The Nikkei National Museum houses archival materials, art and artefacts relating to Japanese Canadian heritage. Our mandate is to promote a better understanding and appreciation of Japanese Canadian culture. We do this by making our extensive collection of more than 4000 historical photographs, 1000 artefacts, 350 oral history recordings and 150 metres of archives and textual material accessible to the public.
By appointment, researchers can access the collection in the Museum’s wheelchair accessible Research Centre. As an alternative, Museum staff are happy to respond to long-distance research requests. Researchers can also access our collections database by clicking here (nikkeimuseum.org).
To see a complete list of our Research, Reproductions and Use services and pricing, please click here.
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Donations to the Collection
We are looking for donations of photographs, archives and artifacts relevant to the history and culture of Japanese Canadians. If you know of anyone with such materials, please let them know that the Japanese Canadian National Museum would be an ideal place to preserve these items for future generations as well as to share them with other members of the community.We are also looking for volunteers to assist with cataloguing, photography, oral history collection and data entry.
Contact our Collections Manager for more information at 604.777.7000 ext.140 or firstname.lastname@example.org
People looking for more historical information on British Columbia can do so by going to MemoryBC.
Museum Collections Database
We recently received several grants to assist with our collections cataloguing and digitization project. Thank you to the Irving K Barber BC History Digitization Project, The Museum Assistance Program of Canadian Heritage, Young Canada Works and Canada Summer Jobs for their support. Through this project, museum staff have scanned over 2000 photographs, and have catalogued and photographed over 500 objects that are now available to view on our online database.
Please note that every attempt has been made to provide accurate information on the database. If you see something you would like to correct please contact the museum.