Open Doors Project

The Japanese Canadian National Museum

Would you like to learn more about Japanese Canadian history and culture?
The Japanese Canadian National Museum is the only dedicated repository of collections and archives relating to Japanese Canadians. Early settlement of Japanese Canadians started in the 1870s and was primarily on the BC coast. After 1942, the Japanese Canadian community was dispersed across Canada and many families were separated.  

The Japanese Canadian National Museum (JCNM) is an integral part of the National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre in Burnaby, BC. Our mission is to preserve and promote Japanese Canadian history, arts and culture through vibrant programs and exhibits that connect generations and inspire diverse audiences.

We invite you to visit our beautiful facility, enjoy our exhibits and programs, and explore our collections to discover how Japanese Canadians have made numerous and significant contributions to Canadian society.

The collections of the JCNM reflect the rich history of Japanese Canadians, and include items used in the early settlements and fishing communities, some of the few possessions preserved through the traumatic internment years, and documents and photographs relating to the important redress movement of the 1970s and 1980s.The public may access these artifacts and archival materials through our collaborative research centre. Many of our collections are available online at

Visit the museum gallery Tuesday-Saturday, from 11am – 5pm. Admission by donation. Exhibits are changed four times per year. Check our website at for details.

Education Programs
Contact us about our authentic tours and outreach activities related to Japanese Canadian history and culture – they are adaptable for a range of ages, from elementary to secondary school groups to Scouts, Guides or seniors. To receive more information, please contact or 604.777.7000 ext 110.

The JCNM has several publications relating to exhibits and Japanese Canadian history and culture. The Museum also produces the journal Nikkei Images three times per year. These are available in our museum shop.