Downtown Chase - 1920

Downtown Chase – 1920

The museum doors are open with limited services. Our archives are open for research, which includes photographs and documents from Chase and District. Museum staff can provide tours of the authentic pioneer cabin and 1923 Franklin automobile. The museum welcomes those that would like to see the changes made to the museum.

Gateway to the Shuswap

Located on the shores of Little Shuswap Lake at the mouth of the South Thompson River, the picturesque Village of Chase blossomed almost overnight from a small farming community to a company boom town. Professionally designed exhibits, each representing a portion of our history invite visitors to step into the past to experience glimpses of First Nations culture and the development of this small community. We are a small museum but we tell a big story…

History of the Building

1page-img1The Museum is housed in the historic Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church built by Father LeJeune in 1910. This structure has the distinction of being an original building in the new boom town. The heritage integrity of the church with vaulted barrel ceiling and cathedral-style windows has been retained throughout these many years. The building operated as a church until 1984 and has housed the museum since 1987.


Our Sponsors

We wish to thank the following sponsors who have provided much of the funding which makes it possible for us to develop new exhibits and continue to preserve and display critical aspects of our cultural heritage for future generations.

Exhibit Development

• Kamloops Foundation
• BC Arts Council
• Virtual Museum of Canada
• Village of Chase
• Chase Lions Club
• Friends of the BC Archives

Operational Funding

• Village of Chase
• Chase Lions Club
• Chase Rotary Club
• Creekside Seniors
• BC Lottery Corporation
• Legion Branch 107
• Knights of Columbus
• Ladies Auxillary to RCL  Branch 107








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