Last week I had the opportunity to stop by the Kamloops Museum and Archives. I love that there is so much to see, learn and do at the museum! In my opinion, the most intriguing part is the cabin INSIDE of the museum. Yes, you read that right, there is a historic building inside of the museum!
Jean Baptiste Lolo (also known as St. Paul) was an employee and interpreter for the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) dating back to 1822. It was Jean Baptiste Lolo who, along with his family, lived in the Kamloops based cabin for a number of years.
The HBC built the cabin for Jean Baptiste Lolo. Along with some farm land, Jean ran a little trading post for the gold rush. The HBC had to move the cabin from its original location because of constant flooding. In 1843 they moved it to what is now known as the North Shore.
After Jean Baptiste’s passing in 1868, records on the cabin are unclear, however there was some information about a Kamloops resident named Ah Mee owning the cabin around the same time he owned the Elks Hotel in the 1910’s. The cabin was then acquired by one of the Kamloops museum founders.
The cabin was moved and put back together in 1937 and was placed in Riverside Park. At this location, it became the first Kamloops Museum. The cabin had so many collectables and exhibits that it needed bigger space and in 1957 the museum moved to where they are now (207 Seymour Street). The Kamloops Museum and Archives kept the cabin but didn’t display it until 2010, when they opened their children’s museum area.
Spending a day at the Kamloops Museum and Archives can be so much fun – there’s so much to do! Kids can see a puppet show, play dress up, enjoy a game of giant jenga, and even learn some sign language. If you want a memory that can stay with you, visit the front desk for some gifts. They have pencils, post cards, books, mugs and so much more. The Kamloos Museum and Archives is a fun place for the whole family to visit and entry is by donation. Make sure to check it out!
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