In the early 1970’s residents of Armstrong found themselves powerless to save an historic building from being demolished. This event was the spark that led to the creation of the Armstrong Spallumcheen Historical Society, incorporated in 1974. In the beginning, the Society’s collection consisted mainly of historical photographs. Almost a decade later the City of Armstrong offered the Society space in part of a machine storage building. The Society opened a museum to the public in 1983. In 1988, with the help of a gift from Rusty Freeze, they expanded into the rest of the building and added an Art Gallery. At this time the name of the Society changed to the Armstrong Spallumcheen Museum and Arts Society. The museum and art gallery are the result of the dedication of the many volunteers from the community who continue to be active in it’s operation.
THE Armstrong Spallumcheen Museum and Art Gallery is located in historic downtown Armstrong. The first building on this site was moved from Lansdowne circa 1892 when most of that community relocated to Armstrong. In 1905 F.A. Clayton bought the existing blacksmith business. Over time he expanded the building. The business was later operated by his sons and gradually changed into a machine shop. It has also served as a storage facility, automobile garage and gas station. Since becoming a museum, the facility has been upgraded many times, Our renovations in 2011 included fresh paint, new signage, a timber frame entrance and a colonnade. We now have a brand new, but still historic, look for a favourite old building.
What we do at the Armstrong Spallumcheen Museum and Art Gallery:
- Research, document, store, preserve, and make accessible Armstrong Spallumcheen artifacts and records.
- Respond to archival inquiries from around the world.
- Educate visitors about the history of this region.
- Provide educational services to our schools.
- Support local artists by exhibiting their work.
- Supply a venue for a drop-in painting group.
- Sponsor art related workshops.
- Offer a summer Painting-In-The-Park program for children 6-12 years of age.
- Attract tourists and host tour groups interested in the art and history of Armstrong and Spallumcheen.
- Provide access to very low cost used books at our annual book sale.
Administrator: Lark Lindholm