included an authentic Indian Charka, a Salish loom, a finger-woven traditional Voyaguer sash, real silk cocoons and more - all with a Surrey connection. Take a Virtual Tour  

A working textile on a loom

BEES! In Partnership with the Honeybee Centre

October 5 - December 19, 2021.  The interactive exhibit inspired a respect for this sophisticated insect and showed how bee health is an indicator of the health of the whole environment. The exhibit also touches on indigenous bees, beekeeping equipment and bee products. Take a virtual tour.

A life-size cutout from the exhibit
A swarm of bees on a honeycomb

Nature's Clothesline

October 29, 2020 - February 20, 2021. Nature’s Clothesline introduces the idea of sustainable textiles through upcycled art, textile creations and objects about sustainability. Take a virtual tour

Shake Up

March 11 - June 6, 2021. Indigenous knowledge, science and pop culture united to address ‘the big one’ and preserving what we value. In partnership with MOA. Take a virtual tour.

An incredible piece of artwork by Roxanne Charles
A replica Nininigaml mask.

Being Punjabi:
Unfolding the Surrey Story

October 2, 2019 - February 23, 2020. A community curated exhibit about the stories and experiences of Surrey's Punjabi community, from immigration to settlement to connection. Take a virtual tour.

Being Punjabi exhibit entrance

Worlds of Wonder
A LEGO Inspired Exhibit

April 24 - September 8, 2019.  In partnership with Vancouver’s Community for Adult Fans of LEGO, the exhibit was  themed around nature, technology and history. Take a virtual tour.

Worlds of Wonder brick inspired exhibit

Arctic Voices

March 5 - June 28, 2020. Co-produced by the Canadian Museum of Nature and Science North, the exhibit explored the Arctic's wildlife and the people who live there and how they’ve adapted to survive. Take a virtual tour.

Dinosaurs Unearthed

September 29, 2018 - March 31, 2019.  Animatronic dinosaurs, fossils and hands-on activities allowed visitors to see the interactive exhibit through a paleontology lens or as pure Jurassic entertainment. 

A boy makes his way through an ice cave
A juvenile animatronic T-Rex

Community Treasures