Research at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre

The Nikkei National Museum houses archival materials, art, and objects relating to Japanese Canadian heritage.

Our mandate is to promote a better understanding and appreciation of Japanese Canadian culture and heritage; and an awareness by all Canadians of the contribution of Japanese Canadians to Canadian society. We do this by making our extensive collection readily accessible to the public.

The easiest way to search the collection is by looking through our online collection database at  You can also access the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, the New Denver Internment Memorial Centre, and the Kamloops Japanese Canadian Museum & Archives’ collections by way of this address.  The database is updated on an almost daily basis so check back often to watch the collections grow.

Thank you to the Museum Assistance Program of Canadian Heritage, the Vancouver Foundation, the Irving K Barber BC History Digitization Program, the Library and Archives Canada Documentary Heritage Communities Program, Young Canada Works, and Canada Summer Jobs for their support of our work.

Donate to the Collection

We are looking for donations of photographs, archival material and objects relevant to the history and culture of Japanese Canadians. If you know of anyone with such materials, please let them know that the Nikkei National Museum would be an ideal place to preserve these items for future generations as well as to share them with other members of the community.

If you have items you wish to donate, please contact the Collections Manager, Lisa Uyeda, for more information at [email protected] or 604.777.7000 ext 140.

A completed Deed of Gift form is required for all donations to the museum collection.

Charles H. Kadota Resource Centre

By appointment, researchers can access the Museum’s collection and reference library in the wheelchair accessible Charles H. Kadota Resource Centre.

As an alternative, Museum staff are happy to respond to long-distance research requests via email at [email protected].
Please Note: For long distant requests, museum staff will dedicate 30 minutes of free research time – every hour after that is $50.

If you are interested in filming archival materials or objects at the Centre, we charge $75 an hour with a cancellation/rebooking fee of $75.

Order Photographs from the Collection

You may order digital reproductions of photographs and other media from the Museum’s collection.  For prices, please click here. To order a reproduction, please email [email protected].  Alternatively, you may mail it to Nikkei Centre or contact our Research Archivist, Daien Ide, by phone at 604.777.7000 ext 111.

All reproductions used for publication or display must be credited to the Nikkei National Museum. Instructions on how to credit the images are on the order form.

All responsibility for copyright infringement and invasion of privacy arising from use of reproductions is assumed by the user.