Pavement cracked due to an earthquake

Science, Indigenous knowledge and pop culture unite to address 'the big one.'

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Museum of Surrey 17710 56A Avenue

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As the highest risk earthquake zone in Canada, rumblings of 'the big one' have haunted the minds of Lower Mainland residents for years. This exhibit marries science with ancient Indigenous knowledge, highlighting earthquake safe architecture and preparedness. Earthquakes in pop culture tie it all together to keep us all grounded.

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Immersive Experiences

With something for all ages, the exhibit will feature an earthquake sound yurt, as well as a simulated drive down a San Fransisco street just after the 1906 quake. Featuring never-before-seen footage, experience the aftermath of a real earthquake.

A Collaboration Between Museums

Shake Up: Preserving What We Value was originally developed by the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. To complement the multi-media installations, MOS has added Surrey specific content and items from the Heritage Surrey Collection.

Pre-Register for a Visit

Call 604-592-6956 to register for a one hour visit of the entire museum. 


Wednesday to Saturday
9:30am - 4:30pm

The museum follows all citywide COVID-19 safety protocols. A maximum of 40 visitors are allowed in the museum at a time for one way visits. Upon arrival, please wait outside until invited in, observing COVID-19 health protocols. Masks are mandatory and must be worn in all City facilities. Reusable Museum of Surrey masks are available for purchase for $6 plus tax.

How to Prepare for an Earthquake

In an earthquake, sound usually precedes any ground movement by a split second. This is followed by shaking that can last from several seconds to several minutes. Over the following hours or days, aftershocks may occur. Learn more about earthquake preparedness