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1865 Irving House


Visit New Westminster's Grandest House!

Located in the heart of the Royal City, Irving House is one of the oldest community heritage sites in BC. Step back to the 1800s as you enter the colonial home of Captain William Irving, King of the Fraser River

Over 140 years of memories live within Irving House "…the handsomest, the best and most home-like house of which British Columbia can yet boast..." was how Irving House was described in the British Columbian newspaper in April 1865.With 14 furnished rooms to enjoy, Irving House is a must-see for everyone interested in New Westminster’s past and anyone interested in the Victorian period, heritage architecture or colonial BC. 

During your visit you will admire the ornate ceiling plasterwork, the glow of original wallpaper and the elaborate fireplaces. You can easily imagine the festivities and celebrations that took place in the parlour and formal dining room. Let our costumed guides step you back in time!

You can also visit Irving House online through a Virtual Tour.

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  • We have openings for volunteers that involve a short interview and orientation. Check out our Volunteer Opportunities.

    Take the first step and submit a Volunteer Application form.

    We currently have openings for programming volunteers.  Each applicant has a short interview with a museum staff member to assess suitable placement.  The next step is an orientation (about two hours) on either a weekday or a Saturday morning.  Orientations for programming volunteers are ongoing.  Volunteer positions in programming are suitable for students and English learners.

    The programming positions are:

    • School program docents (weekdays)
    • Holiday program docents (Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, Xmas, other holidays)
    • Tour guide assistants on the Samson v (May – October positions)
    • Summer program docents at Irving House and the Samson V (July – August)

    While we are accepting applications for archival and curatorial research volunteers, there are currently no openings for research volunteers.  Interviews and orientations for these volunteers will take place as openings arise.

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