The Costume Museum is located within the Cary Castle Mews on the grounds of the Government House estate. Started in 2008, the museum was born from the discovery of vintage gowns in the attic of the House and recognition that the history of Government House is often reflected in the costumes of the period. The first items were gathered and displayed in the Cary Mews. Since then, the collection has grown as word of the museum has spread.
More than forty costumes and many more accessories and period artifacts are on display, including the official uniform of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. The museum currently boasts vintage as well as modern attire dating from the early 1800’s to the latter part of the twentieth century.
The Costume Museum is operated by the Friends of Government House Gardens Society with the support of Government House. All members of the Friends are welcome to volunteer at the museum. You don’t even have to do gardening!