Museum SnapshotsFour years ago I discovered many wonderful gowns in the attic of Government House. They certainly evoked a sense of the history of Government House and I felt that they should be shared with the people of British Columbia and our guests. Although we started off small, once the word spread that there was indeed this Costume Museum at Government House, many kind people decided to donate family heirlooms.

Located in the Cary Castle Mews on the grounds of Government House estate, the museum houses over forty costumes from the 1860’s to the present, along with vintage accessories, period artifacts and Government House memorabilia. Outfits worn by some of our Lieutenant Governors and their wives, including the official Windsor Uniform worn by the LG for official functions are all on display.

We invite everyone to come down and visit Government House. The grounds and beautiful gardens are open 7 days a week, from sunrise to sunset. The Cary Mews, featuring the Costume Museum, Tea Room, Interpretive Centre and Heraldry & Honours Exhibit is open Tuesdays to Saturday, 10am – 3pm

Free admission, free parking

Susan Erling-Tyrell
Costume Museum