Museum of Surrey: Being Punjabi

About Being Punjabi: Unfolding the Surrey Story

Discover the story behind the first major exhibition in Canada to shine a spotlight on Surrey’s Punjabis. Displayed at the Museum of Surrey from October 2, 2019 – February 23, 2020 the exhibit showcased raw and compelling stories of struggle and success. Curator Colleen Sharpe, and Community Advisor, Steven Purewal share insights into this historic exhibit. Learn how this community led exhibit featured over 120 borrowed objects, 16 guest writers, 14 video interviews, 12 oral histories, and 8 artworks. The first Punjabis came to Canada in 1897 during the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. Nearly 125 years later, Surrey is home to over 100,000 Punjabis. Being Punjabi: Unfolding the Surrey Story invites continued dialogue about what it means to be Punjabi in Surrey – past, present and future. The exhibit is a tribute to Punjabi community members who came forward to share their stories.



See the Being Punjabi: Unfolding the Surrey Story virtual tour here.


About the Museum of Surrey

Our mission is to ignite young imaginations and connect Surrey's diverse citizens and communities. We contribute to community life by celebrating Surrey’s past, present and future through innovative, dynamic and delightful learning, storytelling, and creating shared experiences. Exhibits are offered throughout the year that focus on the people of Surrey, community partners, current affairs and fun, interactive learning. Exhibitions and programs always relate to the residents of Surrey with subject matter that includes Indigenous learning, immigration, Surrey’s diverse communities, and sustainability.

For more info visit the Museum of Surrey website.


We couldn't do this without the generous support of our sponsors. If you're interested, we'd love to chat. We look forward to working with companies and organizations ready and excited to share their love for the community!


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