#120-6688 Southoaks Crescent Burnaby, BC Canada V5E 4M7

Hours: 11am-5pm, Tues - Sat (closed Sun, Mon & statutory holidays)
Phone: 604.777.7000
Email: jcnm@nikkeiplace.org


Our mission is to collect, preserve, interpret and exhibit artifacts and archives relating to the history of Japanese Canadians from the 1870s through the present, and to communicate to all the Japanese Canadian experience and contribution as an integral part of Canada's heritage and multicultural society.

Brief History of the JCNM

The Japanese Canadian History Preservation Committee, a subcommittee of the Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association, was established to acquire important historical material from within the Japanese Canadian community.
This committee of volunteers took on the task of learning the standards and procedures of archival institutions in order to care for their collection so that it would be accessible to the community, researchers, and the public.
The official group name became “Japanese Canadian Archives.”
The Archives changed its name to “Japanese Canadian National Museum and Archives” and was incorporated under Canadian federal law. The National Association of Japanese Canadians granted the JCNMAS seed money to begin operations.
The Museum and Archives shortened its name by removing “and Archives.”
The JCNM moved into the newly built National Nikkei Heritage Centre and officially opened its facility in September, 2000.
The JCNM membership voted 95.1% in favour of merging with the National Nikkei Heritage Centre Society, landlord to the JCNM.
The merger agreement was formally signed on May 10, 2003. The larger organization is the National Nikkei Museum and Heritage Centre. The Japanese Canadian National Museum name remains to identify the unchanging work of the Museum.