Visitors taking in Dinosaurs Unearthed on opening day

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

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.

A life-size cutout from the exhibit

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

An incredible piece of artwork by Roxanne Charles

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 swarm of bees on a honeycomb

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.

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.

A boy makes his way through an ice cave

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 juvenile animatronic T-Rex

Community Treasures

Rizwaan Abbas' father
A miniature of Cloverdale Station
Several items from the exhibit.

The Indo-Fijians: Surrey's Pocket of Paradise 

September 15, 2021 - May 1, 2022. Local archaeologist, Rizwaan Abbas, was inspired to tell the story of Indo-Fijian people as he spent time alone with his father while his father lay dying. Take a virtual tour.



20 Years: Surrey’s Heritage Rail

June 2 - September 4, 2021. This exhibit celebrated the 20th anniversary of the volunteer-run Fraser Valley Heritage Rail Society. The exhibit includes historic photos, video, models, a replica Cloverdale Station sign and artifacts from two collections. Take a virtual tour.


The Real Mandrake the Magician

February 17 - May 16, 2021. A highlight on Surrey's own world-renowned magician, mentalist, illusionist, escapologist, ventriloquist and stunt performer. His son Lon teamed up with MOS to pay tribute to his father's compelling story of curiosity and cultural transformation. Take a virtual tour.

Discover Your Story - We Can Help!

May 8 - December 14, 2020. Curated by BC Genealogical Society and Cloverdale Library Family History. Stories discovered by family researchers were told with resources for Surrey families so they could build their own family trees. Take a virtual tour.

Our Colours, Our Stories

September 28, 2018 – January 6, 2019. In collaboration with Vancouver’s HCMA Design Group. The story of how the museum’s new design, brand and colours were inspired by the textile collection. Items from the textile collection were featured.

Of Import
Filipino Textile Traditions

June 4 – September 22, 2019. In collaboration with local Filipino textile collector Leo Haban, this exhibit showed textiles from the Leo Haban collection produced in multiple Philippine island regions and diverse traditions.

Chinese Culture and Art Exhibit

October 8, 2019 - February 2, 2020.  An exhibit of local and International Chinese art and culture presented by the Chinese Village Club, a non-profit organization as well as a community organization located in South Surrey and White Rock area.

Diverse Francophones

February 5 - May 26, 2019. In collaboration with the Mauritian Association of Surrey and Haitian Association of Metro Vancouver. This bilingual exhibit compared and contrasted the objects and experiences of Francophones from Haiti and Mauritius.

What We Bring:
Canada’s 150th

May 23 – September 17, 2017. Surrey’s stories of immigration were shown through the objects people brought with them from their original homelands. The display included objects lent from Surrey community members and our own collection.

Surrey Francophone Association 30th Anniversary | September 26 – December 23, 2017
Created in collaboration with the Société historique francophone de la Colombie-Britannique and curated by Maurice Guibord.

Disney’s Untold Stories | February 7 – May 14, 2017
Curated by David Lesjak of the Southwestern British Columbia Chapter of the Disneyana Fan Club.

West African Vodu: An exhibition of Sound, Sight and Spirit | November 13 – December 13, 2016
Co- Curated by Curtis Andrews, in collaboration with his colleague Dr. Kofi Gbolonyo.

Ukrainians in Canada: 125 Years | February 9 – July 9, 2016
A partner exhibit with the University of Alberta.

Books Abound | July – December, 2015
In conjunction with the Surrey International Writers’ Conference.

Community Treasures Curated by MOS

  • Eating in Elegance | July 12 – December 23, 2016
  • Cultural Cures: Surrey’s Wellness Communities | Spring, 2015
  • Fuse Foods | February – July, 2014