Museum From Home
A museum doesn't just exist within its four walls.
Experience the museum from home with these online resources for educational fun. Perfect for teachers, homeschooling parents and seniors!
Built in 1891, Anniedale School is the oldest standing one room school in Surrey. Originally located at 96th Avenue and 182nd Street, it was named after Annie Bickerton Stanley, whose husband donated the land the school was built on.
The first teacher was Mr. Duncan Welsh of Milner (Langley). He had just 13 students, ranging from 4 to 15 years of age. Students came from Tynehead, Port Kells and and Barnston Island. During all the years of its operations, Anniedale School saw the highest percentage of its graduates obtain university degrees.
Eventually closing in 1954, it was briefly used as a community centre and then stood vacant. The school was saved from demolition by the Anniedale School PTA. It was moved to the new Anniedale Elementary School grounds in 1975, where it was renovated and used for children to experience what school was like in the 19th century. It was once again abandoned in the 1990s, but visits to the school remained a fond childhood memory for many.
The school was built for $660 in 1891, coming in $90 under budget! Thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, Anniedale School was moved to the Museum of Surrey grounds in 2018, where it underwent significant renovations to restore it to a 1920s schoolhouse.
Surrey's first town hall was built in 1881. The single room building not only held counsel meetings but also gatherings for some of Surrey's first community groups. When a larger town hall was built in 1912, the 1881 town hall became a poultry barn! The 1912 Hall is still standing on Highway 10 and now serves as home to the Surrey Archives.
In 1938, the original townhall was moved to the Cloverdale Exhibition Grounds, acting as Surrey's first museum until 1958. In 2018, it was moved to the Heritage Campus at Museum of Surrey.
See Past Weekly Features:
- In celebration of Canada Day, check out a selection of Canadian artifacts in our collection
- Recognizing National Indigenous Peoples Day - Take an enhanced virtual tour of the Indigenous Hall
- Celebrating Pride Month - Read about Pride in our Collection
- Anderson Cabin - Read the Anderson Cabin Info Sheet or print the Anderson Cabin Colouring Sheet.
Discover the Heritage Campus
There are seven highlights on the newly completed heritage hub in Cloverdale, dating from 1872 to present. Take an educational virtual tour or download the Heritage Campus Tour Guide. Both methods include archival photos and the history of each stop.
Keep your kids busy with the printable TD Explore Zone colouring book, inspired by the Arctic Voices Exhibit. Remember to share your masterpiece with us online by using the hashtag #MuseumOfSurrey.
Family History Activities
We opened a new exhibit during the temporary closure and are presenting it digitally! Discover Your Story: We Can Help features stories discovered by family researchers. It highlights the resources available to Surrey families so they can build their own family trees.See the printable information sheet and blank pedigree chart to get started.
Take a walk through the galleries with a virtual tour. Even do it in your pajamas! Make it a fun family affair by completing a scavenger hunt.
- Worlds of Wonder LEGO Exhibit Virtual Tour
- Being Punjabi: Unfolding the Surrey Story
- Arctic Voices Exhibit Virtual Tour and Scavenger Hunt
- Surrey Stories Gallery Virtual Tour and Scavenger Hunt
- TD Explore Zone Virtual Tour and Scavenger Hunt
Resources for Teachers and Homeschoolers
While the museum will not be offering on-site school programs this fall, three of our top school programs are now being offered digitally:
- Homestead to Highrise (K - Grade 2)
- Métis: The Flower Beadwork People (Grades 3–4)
- Simple Machines (Grade 5)
Our popular day camp activities are also being converted for you to do at home! Check out the Let's Celebrate! Day Camp Activities. Take a trip around the world and discover different celebrations through music, games, stories, and crafts.
Find Even More on Social Media
Follow the hashtag #MuseumsEh to see how Canadian museums are sharing their collections through uplifting posts to unite Canadian museum-goers.